This New Year, you may have a long list of resolutions including ones revolving around health, relationships, religion, hobbies, and bucket list items. But have you ever thought about throwing improving your eye health in among your New Year resolutions? Perhaps you haven’t realized that some of your resolutions may actually affect your eyes’ health in a positive way! Following are some resolutions that may help your vision out in 2015; you may have already listed some of them, and others you may want to consider adding!
5 New Year Resolutions for Your Eyes:
- Quit smoking: Smoking affects your health in so many ways, but it also affects your eye health. Some of the problems your eyes could face if you continue to smoke include higher risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), damage to eye cells, damage to the retina leading to vision loss, cataracts, and dry eyes that are not able to respond as effectively to allergies.
- Eat right: You may have losing weight or dieting on your resolutions list, but consider simply eating well – including little to no processed foods and lots of fruits and veggies. Eating the right foods will help you lose weight, feel better, and improve the health of your body and eyes! To optimize your eyes’ health, include lots of dark leafy greens (such as spinach or kale), fish (especially salmon and tuna), eggs, and berries! See our post on healthy foods for vision for more information.
- Buy a good pair of sunglasses – or two! Sunglasses protect the eyes from dangerous UV rays. If eyes are exposed to enough UV rays, cataracts can form, temporary vision loss can occur due to inflammation of the cornea, and other unpleasant problems can appear. Sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays are the best sunglasses to buy, as they will protect your eyes from the sun the most.
- Exercise regularly: Another resolution that you may already have on your list, regular exercise improves your eye health in addition to your body health. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce intraocular eye pressure (IOP). High IOP can cause glaucoma, so reducing the IOP reduces risk of glaucoma. Regular exercise is also linked to a reduced risk of AMD. And, because regular exercise lowers blood pressure and helps manage diabetes and other diseases, it also lowers the risk of vision-related complications to those diseases (such as diabetic retinopathy).
- Visit your eye doctor at least one time this year: This is one resolution you can cross off within the next month if you make an appointment today! The best way to keep abreast of your vision and eye health is by having regular vision assessments with an optometrist. Any problems that you may have or that may be developing can be detected during the assessment and a treatment plan or vision prescription put together. Contact our office during business hours and make an appointment to start your eyes’ year off right!
Here’s to a happy & healthy 2015!