As the start of a new year rolls around, many people look for ways to improve their life for the upcoming year. This can be accomplished in many ways, and is different for each person. But one thing everyone should be focused on is how to promote better vision. Our vision is precious, and maintaining healthy vision for life is an important goal. Luckily, there are some very easy changes you can make right away to get started on that journey.
One of the easiest and most significant changes you can make to your daily routine to promote better vision is to make sure you wear sunglasses. Every day. Without question. Many people really underestimate the importance of this simple action. But the fact is, the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause serious vision damage. Wearing sunglasses each time you leave the house can help protect against cataracts, macular degeneration and more. As a bonus, they do not have to be expensive glasses. In fact, as long as they indicate either “100% UV protection”, “protection against UVA and UVB” or “UV400”, they should be effective at blocking rays.
Add More Vegetables into your Diet
At this time of year, many people make a resolution to start eating more healthy foods. This is a great idea in general for better health. But it can also lead to better vision. Research has indicated that certain vegetables contain a number of vitamins and minerals that are known to promote better vision. For example, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots can be good sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. These eye-healthy nutrients can be added in throughout your daily meals to help you build better vision for life.
Be Diligent with Contact Lens Care
After getting comfortable wearing contacts, it is easy to sometimes neglect your care routine. Unfortunately, this common mistake can lead to vision problems if it becomes a habit. The truth is, consistent care is essential to maintain healthy vision. In this respect, it is important to properly clean and store your contacts according to your doctor’s instructions. This means using appropriate cleaning solutions (not saliva or water), washing your hands before touching your contacts, and always keeping them stored in a clean case.
Take a Break from Digital Screens
It is so easy to become engrossed in digital screens. From computer screens at work to phones throughout the day, or television screens in the evening, it seems that our entire days are spent staring at screens. But too much of this can lead to digital eye strain, with symptoms like headaches, blurry vision, dry eyes, light sensitivity and more. For better vision, be sure to take frequent breaks from your screens. A good rule to stick to is to give your eyes a break every 20 minutes, by looking at least 20 feet into the distance for at least 20 seconds (think 20/20/20).
Commit to an Annual Vision Exam
Many people take the time to see their doctor annually for a routine physical to maintain their overall health. However, it is just as important to see your eye doctor for regular eye exams, as many vision conditions are only detectable through a comprehensive evaluation. Early detection can often give you a far better opportunity to fully correct an issue. Regular exams allow your eye doctor to detect any changes in vision right away, and begin treatment faster.
At Family Vision Development Center, we want to help you achieve better vision for life. We provide essential vision care services for patients of all ages, including vision exams, vision therapy services, post-concussive vision treatment, and a state-of-the-art optical center for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Contact us at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment today and make your vision a priority in the new year!