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Simple Ways to Keep Your Vision Healthy

Updated: Mar 29


Simple Tips to Keep Your Vision Healthy

Our eyes are invaluable assets that enrich our daily experiences and connect us to the world around us. Maintaining good eye health is essential for preserving clear vision and preventing potential vision problems in the future. In this blog, we'll explore a few simple yet effective ways to keep your vision healthy and vibrant for years to come. 


Eat a Balanced Diet: A well-balanced diet rich in nutrients is beneficial not only for your overall health but also for your vision. Include foods high in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. These nutrients contribute to maintaining healthy eyes and may reduce the risk of age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Incorporate leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, and seeds into your meals to nourish your eyes from within.

 

Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can contribute to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and corneal sunburn. Whenever you're outdoors, whether it's sunny or cloudy, wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. 


Vicki Luehmann, OD

"Sunglasses with good coverage and UV (Ultraviolet) protection are so important for the eye health.  UV damage to the eyes can increase your risk for cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as some eye cancers." - Dr. Vicki Luehmann



Practice Good Eye Hygiene: Maintaining proper eye hygiene is crucial for preventing infections and reducing eye discomfort. Follow these simple practices to keep your eyes clean and healthy: 


  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or handling contact lenses. 

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can introduce bacteria and irritate the delicate tissues. 

  • Replace contact lenses and lens cases as recommended by your optometrist to prevent bacterial buildup. 

  • Keep your eyelids clean by gently washing them with warm water and mild soap to remove debris and reduce the risk of inflammation. 

Take Regular Breaks from Screen Time: Prolonged screen time can lead to digital eye strain, characterized by symptoms such as dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and neck pain. To alleviate strain on your eyes, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. 


Chris Freed, OD

"The average person blinks around 20 times a minute and the average computer user only blinks 6-8 times a minute. Over the course of the day that can be a big deal. So I always talk about breaks, blinks, and hydration. Take visual breaks and look beyond your monitor, take physical breaks and get up and walk around.  Be purposeful in your blinks." - Dr. Chris Freed



Schedule Regular Eye Exams: Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining optimal eye health and detecting any underlying issues early on. Even if you don't currently experience vision problems, routine eye exams can help identify potential concerns and allow for timely intervention. Schedule your exam today at one of our 10 convenient locations!



Taking proactive steps to care for your eyes can significantly contribute to preserving your vision and enjoying a lifetime of clear sight. By incorporating these simple habits into your daily routine, you can promote healthy eyes and reduce the risk of vision-related complications in the future. Remember, your eyes deserve the same level of attention and care as the rest of your body, so prioritize their well-being for a brighter tomorrow!





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