Many of us make resolutions for the new year: exercise more, eat healthier, and spending less are just some of the most popular resolutions out there. However, before you get a head start on achieving those resolutions, think about a few resolutions for your eyes too. Believe it or not, some of the more common New Years’ resolutions can also benefit your eye health—not just your overall health. For better care of your eyes, try incorporating some of these resolutions for improving your eye health this year:
Resolution #1: Eat Healthier
Topping the charts of the most common New Years’ Resolutions is eating healthier. As you work towards eating foods for your general health, try incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C and E into your diet. Such foods include green, leafy vegetables like kale or spinach; fish high in oils like tuna, salmon, and anchovies; berries or citrus fruits; and foods high in protein like eggs, beans, and nuts. Foods like these can help fight off vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Resolution #2: Wear Protective Eyewear
This year, make a greater effort to wear protective eyewear anytime you go outdoors for an extended period of time, work in hazardous conditions, or play sports like lacrosse and racquetball—where eye injuries are more likely to occur. Keep sunglasses on hand to wear anytime you go outside to protect your eyes from UV exposure and use goggles or safety eyewear to protect your eyes in the event of an accident at work or while playing a sport.
Resolution #3: Take Screen Breaks
With digital advancements, many of us have a plethora of screens to look at on a daily basis. Unfortunately, looking at a screen for too long can lead to eye strain, dry eyes, blurry vision, and even headaches. To avoid this, use the 20/20/20 rule: Rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking away from the screen and at something that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Resolution #4: Visit the Optometrist
Finally, make sure you schedule a regular eye exam with our office at least once a year. We can give you a comprehensive dilated eye exam that involves analyzing your eyes for any signs of early vision problems or any other underlying health problems that can be detected through your eyes.