Many will agree that 2020 was a year unlike any other. When looking ahead at the rest of 2021, one area of your life that you should resolve to make changes is in your health, and a great place to begin here is your eyes. Here are five New Year’s resolutions for your eye health.
When was the last time you had an optometrist check your eyes? If you have not seen an optometrist in Southlake, TX in the last two years, you need to book an appointment soon. Eyes go through small changes that an eye care professional can detect and offer guidance toward better eye health.
Also, during the appointment, your optometrist at Eyes & Ears will notice vision problems that could be developing and offer corrective measures before they get serious. Visit your optometrist soon if you wear contact lenses, eyeglasses, or have undergone an eye procedure recently.
The events, classes, and gatherings that used to be part of our lives moved to various online platforms in 2020; and, in part, may remain that way for much of 2021. For the sake of your eyes, you should try to spend more time away from screens when you have the opportunity to do so.
Too much screen time leads to dry eyes, eye strain, computer vision syndrome, tired eyes, and other conditions. You can try reading a book before going to bed instead of reading one on your smartphone or watching a movie. If reducing screen time is not an option, you can speak with your eye doctor about blue light glasses to help with digital eye strain.
Most people try to eat more healthy food at the start of a new year because a healthy diet is key to attaining and maintaining a healthy weight. However, for the sake of your eyes, make a resolution to eat foods that are good for your eyes as well as your overall health. Begin with eating more fruits and vegetables, and foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin.
Also, zinc, beta carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet are good for your eyes. Foods with these elements can help to decrease the risk for diseases that cause vision loss from developing, such as age-related macular degeneration.
When it is too bright outside, take care of your eyes by protecting them from harmful UV rays. UV rays damage the eyes, and the best way to protect your eyes is by using sunglasses. Another way to take care of your eyes is to get enough sleep. The proper amount of sleep reduces stress and is of great benefit to an individual’s eye health.
Drinking a lot of water is another way to take care of your eyes. Plenty of water helps an individual from developing dry eyes, especially for contact lens wearers.
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages out there, and it has its benefits. However, too much coffee works against the production of tears and can lead to blurred vision, eye infections, and light sensitivity, which are all related to dry eyes.
If you smoke cigarettes, start making steps toward quitting this year. Smoking has some seriously negative effects on an individual’s health, and these include eye health. Smoking can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and dry eyes, and can contribute to vision loss. One of the best resolutions you can make this new year is to quit smoking.
To learn more about eye health, contact Eyes & Ears in Southlake, Texas (817) 270-6400 to schedule an appointment.