When it comes to our health, we might not think of our eyes as the first priority. But there are so many simple steps we can do to make sure our vision health is always a focus. As part of Healthy Vision Month, let’s take a closer look at easy ways we can take care of our eyes all-year-round.
Routine, Comprehensive Eye Exams
One of the best things we can do for our vision health is schedule routine, comprehensive eye exams. Even if it seems like your eyesight is fine, it’s still important to have your eyes checked on a regular basis. During an eye exam, your eye care provider will be able to identify any changes in eyesight and signs of disease both eye and non-eye related. Serious conditions like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol can be detected during an eye exam.
Whether we realize it or not, our eyes are exposed to the sun’s UV rays every day. Without the proper protection, overexposure to UV rays can be serious threat to our vision health. To minimize the risk of conditions like cataracts, eye cancer, pterygium or macular degeneration, it’s crucial to wear protective sunglasses and be cognizant of the time you spend in the sun.
We know that eating healthy foods is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But there are even foods that are especially beneficial for your eye health. Lutein and zeaxantine, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc are all eye-friendly nutrients. They can be found in green leafy vegetables, fruits and nuts and can be easily incorporated into your meals!
Maintaining your health can sometimes feel daunting. But, by being mindful of your vision health and implementing these reminders into your everyday life, you’ll be doing your eyes and overall well-being a favor.