You should always be seeking to improve yourself. Many people use the new year as a way to start off with a “clean slate” – to begin building and growing.
Usually people will try to exercise more, read more, or learn a new skill. There is an unlimited number of ways for you to improve your lifestyle!
Our eyesight is an important part of our daily lives. It can be easy for us to take our vision for granted since we use it for everything, even the most mundane tasks.
This year, make it your goal to maintain your best eyesight! Arizona Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Glendale can help. Keep reading to learn 3 ways to improve your eye care in the new year!
Set Up An Annual Eye Appointment
Eye exams are a vital part when it comes to maintaining healthy eyes. They allow your doctor to detect problems with your vision early on before they become worse.
For example, glaucoma is a condition that causes you to lose your vision permanently. This happens at such a slow rate that symptoms are almost undetectable.
Vision lost due to glaucoma will never come back. A simple test done during a routine eye exam can catch glaucoma.
By diagnosing glaucoma early on, more severe vision loss can be avoided. This is thanks to medications like eye drops and special pills.
Remember- prevention is always easier than treatment! Prevention is only possible through early detection.
Limit Your Screen Use
We live in a modern society that, for better or for worse, revolves around the use of computers. This means it is pretty much unavoidable that we will spend too much time staring at a screen.
But there is always time to take short breaks to rest your eyes. Try following “The Rule of 20”. Every 20 minutes (set a silent timer if you need to) look at something that is about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
This helps stretch the muscles that adjust the lenses in your eyes. By stretching these muscles, you can avoid losing your distance vision. If you can, get up and stretch your other muscles too!
Practice Good Eye Safety
Good eye safety means protecting your eyes with safety goggles and wearing sunglasses. You should be wearing sunglasses that are 100% UVA and UVB protected. They should have a small sticker on the lens or frame that identifies this.
Wearing sunglasses that don’t protect 100% of UV light are actually worse for your eyes!
This is because they cause your pupils to dilate and allow more light in. Other sunglasses may look cool but the health of your eyes lies in your hands alone, so be smart!
Make this year the best year ever for your eyes by following these tips and learn more during a routine eye exam!
Schedule your consultation with Arizona Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Glendale, Arizona today! Having healthy eyes is one step in being healthy, inside and out.