eye healthy new year's resolutions

Many people choose the beginning of a new year to make resolutions to improve their lives with healthy new habits. Make 2020 the year you resolve to take care of your eyes with these simple eye healthy New Year’s resolutions to lower your risk of developing eye diseases!

ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMS

Make a resolution to schedule annual comprehensive eye exams. An important preventative measure, comprehensive eye exams should be an important part of your overall wellness plan. They will help to prevent or uncover devastating eye issues that can do irreversible damage.

QUIT SMOKING

Smoking is bad for your health! And smoking can lead to vision loss and blindness! Studies have shown that smokers are twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and up to three times more likely to develop cataracts compared with nonsmokers. So in 2020, why not reap the endless benefits and resolve to finally quit smoking?

PRACTICE BETTER CONTACT LENS HYGIENE

the start of 2020 is a perfect time to review contact lens care and hygiene! Lens hygiene laziness can have severe consequences. According to the CDC, 6 in 7 American contact leans wearers admit to at least one risky practice that could cause a serious eye infection. Resolve to review and stick to the safety recommendations laid out by your eye doctor and the American Optometric Association!

EAT EYE-HEALTHY

Eating healthy for your eyes in 2020! New Year’s resolutions aside, there are changes you can make in your diet that specifically benefit your vision, which in turn benefits your overall health! A diet rich in essential nutrients can boost your eyes’ health and help reduce the risk of certain eye conditions as you age.

ALWAYS WEAR SUNGLASSES

In 2020 make sure to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays. The sun’s UV rays aren’t just harmful to your skin. UV-A and UV-B rays have also been shown to be major contributing factors in the development of many potentially devastating eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium and more. So this year, resolve to wear UV-blocking sunglasses whenever you are outside during the day!

GIVE YOUR EYES A BREAK

Too many hours behind a computer screen? In 202o, resolve to take more breaks! If your job involves many hours of looking at a computer screen, you may already have experienced the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome. Eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes are just some of the symptoms that can result from prolonged periods of digital screen use. Give your eyes some regular relief, by following the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.


Source: acecares.org

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