In a world dominated by screens and constant visual stimulation, maintaining good eye health is paramount. From simple daily practices to mindful lifestyle choices, this comprehensive guide explores the best tips to ensure your eyes stay healthy and vibrant.

Best tips to maintain good eye health

  1. The 20-20-20 Rule: Embrace Breaks

In the digital age, where screens dominate our lives, the 20-20-20 rule offers respite. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, focusing on something 20 feet away. This simple practice alleviates eye strain and fatigue, promoting long-term health.

  1. Balanced Diet, Bright Eyes

Nourish your eyes from within. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and antioxidants supports eye health. Include fish, leafy greens, and colorful fruits to ensure your eyes receive the nutrients they need.

  1. Hydration Matters

Water is not just for your body; it’s crucial for your eyes too. Proper hydration helps prevent dry eyes, maintaining optimal lubrication. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water daily for overall well-being, including your eyes.

  1. Adequate Sleep: The Unsung Hero

Quality sleep is a cornerstone of good eye health. Lack of sleep contributes to eye strain and discomfort. Ensure 7-8 hours of restful sleep to rejuvenate your eyes and keep them functioning optimally.

  1. Proper Lighting: A Bright Idea

Create an eye-friendly environment by ensuring adequate lighting. Avoid harsh glare from screens or overly dim spaces. Position your lighting to reduce eye strain and enhance visibility, promoting a comfortable atmosphere.

  1. Regular Eye Check-ups: Proactive Prevention

Don’t wait for vision issues to manifest. Regular eye check-ups can detect problems early, allowing for timely intervention. Schedule comprehensive eye exams at least once a year, even if you have no apparent issues.

FAQs about maintaining good eye health

How often should I follow the 20-20-20 rule?

It’s recommended to follow the 20-20-20 rule every 20 minutes of screen time to effectively reduce eye strain.

Can diet really impact eye health?

Absolutely. A well-balanced diet, rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins, significantly contributes to maintaining optimal eye health.

Is it necessary to visit an eye specialist if I have no vision issues?

Yes, preventive care is crucial. Regular eye check-ups can detect potential issues before they escalate, ensuring proactive management.

What role does sleep play in eye health?

Quality sleep allows your eyes to rest and recover, preventing strain and fatigue. Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep for optimal eye well-being.

How can I reduce eye strain from prolonged screen use?

Besides the 20-20-20 rule, adjust screen brightness, use anti-glare filters, and ensure your screen is at eye level to minimize strain during prolonged use.

Are there specific exercises to improve eye health?

Yes, simple eye exercises like focusing on near and far objects and eye rolls can improve flexibility and reduce eye strain.


Prioritizing your eye health through these best tips ensures a lifetime of clear vision and well-being. Remember, proactive measures today pave the way for a future with vibrant and healthy eyes.

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Dr. Bryan Fuller

Dr. Bryan Fuller of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Fuller grew up in Issaquah, Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. He decided to ditch the calculator and trade it in for a phoropter and slit lamp. He headed east to The Ohio State University where he received his Optometry degree in 1998. Go Bucks! Not wanting to return to the gray of Washington, after graduation, he headed southwest to sunny Arizona. Shortly thereafter he met Dr. McPhelan and they partnered up at their original location, Optical Illusions. With the success of the first location, the two doctors opened up their north location, Optique at the Ridge. After many years of operating the two locations, it was time for an upgrade. In 2016 they merged the two locations into their larger and current location, Tatum Eyecare! When not at the office, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending his free time with his amazing wife and two boys. Dr. Fuller holds the following degrees:

Ohio State University - Doctorate of Optometry
Washington State University - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Dr. James McPhelan

Dr. James McPhelan of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. McPhelan grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1976, then started practicing optometry in Arizona in 1977. Over the next few years, he grew 20/20 Eye Care to 15 offices. In 1999, he and Dr. Fuller took over Optical Illusions, then opened Optique at the Ridge. In 2016, they created Tatum Eyecare. In his spare time, Dr. McPhelan is an avid golfer, often competing in multiple tournaments through the year. Dr. McPhelan holds the following degrees:

Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Houle

Dr. Houle
Dr. Houle is following in her father's footsteps as an optometrist. She is a North Dakota native who received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry. Dr. Houle began her career in eye care more than 10 years ago, and she worked as a receptionist, optician, and technician before becoming an optometrist. She has a particular interest in the management of ocular disease including dry eye and glaucoma. In her free time, Dr. Houle is an avid baseball fan (go Twins!) and spends as much time as possible with her friends and family in both Arizona and North Dakota.

Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry
University of North Dakota - Bachelor of Science: Biology

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. O’Daniel was born in the beautiful mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Wright State University and graduated with his BS in Biology in 1977; shortly thereafter, beginning his Masters in BioChemistry.

Dr. O’Daniel is also a 1983 graduate of the Illinois College Optometry. He met his wife Lori during this period. Lori, a Chicago native, became an integral part of his practice (and life!) shortly thereafter.
He moved to Scottsdale in 1986 to begin practicing inside LensCrafters. In 1990 Dr. O'Daniel opened the Scottsdale LensCrafters, and he also presided as its director of Optometric services.
Dr. O’Daniel became an Optometrist because of his love and passion for photography, physics, and desire provide patients with the ability to see the world more clearly. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. O’Daniel provides complete eye care services for the surrounding communities ages seven and up.
Dr. O’Daniel has had a working relationship with both Dr. Fuller and McPhellan for over two decades. He has served as past director for the Arizona Optometric Association, and past President of the Central Arizona Optometric Society. In January, 2018 Dr. O’Daniel decided to join Tatum Eye Care, the premier Eye Care Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Dr. O’Daniel’s goal is simple: Provide Excellent Eye Care, treat patients as family, and treat everyone honestly and fairly!

Dr. Christina Wong

Dr. Christina Wong of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
A southern California native, Dr. Wong attended UCLA where she received her B.S. in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Wong moved to Arizona to complete a residency in ocular disease at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following residency, Dr. Wong earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Wong provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, from pediatrics through seniors. She has a special interest in the management of medical eye conditions including glaucoma, eye infections, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy.
Outside of the office, Dr. Wong enjoys running, going to the beach, rooting for the Bruins, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
University of California Los Angeles - B.S. in Biology
Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Ryan Felten

Dr. Felten of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Felten is a native to Arizona, and was raised in North Phoenix where most of his family still resides. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University; then returned home to Arizona to pursue his Doctor of Optometry at Midwestern University in Glendale. While at Midwestern University, he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Felten enjoys working with patients of all ages and also speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Felten holds the following degrees:

Brigham Young University - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Midwestern University - Doctorate of Optometry