Good Reading : December January 2011
eyecare LifestyLe The environment we read in can have a significant impact upon the quality of our eyesight.The amount of light you read in does make a difference to the level of exertion you place on your eyes. Here are a few ideas on how to look after them: Read in well-lit places. If you enjoy reading on public transport, invest in a book light.They are not expensive and will help to preserve your eyesight for a little while longer. Wear sunglasses while you're at the beach to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Exposing your eyes for long periods to glare from the sun is not good for your vision -- and can hasten the development of cataracts. Become more physically active to reduce the risk of vision problems. Research shows that exercise reduces the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which can contribute to eyesight loss. It's also believed that the improvement in general circulation brought about by exercise plays a significant role in improving eye health. Drink lots of water and avoid too much alcohol to help to keep your peepers bright and sparkling. If you're a smoker consider quitting, as research show that smokers are twice as likely to lose their eyesight as non-smokers. technoLogy The new technological developments in the last few years now enable us to carry around a tiny 200g machine that contains hundreds of books. But your eyes may not share the excitement, especially if you're also looking at computer screens for long periods.There are, however, some helpful things you can do to reduce the strain on your vision while reading words on a screen. If you're working at a computer for several hours, look away every 15--20 minutes -- preferably out the window at a distant object.This allows your eyes some variation in focusing distance, and it encourages you to blink and moisten your eyes. Sit further back in your chair when looking at a computer; if you're reading on a device, hold it at least 20cm away from your eyes and remember to look up and around every 15--20 minutes. The start of a headache or sore eyes generally indicates that your eyes are tired of focusing. Don't continue to strain them, as this will be har mful in the long ter m. Take a 5-minute break and allow your eyes to refresh by blinking repeatedly or closing your eyes for a few minutes. Or try palming -- rub your hands together for a few seconds, then cup your palms and place them over your open eyes. Make sure that you place your hands over your eyes so that you can't see any light. Keep your palms over your eyes for at least 30 seconds. the optometrist Be sure to have your eyes tested regularly: for children and young people, every one to two years should suffice, and anyone over the age of 40 is advised to visit their optometrist once a year. Choose from Australia's largest range of bestselling local and internatonal ttles in Large Print. Each book is produced 'to order ' with free postage. Use the Promoton Code: e09980ea in Dec or Jan to receive a 10% discount at www.readhowyouwant.com.au or ask your local library to order our ttles for you. Do you ﬁnd most book text too small to read comfortably? a sight for sore eyes If you read voraciously, then it’s likely that you frequently suffer from sore eyes. Here are some tips that may help prevent reading from becoming a sore topic.