New Year’s resolutions for losing weight are common. But eye health is important, too. So this New Year, why not make a resolution to take better care of your eyes? After all, your eyes are your key to seeing the world — literally.
Here are a number of tips to help you maintain healthy vision and take better care of your eyes this year (and every year).
6 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Vision Everyday
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has some important tips for good vision.
- Wearing sunglasses with both Ultraviolet A and B protection can delay the development of cataracts, help prevent retinal damage and protect the eyelid skin and eye from cancer.
- If you’re a smoker, now is the time to quit. Smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
- Eating right with an emphasis on vegetables can help maintain retinal function.
- It is vital to wear proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries during sports and when working on home projects.
- The AAO also advises patients to follow instructions for proper care and use of contact lenses.
- Eye fatigue is common with computer use. Follow the 10-20-20 rule: Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
3 Tips for When to See Your Eye Doctor
These last few tips involve you and your eye doctor.
- Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40.
- Most serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and AMD are more easily and successfully treated when diagnosed early.
- Any change in your vision should be a signal to see your eye doctor.