When we watch the beauty of the world we see it through our eyes. There are so many gifts that our eyes give us. The sight of a smile, the leisure of watching tv, a beautiful sunrise and sunset, and so much more. In appreciation for Healthy Vision Month, let’s explore a few ways to protect our eyes so that they can continue to bring us a lifetime of enjoyment.
The simplest form of protection for your eyes is to wear sunglasses when outside. Too much UV exposure from the sun may increase your chances of cataracts and muscle degeneration. Try sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Opt for polarized sunglasses to reduce glare and eye strain, too.
Cover your eyes
Sunglasses are not the only reason to cover your eyes. If you work in an environment with harsh chemicals or floating debris, wear protective eyewear such as goggles. Wearing protective eyewear is suggested for sports, too, such as hockey and racquetball.
Interrupt your screen time
If you regularly stare at a screen, whether the computer for work or your phone out of habit, take frequent breaks from staring at the screen. Taking a break, even for a few seconds, can reduce eye strains. Try resting your eyes at least every twenty minutes. Additionally, ensure that you are looking from a distance. The further away from your screen, the less likely the screen will strain or dry your eyes.
Quit the habit
While it is well known that smoking can cause respiratory issues, did you know that it can also affect your eyes, too? Continued exposure to smoke can affect your vision and cause eye damage.
You truly are what you eat. The more nutritious the food you eat, the healthier you are. This includes your eye health, too. Embrace a diet that will enrich your sense of sight. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, fishes like salmon and tuna, and protein sources like eggs, nuts, and beans are all great for your eyes.
Have your eyes checked
In appreciation for Healthy Vision Month, have your eyes examined should you have any concerns. Your family’s health history may play a part in your eye health, too. In addition to visits based on concerns, you should also have your eyes examined every couple of years to proactively monitor for any underlying issues.