The irony of staring into a computer screen to write a blog post about healthy vision is not lost on me, but here we are. Even if you don’t spend the majority of your day stuck behind a monitor, it’s important to take good care of your peepers. Most vision problems are preventable and can be avoided by following a few healthy suggestions. Here are just a few simple tips for taking an active role in the health of your eyes.
Visit your eye doctor
Easy-peasy. If you’re already seeing an eye doctor, make sure your prescription for glasses or contacts is current. If you’ve never seen one, why not make an appointment? An eye doctor will not only help you determine if you have any vision issues that require correction, but will also alert you to any warning signs for serious diseases.
Give your eyes a rest
We’re often so busy during the day that we even forget to blink! Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule to force yourself to give your eyes a well-deserved break. Every 20 minutes, look away from whatever it is you’re doing for 20 seconds and focus on something about 20 feet away from you. This will help reduce eyestrain. If you’re on a computer and using the Chrome browser, you can download the eyeCare – Protect your vision app to help you remember to take a break.
Throw on some shades
UV rays from the sun can be pretty damaging on your eyes, even on cloudy days. A good pair of sunglasses that block out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB radiation are an easy accessory to add to your daily look.
Maintain a healthy weight
You might be surprised to know that your weight can have an effect on your vision. The likelihood of developing diabetes and other health problems that can result in loss of vision increases if you’re overweight or obese. Try to engage in healthy behaviors including regular physical activity and making sure to eat plenty of healthy foods. Speaking of food…
Eat more carrots
Actually, simply increasing your intake of all kinds of fruits and vegetables is great for your health and your eyes. Dark leafy greens like spinach or kale are perfect for your eyes, as well as fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon, tuna, and halibut). Overall, aim for a well-rounded diet that’s provides health benefits for your whole body.
I personally took two eye breaks while writing this; try adding a new eye-healthy behavior to your daily routine!