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Keep Your Eyes Healthy in 2020
We are already a few weeks in a brand-new year and a brand-new decade. Many people across the globe use the beginning of the year as a chance to proverbially start over. They view it as an opportunity to start the year with a clean slate. They make New Year’s Resolutions to improve aspects of their lives. Losing weight, exercising more, and reading more books are all common New Year’s Resolutions.
While there is nothing wrong with any of these resolutions, we like to think outside of the box here at First Eye Care North Arlington. You must take care of your health, no matter who you are or what time of the year. This doesn’t just mean staying in shape. It can also mean making eye health a priority. After all, your eyes help you accomplish daily tasks, such as reading and writing, driving, and cooking. Why wouldn’t you make your eye health a priority?
First Eye Care North Arlington would like to encourage you all to take the start of 2020 to make your eye health a priority. Today, we are going to provide you with some useful tips to help you do just that.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
Who doesn’t love spending the day outside when the sun is out? There is so much you can do, and the weather blankets you in warm air. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your time in the sun, but you should be aware of the sun’s dangerous UV rays. The sun emits powerful UV rays that boost vitamin D in your body. However, if you spend too much time in the sun and are overexposed to UV rays, your skin and eyes are at risk of permanent damage.
If you fail to properly protect your eyes from UV rays, you can develop vision-threatening diseases, such as:
The best way to properly shield your eyes from UV rays is by investing in quality sunglasses. When looking for sunglasses, make sure they offer 100% UV protection. While most sunglasses have dark tint, that tint doesn’t always block UV rays.
You can also protect your eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat that keeps UV rays from ever reaching your eyes.
It’s become public knowledge that smoking cigarettes negatively impacts your overall health. It often leads to lung and heart disease, strokes, and cancer. However, many people don’t truly know how smoking affects your eye health. Cigarettes contain many ingredients that threaten the health of your eyes and can even lead to permanent vision loss. Smoking can lead to or increase your risk of developing:
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Dru Eye
If you plan on making eye health a priority in 2020, quit smoking immediately.
Eat Eye-Healthy Foods
As we mentioned previously, millions of people around the world make New Year’s Resolutions at the start of every year. One of the most popular resolutions happens to be eating better. Coincidentally, this also ties into a crucial eye health tip.
The world is full of foods that are good for your body. Each food provides you with nutrients that aid the functions of specific organs, including your eyes. While you may have originally made the goal to eat better as a way to be healthier and lose weight, you can also include foods that improve the health of your eyes. Such foods include:
- Oily fish, such as salmon
- Dark, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale
- Nuts, legumes, and beans,
- Citrus fruit
Wear Proper Eye Protection
According to Prevent Blindness America, over 2,000 people suffer an eye injury while at work every day. Furthermore, of those injuries, 10-20% of them lead to temporary or permanent vision loss. Outside of work, about 25,000 people require treatment after sustaining a sports-related eye injury ever year. You can even suffer an eye injury at home, as there are 125,000 home eye injuries every year.
About 90% of these eye injuries can be prevented simply by wearing appropriate eye protection. Whether you work in construction, play sports, or are finishing up home improvements, you should always be wearing sturdy eye protection.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
Digital screens have swiftly become a necessary part of human life. You can’t avoid them. They are found in schools, workplaces, and homes. They are needed for so many aspects of human life. However, the blue light emitted from your screens can harm your eyes and lead to digital eye strain.
If you spend a great deal of time in front of a screen, employ the 20-20-20 rule. This means every 20 minutes, stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This ensures you aren’t overexposed to blue light and suffer eye strain.
Regularly Visit Your Eye Doctor
The easiest yet most important way to make your eye health a priority in 2020 is by regularly visiting your eye doctor. Most eye care specialists agree that you should receive a comprehensive eye exam once every year, more often if you have a preexisting condition. This is undoubtedly the best way to keep your eyes healthy.
Many eye conditions and diseases don’t have early signs or symptoms, which means when you first recognize any symptoms, the disease has already progressed. The only way to catch these diseases before it’s too late is by visiting your eye doctor regularly. Not only will they be able to treat any conditions you have, but they will also be able to provide you with the best tips to ensure that you keep your eyes healthy.
If you are looking for a unique yet significant New Year’s Resolution for 2020, look no further than making your eye health a priority. Your vision is crucial to how you function on a day to day basis, so ensuring your eyes stay healthy should always be a priority. If you want to schedule your next eye exam, contact First Eye Care North Arlington today.