How healthy is your vision? Have you taken any recent steps to prevent vision problems, or taken steps to treat any vision problems you may be experiencing? There is no better time to start taking care of your vision than now! May was Healthy Vision Month; so let’s keep it going by setting aside some time to follow our tips for healthy vision.
Healthy Vision Month – Eye Care Tips
- Set up an appointment with your eye doctor to have a vision exam done. This is the most important step in maintaining your vision’s health; your eye doctor can treat problems that you are experiencing in your vision and can also detect problems that you may not be aware of. Steps can then be taken to prevent problems from becoming worse (or prevent problems from occurring in the first place)!
- Wear your eyeglasses or contacts regularly. Even if you feel you can see relatively okay without them, they were prescribed to you for a reason. Your glasses or contacts cannot help your eyes by just sitting in a case on your dresser.
- Eat healthy, whole foods. The benefits of good nutrition are extensive, and just as eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables and other whole foods while cutting out processed junk do wonders for your body’s health, so will it also positively affect the health of your eyes.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Spring is in full bloom, and summer is on its way. As you spend more time outside, it is as important to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays as it is to shield your skin from those rays with sunscreen.
- If you smoke, drop the habit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking has been linked to a higher risk of vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes and face. Not only will this help protect you from picking up colds or other illnesses as much, it will also help protect your eyes from eye infections such as conjunctivitis.
- Wear eye protection while completing tasks that could harm your eyes, such as working in dangerous conditions, using a chainsaw, or riding a motorcycle, dirt bike, or ATV. Not a whole lot will harm your eye’s health more than an object or accident injuring it and potentially blinding it temporarily or permanently.
- Finally, be sure to take care of your own health physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. All of these tie in together, and when you are healthy and feeling good, it helps your eyes to be at their best health, as well!