Your vision is a critical part of your overall health and well-being.
Neglecting your eyesight can lead to a lower quality of life. Many eye health issues have no symptoms, so it is important to see your eye doctor regularly and include some eye health practices in your daily habits.
We want to talk about the various things we can do to save our eyesight and cultivate good eye-care practices that are essential for everyone to follow at this point.
Schedule a Vision Exam
The most important thing you can do for your vision is to regularly see your optometrist. Eye exams are the best way to stay ahead of vision issues. If you can’t remember the last time, you saw your eye doctor, contact us to make an appointment today.
Make a Healthier diet your priority
Healthy eyes start with your diet . When you’re buying groceries include some leafy greens like spinach and kale, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and tuna, which are some of the foods that contain nutrients that contribute to good eye health and help improve your overall health. Eating healthy and drinking water is a great way to take better care of yourself.
Get Better Sleep
Sleep factors heavily into your overall health, and more specifically the health of your eyes. While 8 hours per night is the widely accepted standard recommendation, each person is different. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep each night. It helps your body heal and gives your eyes the rest they need to perform at their best.
Wear Sunglasses, Even in Winter
Like your skin, your eyes can also be damaged by UV rays if you expose them to the sun too much. You can protect your eyes against ultraviolet radiation just by wearing a pair of sunglasses with UV protection. Wearing sunglasses in the winter also has several other benefits. Sunglasses can reduce the evaporation of your eyes’ tears and natural moisture and can keep your contact lenses from drying out on windy days. Always wear UV protection when outdoors to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Limit Screen Time
Each day most people spend 6-8 hours at work looking at screens. After the workday, they may watch another 3-4 hours of TV. That’s a lot of screen time for your eyes to handle!
Consider cutting down on screen time. Instead of watching TV in the evenings, read a book instead. Take note of how often you’re checking your phone and leave it out of reach to reduce the temptation to mindlessly scroll.
If your eyes are dry and tired you may be experiencing digital eye strain from too much screen time.
Our eyes are a blessing
Sight is a gift that we should not take for granted. Eye damage is potent and for life, so it is important to take care of the one set of eyes we have.