Since May is Healthy Vision Month we decided to share with you some of our top tips for keeping your eyes healthy and in good shape!
1. Don’t Smoke: Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs, tobacco smoking is also linked to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and has been proven to cause optic nerve damage.
2. Eat Right: Poor diets and vitamin deficiencies can impair your vision. That’s why it’s so important to have a balanced diet full of nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids as well as Vitamins C and E. The idea that carrots improve your vision has some truth to it but some other foods that will help your sight and are an important part of any diet are leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale!
3. Protect Your Eyes: Protecting your eyes goes beyond just wearing sunglasses when you’re outside. It is also important to protect your eyes while playing sports, cleaning, gardening, and even while doing home repairs. An estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the United States every year and most could be prevented if you take the time to wear proper eye protection. Good examples of eye protection include goggles, safety glasses, and helmets that feature protective face masks.
4. Wear Sunglasses: Protecting your eyes from extremely harmful UV rays is probably the best thing that you could do for your sight. Constant exposure to too much ultraviolet exposure makes you more susceptible to cataracts and macular degeneration. Sunglasses also help prevent retinal damage and protects the eyelid skin which is very delicate to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer around the eye area.
5. Be Aware of Your Health History: The best way to know if you are at a higher risk for any eye diseases is to be aware of your family’s medical history. Some eye diseases cluster in families and unless you’re mindful of your history you could go around being unaware of the risk for these diseases.
6. Be Mindful of Eye Fatigue: Staring at a computer screen all day or doing a lot of work up close can put a lot of strain on your eyes and can cause symptoms such as headaches, dry eyes, and blurry vision. Some people need glasses to assist with contrast and glare among other things while working up close or on computer screens. If you don’t need glasses but feel that your eyes are still strained while doing your work you could always follow the rule of 20! That is, look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object that’s 20 feet away for twenty seconds.
7. Get Regular Eye Exams: The sure fire way to find out what’s wrong and how to fix your eye problems is to go see your doctor! Getting regular eye exams helps to protect your eyes and keeps you seeing at your best. Eye exams can also diagnose certain eye diseases such as glaucoma which could be missed because it doesn’t have any symptoms.
Which one of these tips will you start with to start living (and seeing) healthier? Let us know in the comments below!