Save Your Vision Awareness Month
March is Save Your Vision Awareness Month, which means that now is a great time to learn about and get started with some habits that could save your vision over the long term. Take steps to preserve your healthy vision with the following tips.
1. Walk Away From the Screen
Modern life involves an awful lot of staring at screens — computer, phone, or tablet. The American Optometric Association recommends adopting the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from looking at the screen to observe something 20 feet away. This simple habit can help to protect your eyes from developing eye strain by staring at the same point all the time.
2. Reassess Your Diet
A healthy diet is necessary for healthy vision. You should pay attention to the nutrients you consume to ensure you get plenty of lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C, all of which are found in produce, such as green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits. It is also important to include essential fatty acids and vitamin E (a fat-soluble vitamin) in your diet. Fatty fish and vegetable oils are good sources. You also need zinc, which is found in red meat, seafood, nuts, and seeds.
3. Practice Proper Contact Lens Hygiene
When you use contact lenses, it is important to store and clean them correctly. Only use the solutions from your contact lens provider to clean and store your lenses. Never use water or other fluids, which can contain bacteria and other contaminants that can irritate your eyes. Get into the habit of carrying travel-size bottles of cleaning and storage solution with you in case you need to remove your contact lenses while you are out and about.
4. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is terrible for many parts of your body, including your eyes. Eyes rely on natural lubrication to keep them comfortable during the day. If you are dehydrated, your body cannot produce this natural fluid, which can lead to your eyes feeling dry and itchy. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take sips to stay hydrated.
5. Protect Your Eyes From the Sun
You protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, but what about your eyes? A high-quality pair of sunglasses is essential on sunny days to prevent UV radiation from damaging your eyes. When buying sunglasses, check that they fully block UV radiation. Wearing a hat with a brim provides extra protection by casting a shadow over your eyes.
Most Importantly, Don’t Forget Your Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are essential to keep your vision healthy. A retina eye exam could save your vision by revealing the early signs of macular degeneration, which is a disease that affects a small area close to the center of the retina that allows you to see clearly in the center of your visual field. If your eye doctor is worried that you might be developing macular degeneration, they can carry out further tests to confirm it and offer treatments to slow the progression.
How long has it been since your last eye exam? This Save Your Vision Awareness Month, take action to protect your vision by scheduling an appointment with Envision Medical Group. You can call our office today at (248) 741-6909 or submit a contact inquiry.