Many people focus their New Year’s resolutions on their health. For example, you might have fitness or weight loss goals. There are other resolutions that can also benefit your health, such as flossing daily or taking a proactive approach to protect your eyes.
You want to have healthy vision that lasts as long as possible. The truth is that the habits you are following right now can impact the long-term health of your eyes. Here are a few tips that can help to protect your vision and improve eye health now and in the future:
Even if you think your eyes are in good health, it’s still important to stay consistent about regular eye exams. These appointments not only evaluate your vision, but the eye doctor also looks for possible signs of eye disease. Early detection is critical to achieve optional results from treatments, especially for conditions such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
Additionally, your eye doctor might find symptoms in your eyes that indicate other potential health issues, such as the risk of a stroke, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
Not only is it more comfortable to keep your eyes shaded when you are in broad daylight, but wearing sunglasses also helps to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Too much exposure to the sun without eye protection can increase the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. So, even if it’s overcast outside, make sure you are wearing your sunglasses during the day.
For many people, it’s essential to look at a screen throughout the day because of work responsibilities. But make sure to build in time for breaks to avoid eyestrain. The best rule of thumb is to follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes you are looking at the screen, take a break for a minimum of 20 seconds and look at something that is at least 20 feet away or more.
Do you participate in any activities that could harm your eyes, such as sports or the use of power tools? If there is a risk of impact or an injury, then it’s best to use protective eyewear to reduce your risk. A momentary accident can result in serious damage or even a loss of vision, which is why eye protection is so important.
Do you have questions about protecting your eyes this year? Contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry to schedule an appointment and receive personalized recommendations to optimize your vision and eye health: (951) 302 -1331.