How to Love Your Eyes More
The new year is here, and you have probably set some intentions for the coming year. You already know the importance of taking care of your physical health through exercise, sleep, and proper diet. However, did you know that some of these practices have the added benefit of maintaining your eye health? Setting regular eye care habits now can help you maintain healthy and robust vision for the rest of your life. Not sure where to start? Read on for a few simple tips on how to love your eyes.
Get Regular Eye Exams
Don’t skip your yearly eye check-up. Regular eye exams are as important as your annual physical or routine trips to the dentist. Subsequently, this means that it’s important to get your eyes checked even if you aren’t experiencing any problems. Some eye issues, like glaucoma, may not display any obvious or unusual symptoms. Fortunately, many eye diseases and problems can be detected early, which helps to prevent more significant issues down the road. So, even if you don’t think your vision has changed, regular visits are a simple way to protect your vision for the future.
Eat Your Vitamins
Just as you eat to keep your body healthy and energized, eating whole foods that are high in Vitamin A, C, D, and E helps to keep your eyes strong. Regular servings of vegetables, such as kale and sweet potatoes, can protect against a variety of eye conditions. Additionally, the healthy fats and high levels of vitamin E in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Plus, the omega 3s also help protect against dry eye syndrome.
Protect Your Eyes from UV Light
It’s no secret that repeated exposure to the sun can harm your eyes. For example, not wearing protective eyewear while outside can cause significant damage over time, even on cloudy days. Therefore, a simple way to shield your eyes from those damaging ultraviolet rays is to invest in a pair of high-quality, UV blocking wraparound sunglasses. Look for a pair that block 100% of UV rays and darken instantly in the sun. Prescription sunglasses are also an easy and stylish way to love your eyes while keeping active in the outdoors.
Practice Good Makeup Hygiene
You don’t have to sacrifice your beauty routine to maintain good eye health. Did you know that using high-quality makeup helps to reduce the risk of eye infection and allergic reactions? You can also help reduce these risks by washing your hands before applying makeup, as well as never sharing your products. Also, don’t forget to check the expiration date on the makeup. If you wear contact lenses, then you’ll want to make sure to apply eye makeup after you put your lenses in. This lowers the risk of getting any flecks of makeup or bacteria on the lens.
Did you know that regular exercise can help to protect your eye health? Research has shown a connection between exercise and a reduced risk for certain eye conditions, like glaucoma and cataracts. Even a brisk walk a few times a week makes a difference. So, grab your walking shoes (and your sunglasses) and enjoy the benefits to both your body and your vision!
Lifelong, Healthy Vision Starts at Looking Glass
Consider these simple eye care tips and start building them into your daily routine to maintain healthy vision in 2020 and beyond. And, for more tips about loving your eyes, schedule an appointment online at Looking Glass Optical. Or, contact us today at 410-768-0202. We are happy to answer all of your questions.