In my commitment to take better care of me, I just had my annual eye exam after 7 years! So, just in case its been awhile for you too here is a little motivation!
Take a 20-Second Computer Break
Staring at a computer (or any digital screen) won’t hurt your eyes, but it can make them feel tired and dry. Surprisingly, we blink about half as often when we’re looking at a screen. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Also, place your screen so it’s about 25 inches away and slightly below eye level. Reduce glare by moving light sources or using a screen filter.
Eat for Your Heart and Your Eyes
Foods that help circulation are good for your heart, eyes, and vision. Choose heart-healthy foods like citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and whole grains. Foods rich in zinc — beans, peas, peanuts, oysters, lean red meat, and poultry — can help eyes resist light damage. And carrots do help eyesight: the vitamin A in them is important for good vision. Other nutrients that help eyes include beta-carotene (found in many yellow or orange fruits and veggies), and lutein and zeaxanthin (found in leafy greens and colorful produce).
If you smoke, stop. Smoking increases your risk of developing cataracts and aggravates uncomfortable dry eyes. It also builds up plaque in your bloodstream and weakens arteries. This not only increases your risk of a heart attack, but it can damage the retina and cause vision loss. The good news is that after you quit, your risk of eye disease is about the same as for non-smokers.
Get Regular Eye Exams
Whether or not you wear glasses, get eye exams every other year if you’re between ages 21 and 40. Contact lens wearers and anyone over 40 should get checkups every year. These exams should include dilation, where your eye doctor uses drops to widen your pupils to look inside for any damage or disease. Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma or retinal problems due to age or diabetes, give no early warning signs.
Here are a few retailers that are currently offering sales, coupons, etc on eye exams and glasses. I went to my local JCP, it was convienient, not too busy but the variety of frames was a little limited but I’d go again!
**The “I Feel Good” Series will highlight health related tips and information. This blog does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only.