What are you doing for your eyes?

 In an age dominated by digital screens, it is especially important to maintain good eye health. PHOTO: THINKSTOCK
In an age dominated by digital screens, it is especially important to maintain good eye health. PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

It’s late at night and you’re finishing up some work on the computer, or sifting through e-mails on your phone. Your eyes feel dry and your vision is slightly blurred.

Your eyes may be more than just tired; these are potential signs of digital eye strain.

As the name suggests, this discomfort arises after looking at screens for extended periods of time. The blue light emitted from the screens of digital devices are a source of this strain.

Worryingly, digital eye strain might affect a lot more of us than you might think. According to an article in The Straits Times earlier this year, a survey revealed that consumers who were polled spend most of their waking hours on gadgets — 12 hours and 42 minutes a day on average.

This excessive exposure to blue light has several detrimental effects on our eyes; continued exposure to blue light over time could lead to damaged retinal cells.

It has also been suggested that such damage could possibly lead to eye diseases cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. Age-related macular degeneration, especially, can lead to vision loss at advanced stages, and even blindness.

Keeping sight of eye health

There are several ways we can attempt to mitigate the damage done to our eyes by this blue light. For instance, taking regular eye breaks at 20-minute intervals can help to reduce eye strain.

However, dietary intervention is often employed for combating the age-related eye diseases associated with blue light exposure. It is also one of the most convenient methods, especially for many individuals whose work compels them to face screens day after day.

The human eyes are naturally unable to produce carotenoids, and must therefore obtain them from dietary sources, such as leafy vegetables and supplements.

The case for supplements

Products such as BRAND’S Lutein Essence make it convenient to obtain the necessary carotenoids you require for vision health PHOTO: BRAND'S


Unfortunately, most people simply do not consume enough of such foods to obtain the carotenoids needed. According to a Singapore Chinese Health Study conducted on a prospective cohort of 63,257 men and women (aged 45–74 years between 1993 and 1998), the average lutein or zeaxanthin intake was 1.9mg/day.

Supplements offer a simple means to obtain these carotenoids without requiring a drastic dietary overhaul.

It has been clinically proven that a daily intake of 10mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin supports vision health production. BRAND’S Lutein Essence contains this optimal ratio of lutein and zeaxanthin and have scientifically supported ratio to supplement your daily diet, which is a convenient way of consuming the right amount of these carotenoids.

BRAND’S Lutein Essence comes in delicious liquid forms, and are made with natural ingredients. 

Our vision plays an essential role, enabling us to have productive, healthy lifestyles. Our eyes work tirelessly to keep us up and running daily, and can easily be damaged when not given the proper treatment. To that end, it is crucial that we treat them with the respect and care that they need.

Small changes to one’s diet can ultimately go a long way in doing so.