Many of us have been stuck in the house for over a month with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing lockdowns all over the globe. But have you noticed during quarantine if you’re having vision problems??
It’s not uncommon for people in isolation to begin having vision problems. In fact, it is quite common among submariners…
No, not Namor the Submariner!! Actual people who work in submarines.
The U.S. Navy has known since the 1970s that sailors aboard submarines started developing vision issues after long periods of time at sea.
In a study of health risks studied over a 5 year period, vision issues were one of the most common side effects of working aboard a submarine.
What Causes Submariner Vision?
So what is it that sailors on submarines and people in confinement due to quarantine have in common?
They commonly don’t look more than 30 feet in front of them!
That’s right, if you’re having difficulty focusing, it could be because you’re spending too much time looking at things that are fairly close to you.
But what are the solutions to this problem?
Steps to Avoid Quarantine Vision Problems
As photographers, our vision is a very important part of what we do! So it is essential for us to take care of our eyes. Here are a few tips to help you solve or avoid quarantine vision problems:
1. Eat Foods that Improve Eye Health
Foods that are high in Vitamin A or lutein are good for eye health. Some foods that can improve your eye health include fish, eggs, leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens), zucchini, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and carrots!
2. Take Regular Breaks from the Computer
Spending all day looking at a computer screen or tablet or phone puts strain on your eyes. Take a break for a few minutes every hour to give your eyes a rest. Your eyes need to recuperate to stay healthy!
3. Practice Focusing Your Eyes
Take some time each day to go outside, or at least look out a window and focus on objects that are far away.
I find it works best to focus on something a medium distance away for 15-30 seconds, then focus FAR away for the same amount of time, then switch to something close. Then repeat the process a couple of times.
4. Stay Hydrated
Not getting enough water can cause problems with your vision. Be sure to drink at least 64 fluid ounces of water every day both for the health of your eyes AND the rest of your body.
Share With Your Friends
It’s important that we all stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Please share this information with your friends so that they can be sure to take care of their eyes while we’re all on lockdown!