4 Easy Ways to Save Your Vision!



Do you ever stop and think about how truly amazing the human body is?  The way we can think, move, feel, and see?  Our eyes are especially remarkable.  If you are currently blessed with healthy eyes, pause for a moment and think about how different your life would be if you didn’t have them.  Your everyday tasks, your hobbies, your career, and even your ability to read this blog would all be greatly altered, changing your life significantly.  While those with visual impairments can still live very fulfilling lives, you obviously want to keep your eyes and your vision as healthy as possible. March is Save Your Vision month, and we have 4 easy ways in which you can do exactly that!

  1. Practice Safe Screen Time

Technology has certainly made our lives easier over the years.  From computers to tablets to smart phones, technology has become a significant part of our communication, activities, and job duties.  However, the screens we continuously stare at can put a terrible amount of strain on our eyes, potentially causing a great deal of grief.  The American Optometric Association cites such side effects as dry eyes, strained eyes, loss of concentration, frequent headaches, and difficulty sleeping. 

While most of us can’t completely forego our electronic devices, there are things we can do to help:

  • If you’re having trouble falling asleep, say “goodnight” to your screens an hour before you go to bed.
  • To prevent eye strain and headaches, practice what the AOA refers to as the “20-20-20 rule”—while using electronic devices take a 20 second break, looking away from the screen every 20 minutes, and focus on something 20 feet away.
  • Reduce the glare on your devices by adjusting the brightness or using a glare filter.
  • Keep a healthy distance between you and the screen. Keep the picture and text large enough to see from a comfortable distance, rather than pulling the device or screen closer to your face.

 

  1. Get Your Annual Eye Exam

Keeping current with all your check-ups and appointments can feel like an impossible task, especially when combined with a hectic work schedule.  We’ve probably all been in the position of putting these check-ups off until a more convenient time comes, but you don’t want to wait until a problem arises before you get it taken care of.  Even if you think your vision is perfectly fine, it is still important to have an annual comprehensive exe exam!  According to Think About Your Eyes, regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable.  These exams don’t simply check for your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses but check for common diseases as well.  We know getting that little puff of air in your eye can feel uncomfortable and borderline traumatic (even though I know it’s coming, I always jump!) but it’s for the best!

 

  1. Be a Responsible Contact Lens User

We all had that friend growing up who did scary and strange things with their contact lenses—sleeping in them for nights on end, cleaning them with their mouths, etc.  Don’t be that friend!  If you use contact lenses, be sure to clean, store, and wear them responsibly to prevent nasty eye infections.  Use the following steps from the CDC to keep your contact lenses clean and your eyes safe:

  • Never wear your contacts while sleeping unless your eye doctor has instructed you to do so. This increases your chances of developing an eye infection by 6-8 times!  Give your eyeballs a break and let them breathe for a few hours.
  • Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case. Don’t be tempted to mix old solution in with the new just to save a buck!
  • Remove your contact lenses before swimming or taking a shower. They can transfer germs from the water into your eye, leading to possible infection.

 

  1. Add Some Healthy-Eye Foods to Your Diet

What easier way to aide in your physical health than by eating? The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends adding the following foods to your regular diet to achieve healthier eyes:

  • Cold-water fish – The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon, tuna, halibut, and sardines can help reduce your risk of developing eye disease, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), later in life.
  • Dark leafy greens – Vegetables like kale, spinach, collards, romaine lettuce, and turnip greens contain a large amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are believed to reduce the risk for AMD and cataracts. If you’re not into leafy greens, you can also find these vitamins in broccoli, corn, peas, and eggs!
  • Citrus fruits – Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and tangerines are high in vitamin C, which our eyes need in order to function properly, as well as prevent or delay cataracts and AMD. Other fruits that can provide these same benefits are strawberries and peaches.
  • Legumes – Zinc, which can help protect our eyes from the damaging effects of light, can be found in legumes like peanuts, kidney beans, lima beans, and black-eyed peas.
  • Orange colored fruits and vegetables – Perhaps the most well-known of the eye-friendly foods, carrots contain a high amount of beta-carotene, which help you see at night. Sweet potatoes, apricots, and cantaloupe do the same!

 

It doesn’t take much added effort to make eye health a top priority.  If you haven’t started already, Save Your Vision Month is the perfect time to do so!  Do you have any additional tips for optimal eye health? Comment below—we’d love to hear from you!

 

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3 Comments

  • Mackenzie Calvert (#)
    October 1st, 2018

    Very thankful for these resources, they seem like they will really help with what I need to get done. Thank you very much for the post!

  • Ishan (#)
    May 8th, 2018

    You may constantly warn your children of the dire consequences of sitting too close to the TV, but this causes no long -term damage to eyes or stress them temporarily, which may cause problems in focusing until they have rested. All the same, it’s better for your child’s eye health to play outside than to sit in front of a screen, at whatever distance.

  • darshan waghela (#)
    April 6th, 2018

    i am also using glasses my eye both eye no is -3.00 so this is very effective blog for me and too useful also so thanks for this posting

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