Vision Care & Eye Health Tips
There’s a lot you can do to care for your eyes. Vision care is primarily focused on keeping your eyes as healthy as possible, but many eye health care tips can also benefit your overall health. Let’s explore our top 10 eye health tips and learn how excellent vision care can improve your health and wellness.
Visit your eye doctor regularly.
See your eye doctor at least once every two years, or yearly if you’ve experienced eye problems. Tell them about any vision issues, including:
- Diminished vision
- Dry or irritated eyes
- Eye redness or swelling
- Floaters or flashes
- Headaches, which may indicate a visual and/or neurological condition
Get screened for eye diseases or disorders.
An important part of vision care is getting screened for signs of disease or other conditions. Some eye problems can be resolved if caught early enough. Tell your doctor about any family history of eye disease.
Prioritize your vision care.
Your eye doctor can assess your vision, update prescriptions, and make recommendations for laser eye procedures like LASIK. Follow doctor recommendations, don’t skip appointments, and make sure your vision care is up to date. Your vision impacts every facet of your life.
Take care of your eyes while they’re working.
Your eyes work hard every day, especially if you spend much of your day looking at a screen. Make it a point to blink frequently and use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and look 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. If you need glasses or contact lenses, wear them!
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV damage, which can eventually lead to cataracts or macular degeneration. Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays.
Wear eye protection when necessary.
People working in construction or factories should always wear eye protection. If you do anything else that increases the risk of eye injury—including certain sports, home projects, and more—wear safety glasses.
Eat well and stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated keeps eyes from becoming dry. Eating antioxidants, like those found in dark leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, helps keep your eyes healthy.
Get enough sleep each night.
Lack of sleep can cause your eyes to strain. A good night’s sleep allows your eyes to rest completely.
Wash your hands before touching your eyes.
Anytime you’re going to touch your eyes, including putting in and removing contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly first to prevent infection and irritation. Wash with warm water and soap, scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds before rinsing completely.
Regular exercise helps keep your entire body healthy. It also helps prevent or control diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, which can all affect your vision.
With these eye health tips, you can take the necessary step to care for your vision and your overall health. In addition to your everyday self-care, be sure to schedule regular visits with an experienced eye doctor as part of your vision care. Contact Dello Russo Laser Vision to see if LASIK eye surgery might be a smart next step in your vision care plan.