Have you made your New Year’s Resolution? Most likely it includes ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle and focus on taking care of yourself. Your resolution may include walking daily, eating healthier, reading more, or learning something new. How about deciding to take better care of your vision?
Here are 5 tips that will help you keep your resolution:
Annual Eye Exam
Many eye conditions can be treated if caught early on. An annual eye exam can catch subtle changes in your vision and alert your eye care professional to a developing eye condition such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Once your vision has started to deteriorate, you may think your eye care professional can do no more for you; working with an Ophthalmologist, Optometrist, Low Vision Specialist, and Occupational Therapist will help you get the most out of your remaining vision.
Since many eye conditions are caused by other health issues, staying active can help keep your eyes healthy. In an article from the AAO, it states that studies have found a direct link to regular exercise and eye health. People who are physically active may be less likely to develop glaucoma and macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of vision impairments.
Increasing your intake of leafy greens, carrots, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, and fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower your risks of common eye diseases. These can give you the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins your eyes need to stay healthy.
Protecting your eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays may also help prevent macular degeneration, cataracts, and other common eye diseases. The ImproVision filter lenses can also help reduce glare and increase contrast. These will help to protect your vision if you are doing daily walks around the neighborhood to stay active.
Quitting smoking is a positive step you can take to reduce your risk of eye disease and improve your eye health. Seek your doctor’s help. You do not have to quit alone; you can get the support and tools you need to quit.
Reaching your goal to take care of your vision requires you to realistic goals for yourself. Contact your eye care professional to schedule an appointment. Grab your sunglasses before you leave on your daily walks. Visit a local farmers market to get fresh fruits and vegetables. Get a referral for an Occupational Therapist. Make an appointment at a local low vision technology center or ask for an in-home demonstration of the latest electronic low vision aids. Little steps can make a huge difference and will get you where you need to go.Jan 15, 2021