There are traditional New Year’s resolutions, like traveling more, getting in shape, and saving money. And then there are unconventional resolutions that are just as important as the classics — if not more so.
At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we want everyone to have healthy eyes and clear vision. That’s why we recommend that you resolve to take care of your eyes in 2019.
The Best Practices for Maintaining Healthy Eyes
Taking care of your eyes shouldn’t be difficult. In fact, it could be the easiest resolution that you commit to this year. You might just need to make a few simple adjustments to your normal routine.
Follow these steps to ensure great visual health:
- Eat a healthy diet: Eating well may already be part of your resolutions. But did you know that healthy foods often contain nutrients and vitamins that can support your eye health? Try to eat more dark leafy greens, oily fish like salmon, nuts and beans, and citrus fruit.
- Wear sunglasses: UV exposure can increase your risk of developing eye issues such as cataracts. To protect your eyes from UV damage, invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
- Stop smoking: Smoking can lead to cataracts, optic nerve damage, and other medical complications. Try to kick this habit to maintain clear vision and protect your overall health.
- Wear protective eyewear: Many activities can cause eye injuries. Wear eye protection while playing sports, handling hazardous materials, or engaging in any other potentially risky behavior.
- Take computer breaks: Staring at a screen for too long can cause eye strain, dry eyes, and more. Take breaks by following the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also try practicing eye exercises during these short computer or phone breaks. Try to focus your gaze on the tip of a pen as you move it towards your eyes and then away from them.
- Schedule routine eye exams: If you want to advocate for your eye health, you need to schedule comprehensive, routine eye exams. For one thing, it is important to find out if your prescription has changed. Eye exams can also detect many optical issues before you notice them on your own.
- Learn about your family’s eye health history: Many eye conditions and diseases are hereditary. You should talk to your family about their history of eye issues to learn more about your own risk of developing visual complications.
- Prioritize at-home eye care: Some conditions, such as dry eyes, can be addressed at home. Make sure that you diligently follow any directions that our ophthalmologists give you during your eye exam. For example, we may tell you to administer eye drops or apply a warm compress over your eyes every day.
- Notify our ophthalmologists of any visual changes or issues: If you notice any changes in your vision, call our ophthalmologists. These changes may be associated with a minor issue, or they may signal a more serious condition. Either way, dealing with visual changes as soon as possible is crucial.
- Don’t postpone beneficial procedures: There are many safe and effective procedures that can treat a wide range of visual complications. If you have been considering cataract surgery, LASIK, or any other optical procedure, now may be the time to schedule it. These services can often increase your quality of life, and you may wonder why you waited so long in the first place.
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