What’s your new year’s resolution? Does it have anything to do with your health? We have a few easy ways to keep your goal of healthy eyes and vision at the top of your priorities list all year long!
- Eat healthy. We know the holidays can be especially tempting for poor diet choices, but make it a point to add leafy greens, colorful fruit or anything containing omega-3 fatty acids for good eye health. (Need recipe ideas? CLICK HERE)
- Quit smoking. No butts about it: Smoking is harmful to almost every organ in your body, including your eyes. Those who smoke are up to four times more likely to go blind in old age. If you are a smoker, make a New Year's resolution to kick the habit.
- Give the gift of vision. During the gift-giving season, consider purchasing frames from Eyes of Faith, EYEcenter’s line of eyewear that provides vision care and eyeglasses to local foster teens. Ask an optician for details!
- Vision insurance. If you have vision insurance and health savings benefits that expire at the end of December, be sure to use them in time. This also is a good time to schedule your family's eye exams for the New Year and take advantage of insurance benefits that cover exams, glasses and contact lenses.
- Allergy relief. Seasonal allergies can have you in a fog, with itchy eyes and a runny nose. Pay extra attention to what triggers your allergies so you'll know what to avoid. Click here for more allergy tips and visit EYEcenter if your eyes become red, watery or swollen.
- Upgrade your eyewear. Spring fashion trends inspire great new frame designs. Visit any EYEcenter to see what’s in this season--we get all new inventory twice a year!
- Recycle unused pairs. After you've upgraded your eyeglasses, consider donating your old eyewear to someone in need. You can change the life of someone who can't afford an eye exam or eyewear. Unsure where to donate? Bring your unused pairs to any EYEcenter location, we’ll take care of it!
- Sports eyewear. Almost 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with protective eyewear. Sports glasses offer eye protection, color enhancement, light control and more. Ask an optician for help finding the best sports eyewear to keep your eyes safe and enhance your game.
- Sun protection. It's important to wear sunglasses all year long, but summertime is great for purchasing new shades for your whole family. Even little eyes need protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Remember that UV rays can damage eyes even on cloudy days. Wearing sunglasses whenever you are outside can reduce your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Polarized lenses. Don't let glare from the sun ruin outdoor activities like boating, golfing and even jogging. Polarized lenses for sunglasses can help control glare and provide a clearer view with a special filter that blocks intense reflected light.
- Swim goggles. Whether it's a dip in the pool, a visit to the beach, or jumping into a lake, you should never wear contacts while swimming unless you're also wearing goggles. Goggles protect your eyes from waterborne bacteria that can cause sight-threatening diseases. Goggles also sharpen your vision while you swim, snorkel or explore underwater.
- Eye exams. Before school starts, make sure your kids have comprehensive eye exams to help detect any vision problems that could affect their learning. In-school vision screenings are not a substitute for eye exams.
- Rest your eyes. If you're spending more time indoors on a computer, or sit in front of a computer at work, remember to rest your eyes. Follow the "20-20-20" rule — take a break every 20 minutes and look at something that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds — to reduce your risk of computer vision syndrome.
- Shopping. Planning to take advantage of the deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Remember to include new eyewear on your shopping list! Take advantage of your Flex-Spending Accounts to purchase glasses, before they expire at the end of the year.
- Stay active. Don't let the colder weather keep you from exercising regularly. Staying active is good for your entire body and can help protect against diabetes, macular degeneration and more.
- Drink lots of water. The fall season brings with it lots of yummy coffee and hot cocoa flavors, but don't forget to continue to drink lots of water. If you don't drink enough water, you can dehydrate your body and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include redness, dryness and puffy eyelids.
Throughout the year, if you have any questions or needs not addressed on this list please give us a call! Click here for our contact information, and to schedule an appointment. Cheers to 2019!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.