March Is Save Your Vision Month
This month and year-round, we would like to remind our patients to prioritize your eye health in 2022 by scheduling your comprehensive eye exam and keeping in mind the importance of good eye health. Save Your Vision Month traces its founding to 1927 by members of the American Optometric Association (AOA). This month and every month, we proclaim and deliver essential eye care that goes beyond vision correction and places our patients’ preventive eye health regimen to the highest standards.
Here is a list of healthy eye tips to celebrate Save Your Vision Month year-round. Keep these tips as a reminder for yourself, and share them with your loved ones.
Have a Colorful Plate
Eating a balanced diet of colorful fruits and veggies, eggs, and fish is incredibly beneficial in maintaining all areas of your health. Essential nutrients in leafy greens, berries, beets, citrus, and even certain fish high in Omega 3s are vital for healthy vision.
Keep in mind that dehydration reduces the lubrication of your eye, which can make eye strain and dry-eye even more uncomfortable. Keep your water bottle filled and keep it with you throughout the day. You’re more likely to stay steadily hydrated if you have your water bottle with you throughout the day. Your eyes will be sure to thank you!
Have Fun and Stay Active
Exercising 3-4 times a week is a significant benefit to your eyes and overall health. Exercising reduces your blood pressure, but it also reduces your eye pressure which is beneficial for lowering your Glaucoma risk. Crank up your favorite tunes and dance in your living room or enjoy a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy nature.
Renovate Your Make-Up Bag
Your eye make-up should be added to your routine calendar to be replaced, especially mascara and liquid liners. These products should be used no more than three months, eye shadows and pencil liners no more than one year. Use extreme caution when using eyelash extensions because of the glue ingredients that could harm your vision.
Protect Yourself From the Warm Sun Rays
Don’t forget to wear your hats, sunglasses, and protective goggles when necessary. As the days get longer and the sun is shining brightly, don’t forget to protect your eyes with 100% UV-blocking glasses. Like sunscreen protects your skin, the glasses protect your eyes from damaging light sun rays.
Take a Digital Break
More people today of all ages spend many hours each day looking at a tablet, computer, or phone. Save your vision and adopt the 20/20/20 rule. Limit your digital eye strain by taking a break from your screen every 20 minutes, focusing on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Crush the Habit
Smoking has been linked to a significantly increased risk for Glaucoma, Cataracts, AMD, and Diabetic Retinopathy. Smokers are also twice as likely to develop Uveitis, an inflammation of the uvea that can lead to vision loss. Furthermore, smoke exacerbates dry-eye conditions. The good news is people who quit smoking almost reduce their risk in line with people who have never smoked.
Schedule Your Eye Exam
Don’t delay or deny yourself of scheduling your eye exam TODAY! Eye exams can detect serious health concerns. For example, diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed with a dilated eye exam. Glaucoma is a silent, sneaky disease that can often go unnoticed until irreparable vision loss.
Celebrate Save Your Vision Month Everyday of the Year and Make Your Eye Health a Priority!
Resources: American Optometric Association and American Academy Ophthalmology