Seasons greetings! As the weather gets colder everyone gets busy. Your eyes have to last you a lifetime, so taking care of them is incredibly important. Your lifestyle can cause significant strain on your eye health and can have a harmful effect on your sight, especially as you grow older. Here are some Tips to take good care of your eye health…
1. Take full eye exam. Annual Eye tests should help to diagnose and treat eye problems such as refractive errors including nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism; focusing problems like presbyopia, a condition beginning around age 40 that makes it difficult to read small print; eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy and vision problems like strabismus, amblyopic or binocular vision.
2. Taking regular breaks from Digital Screens. eyestrain resulting from near work on the computer. It can cause headaches, sore eyes, blurry vision, fatigue, and potentially even myopia (near-sightedness). Follow the 20-20-20 rule to avoid (CVS) Computer Vision Syndrome every 20 minutes take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20 feet away.
3. Prevent Dry Eye. Tears are the eye’s natural lubricant, but harsh winds and parched weather can have a drying effect on the eyes. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and use a humidifier in your home and office. Staring at digital screens reduces your blink rate and can cause dryness. Keep some rewetting drops handy for use when your eyes feel irritated and itchy, especially when you plan to be outdoors for longer periods of time.
4. Protect Eyes from Ultraviolet (UV) Rays. We are more vigilant to protect our skin from the sun’s rays than our eyes. Choose sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA/UVB protection or are marked UV 400. Even when it is not sunny outside, UV rays can still cause eye damage. Make sunglasses a daily habit when you are outside, and pair your shades with a wide-brimmed hat to protect the delicate skin around your eyes and face.
5. Eat those veggies. Certain nutrients play an important role in assisting our eyes to function at their best. Leafy green vegetables contain nutrients that can lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Six nutrients play a key role in protecting vision and promoting eye health: essential fatty acids, vitamins C and E, the mineral zinc, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Eating a colorful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, will ensure that your eyes are nourished with these important nutrients.