Out of our five senses, 84% of people rate vision as the most important one. That same study discovered that almost 100% of people agreed vision health is important, yet only 50% of those people get annual eye exams.
You don’t need 20/20 vision to have good eye health in 2020! We’re sharing the easy ways you can keep your peepers healthy.
Common Eye and Vision Health problems include:
- Poor vision
- Night blindness
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal disorders
Protect Your Eyes
1. Get your eyes checked
A key element in protecting your eyesight is visiting your eye doctor regularly. Seeing your optometrist or ophthalmologist should be just as routine as visiting your dentist or primary doctor. Eye exams are especially important for detecting issues early on that may not show signs or symptoms, like glaucoma.
2. Quit smoking
Did you know, smoking cigarettes increases your likelihood of getting cataracts, macular degeneration, and damaging your optic nerve? And these are just a few of the eye-related risks, amongst many other health issues brought on by smoking. If you need help kicking the habit, contact your doctor.
3. Use proper eyewear
Over-exposure to the sun’s UV rays can enhance your chances of macular degeneration and cataracts. Invest in a functional pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. The ideal pair of shades should block 99%-100% of UVB and UVA rays.
If you use hazardous or airborne materials at your workplace or home, be sure to put on goggles or safety glasses beforehand. It’s also important to take preventative measures if you play sports where eye injuries are a possibility—lacrosse, racquetball, ice hockey, etc. Wearing a helmet, protective face mask, or sports goggles while you play can help you avoid serious eye damage.
More tips for healthy eyes:
- Eat a diet rich in fruit and green, leafy vegetables
- Cut down on your daily computer and phone screen time
- Work oily fish high in Omega-3 into your meals a few days a week
- Avoid eating processed snack foods high in sugar
- Take care of your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar
- Maintain a healthy weight and exercise frequently
Keep your eye on the prize, share these healthy eye tips with your friends and family!
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