7 Tips to Keep Your Vision Healthy

2016-03-03

Unless they're giving us problems, we rarely think about the health of our eyes. March is national Save Your Vision Month, and a great time to learn more about your ocular health.

The healthy human eye is a sophisticated light-sensing machine that, in a basic sense, works a lot like a camera. And just as with a camera, looking at the lens isn't necessarily going to tell you how well the instrument is functioning. In addition to vision problems, the eyes can be affected by allergies, infection, inflammation or other, more serious conditions. Many eye diseases do not include symptoms in their initial stages, but can be detected early by an exam. In addition, some eye problems can actually indicate other health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

So, don't wait until they're giving you problems.

7 Tips to Keep Your Vision Healthy:

  1. Get regular checkups: Most eye professionals agree that a comprehensive exam with a dilation procedure is the best way to ensure that your ocular health is in tip top shape. An annual eye exam includes much more than just vision screening; it can reveal early signs of other eye or health issues.
  2. Avoid digital fatigue: In the era of smartphones and tablets, digital eye fatigue is a real issue. The American Optometric Association recommends using the 20-20-20 rule to keep vision fatigue to a minimum: when using a digital device in close proximity, take a break every 20 minutes to look at something at least 20 feet away for approximately 20 seconds.
  3. Maintain physical health: Maintaining your overall physical health is a simple way to positively contribute to the health of your eyes. Exercise, eat right, and get plenty of rest; if you're a smoker, do whatever it takes to quit.
  4. Work and play safely: Always wear appropriate safety gear to protect your eyes in the workplace. It's also recommended that you use protective eyewear when doing any recreational activity that could result in eye injury. find the best safety gear for your sport or activity.
  5. Shield the sun: Wearing sunglasses regularly is a must in order to keep your eyes healthy. Be sure to purchase quality shades that block out both UV-A and UV-B rays.
  6. Practice cleanliness: Not practicing common sense hygiene when using contact lenses can lead to serious eye infection. Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling contacts or touching your eyes. Clean your contacts and their case regularly. Finally, store contact lenses properly using recommended products, and replace them regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Don't forget the kids: Vision problems can have major implications for learning and for your child's overall health. Young children especially may not even recognize that their vision is compromised, so it's important to get them regular checkups. In addition, insist that your child use protective eyewear when playing sports or doing other high risk activities, even if it isn't required.

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