Now that May is here (and warmer weather) we want to help you spring into action and take better care of your vision. Seeing well is often taken for granted and not a priority in taking care of your overall health. This is why there is a whole month dedicated to healthy vision.
May was first declared Healthy Vision month in 2003 by the National Eye Institute (NEI). Since then, it has promoted the importance of educating patients on what they can do to keep their vision healthy. This year’s focus is to help younger generations make their vision care a priority in their daily lives. To help in this effort, we gathered some of the best tips for keeping your vision healthy.
Tip 1: Give your eyes a rest
In today’s world a lot of time is spent using many different electronic devices for long hours throughout the day. This puts a lot of work on your eyes! To help mitigate the strain on your eyes, it’s recommended that you follow the 20-20-20 rule. The rule states that you should take a 20-second break and view an object that is about 20 feet away from you every 20 minutes. This will give your eyes a chance to take a much needed rest.
Tip 2: A healthy diet
We all know that healthy foods help your body get the nutrients it needs. But you may not know that there are certain nutrients that can maintain your vision and even help decrease your risk of some eye diseases. Some of the foods that include these nutrients are leafy green vegetables, nuts, and sweet potatoes.
Tip 3: Follow the rules
If you already use corrective eyewear, ensuring you are using it properly is important especially for contact lenses. Following the appropriate schedule for wearing and cleaning your lenses will help prevent issues with your vision.
Tip 4: Be proactive
Preventative care is just as important for your vision as it is for the rest of your body. Make sure you see your eye doctor at least once every two years for comprehensive eye exams and get vision tests done yearly if you have a vision prescription. Doing so will allow you to be informed about how well your seeing and your overall eye health.
There are many easy ways to add taking care of your vision to your daily or weekly routine in order to stay healthy. Patients of any age should prioritize taking care of their eyes as much as they do the rest of their body. By following these tips, you will be on a good path to keep your vision as healthy as it can be.