It's Save Your Vision Month. We promote hearing health regularly, but March is a great time to consider the importance of eye health, too.
Your vision is probably something that you don't think about very often. In honor of Save Your Vision Month, take a moment to stop and think about how you can maintain good eye health. Here are five ways to ensure a lifetime of healthy vision.
- Visit an optometrist every year for a comprehensive eye exam.
One of the goals of Save Your Vision Month is to encourage more people to get dilated eye exams annually. If you need a new prescription or have eye issues, corrective measures can happen right away at the exam. It's also a good way to check for unseen injuries, glaucoma and cataracts. Eye checks can also tell you a lot about other health issues. For example, diabetes can sometimes be diagnosed through an eye exam.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Look for shades that block out 99% or 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun.
- Eat leafy greens to promote eye health.
Healthy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens are good for eyesight and help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Give your eyes a digital break.
Screen time is an everyday part of life and so is the risk of eyestrain and eye damage. Practice the 20-20-20 rule to avoid digital eyestrain. What's that? Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your screen to look at something 20 feet away.
- Protect your eyes at work.
Research is still ongoing, but blue light from computers and other screens over a long period of time may be harmful to your eyes. If you have eyestrain or frequent headaches at work, explore anti-glare filters, blue-light-filtering eyeglasses, over-the-counter rewetting eye drops and notes on your computer that remind you to blink.
Know the safety risks of any job. Reduce workplace eye injuries and eye infections by wearing safety glasses when needed. Jobs in manufacturing and construction are particularly at risk for eye injuries, so eye protection is a must. It's also essential to protect your hearing on the job. Read about workplace hearing hazards.
This March and throughout the year, it's important to stay on top of your overall health. Make eye and ear care a priority, so you'll be able to see and hear the sweet sights and sounds of life in the future.
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