Healthy vision is something that most of us would say is an important aspect of living our daily lives. But despite this, can each of us truly say we are making healthy choices for our eyes, and making a conscious decision to promote healthy vision within our day-to-day routine?
This month is a healthy aging month, and what better time is there to alter our mindset to an eyes-focused one.
Without further ado, here are 6 tips you can implement into your life today to keep your eyes as healthy as can be:
We all know that healthy foods promote a healthy body, but not many know that that adage extends to the eyes as well.
Foods that are rich in antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin C can bolster your vision and prevent early degeneration.
- Citrus Fruits
These all have the necessary vitamins to keep your eyes sharp and focused for longer.
There are a variety of reasons why smoking is bad for you, as labeled on the Surgeon General’s Warnings of each pack. Your eyes are also affected by the nasty habit, however.
Heavy smokers can be three times more likely to develop cataracts, and smokers are 3-4 times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than nonsmokers.
Additionally, smoking can drastically increase the chance of diabetes. The onset of diabetes can bring with it the chances of contracting cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and even glaucoma. All three of these conditions can lead to vision loss.
Keep your eyes healthy, don’t smoke!
Sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays of the sun that can cause permanent eye damage if left unchecked. Additionally, allowing UV rays to penetrate your eyes can cause less permanent vision issues like dry-eye syndrome, which can be painful and distracting.
Wash Your Hands Properly
This extends to the washing of your contact lenses as well. To avoid the risk of eye infection that is transmitted from bacteria on your hands or contacts, wash them thoroughly, especially before putting your hands near your eyes.
Beware of Your Computer Screen
Spending too much time staring at your computer screen without resting your eyes can dry them out or make them fatigued, causing irritation and strain.
The prolonged strain on your eyes can speed up the degeneration process, and your eyesight could become strained and fatigued more easily.
Practice good device habits, such as:
- The 20-20-20 rule: Take a break every 20 minutes to stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Blink often
- Keep the top of your computer monitor slightly below eye level
- Adjust the brightness of your screen to match the lighting around you
Know your Family’s Eye History
Finally, it is important to know your family’s eye health history so that you can be aware if you have any hereditary eye conditions in your bloodline.
Talk to members of your family about this, and building an open communication environment if you think you might be at risk of a hereditary eye condition.
As we enter Healthy Aging Month, it is important to be cognizant of how our daily choices affect our eye health. These are only 6 of the many ways you can promote healthy eyesight in your life today.
Talk to your eye doctor today about how you can preserve your eyesight today, your future self will thank you.