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!
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:
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!
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:
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:
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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