Your Vision Matters – Expect More and Make Eye Health a Priority With These Simple Steps
• Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Just like regular checkups for your overall health, comprehensive eye exams are essential. The recommended frequency depends on your age, risk factors, and existing conditions. Take advantage of the longer hours available for appointments – we now open earlier and stay later on Tuesday and Wednesday – so schedule your eye check at time that better suits you.
• Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids nourishes your eyes. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, benefiting eye health. And quitting smoking significantly decreases the risk of eye disease.
• Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays
Wear sunglasses that block UV rays to protect your eyes from sun damage, a leading cause of cataracts and macular degeneration. Wraparound styles provide more protection.
• Reduce Eye Strain
Take regular breaks from screens, computers, and smartphones. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away for 20 seconds at something 20 feet away. You can also adjust screen brightness and font size for more comfortable viewing.
• Get Outside
Spend time outside, especially important for children, as it’s been found that spending extra time outside (just 1.25 hours) can reduce the risk of developing myopia (short-sightedness) by 50%!
• Practice Good Eye Hygiene
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can irritate them and spread germs. Clean your eyeglasses regularly with a mild soap and water solution.
• Be Mindful of Contact Lens Care
If you wear contact lenses, follow proper hygiene practices like washing your hands thoroughly before handling lenses, using the recommended cleaning solutions, and replacing lenses as prescribed.