There is nothing like our eyes. Our eyes are unique, and unquestionably both important and complex. Taking care of them is a must. However, caring for your eyes goes beyond avoiding sticking your finger in them or not looking into lasers or the sun. Just like other parts of our body, there are things we can do everyday to help keep our eyes healthy and our vision strong for years to come — no matter our age!
Stick around to learn more about caring for your eyes and be sure to visit the Crescent Eye Care website to learn more about our available eye care services and how easy it is to find affordable eye care in Charleston, South Carolina.
6 Tips For Caring For Your Eyes & Vision Everyday
With our culture’s fixation on weight loss and fitness, it’s easy to lose sight (no pun intended) of how we should care for other parts of our body. Though overall physical health will positively affect our eyes, it is important to think about how our daily habits could help our eye health.
Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet
What we put into our body will affect our overall health and our eye health; a balanced diet is best for enhancing eye health and, specifically, fruits and veggies, as well as sources of omega-3 fatty acids can support healthy eyes. Foods that could help your eye health include:
- Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collards
- Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
- Eggs, nuts, beans and other plant-based protein sources
- Oranges and citrus fruits and juices
- Oysters and pork
A healthy diet with help to nourish your body and may help you avoid other health risks like type 2 diabetes which can be a risk factor for eye disease and vision deterioration.
Wear Sunglasses and Other Protective Wear
Even if you don’t look into the sun — which we highly advise you not to do — not wearing protective eyewear can have a negative effect on your eyes and puts you at greater risk for cataracts and macular degeneration. Wear sunglasses that block 99% of UVA and UVB rays and be sure to wear sunglasses during the day even when the sun isn’t shining as UV rays are still present. Also, be sure to wear protective eye wear whenever you are working or playing in an environment where protective wear is recommended.
Take a Break From the Screen
Nowadays, it is hard to name a moment when we aren’t staring at a screen — whether it’s due to the work that we do, our propensity to be on our phones whenever we have a spare moment, or our love of playing video games or other leisurely activities that include a screen. Looking at a screen for too long can put great strain on our eyes due to the intensity and color of light that screens emit. You will know that you have been looking at a screen for too long when you experience:
- Blurry vision
- Have trouble focusing at a distance
- Dry eyes
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to walk away or put away your screen. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule: rest your eyes every 20 minutes, look away 20 feet for 20 seconds and be sure to get up and take a 15 minute break every 2 hours. We also recommend:
- Always wear an up-to-date prescription of glasses or contacts
- If your eye strain won’t go away, ask your doctor about prescription computer glasses. You can also buy computer glasses or blue light glasses online to wear with your contacts.
- Use an anti-glare screens and available apps that adjust the colors of your screen to help with eye strain
- Use artificial tears when your eyes are dry
Quitting smoking is a great idea for a variety of reasons for your overall healthy. Your eyes will benefit as well because smoking can put you at risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, and can damage the optic nerve. When you quit smoking you can help to preserve your eyes for a greater amount of time and may be able to avoid certain eye conditions and disease all together. Quit smoking now to give yourself the best chance at a lifetime of optimal vision.
Know Your Risk Factors
Become educated about your family eye health history and understand the implications of your health conditions for your eye health and vision. Diabetes and other health conditions can put you at greater risk for developing eye disease and degeneration. Certain medications can also have an effect. Become more educated about your overall health and become proactive about not only providing your body the care it needs, but also alert your eye doctor to these conditions.
Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
To maintain your vision and to monitor your eye health, be sure to see your eye doctor regularly. Having the right prescription for your vision can help you avoid headaches and other discomfort and is necessary for your safety and the safety of others around you. If you require vision correction, your doctor will recommend that you visit them every year. However, those that do not require glasses or contacts should see their eye doctor regularly according to their age.
- 39 years and younger – schedule an eye exam every 5 years
- 40-50 years old – schedule every 2-4 years
- 55-64 years old – every 1-2 years
- 65+ years old – every 1-2 years
Learn more about how everyone in your family can enjoy the best vision and eye health.
To find affordable eye care that you can trust in Charleston, visit Crescent Eye Care. We would love to help you keep your eyes healthy and have vision that allows you to see your life clearly. Schedule with us today!