Many people start the New Year off by making resolutions to improve their health. While many people are dieting and starting a new exercise regimen, there are some simple things you can do in order to improve your eye health. Below is a list of five New Year’s resolutions that will improve your eye health:
If you are a smoker, then now is a great time to make a commitment to quit. Not smoking will not only decrease your chances of lung cancer and heart disease, but it will also protect your vision. Smoking can increase the risk of a condition known as age-related macular degeneration. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in older adults.
Spend Less Time Looking Electronics
Cell phones, computers and tablets make life more convenient in many ways. They also make it easier for us to stay connected with other people. However, staring at a screen all day is not good for your eyes. Not only can it cause eye strain, but it can also cause headaches.
That is why you can protect your eyes by spending less time with the electronics. Make sure you take breaks regularly if you will be working on your tablet or computer for a few hours. You should take at least one break every hour. The break should last a few minutes.
Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays
The sun can be just as damaging to the eyes as it can be to the skin. If you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, then you will need to make sure you wear sunglasses. Sunglasses can block UV rays. Keep in mind that there are also contacts that have UV ray protection built into them. Additionally, wearing a hat with a wide-brim can protect your eyes from the sun.
Eating well will not only help you maintain a fit, healthy body, but it can also help keep your vision healthy. Carrots are one of the best foods for your eyes. They have vitamin A, which can protect your night vision. Spinach is another food that is good for your vision.
Spinach has vitamin C, lutein and zinc, which all promote healthy vision. Additionally, you will need to include foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids in your diet, such as walnuts and salmon. Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce your risk of macular degeneration. They can also reduce inflammation, which has been lined to many eye conditions.
Get An Eye Exam
Even if you think your vision is fine, you should still get eye examinations on a regular basis. An eye exam can pick up conditions like age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. The earlier those conditions are treated, the less likely they are to cause serious damage to your vision. An eye exam can even pick up diabetes. That is why if you have not had an eye exam in a long time, then you can start your new year off right by getting one.
Monterey Bay Eye Center, MBEC, takes a team approach to comprehensive eye care and laser vision correction. The practice focuses on identifying and treating all diseases and conditions of the eye carefully monitoring our patients. MBEC is proud to serve Monterey county.