At the beginning of each year we consider what improvements we would like to make in our lives. These resolutions often include health improvements. We resolve to eat better and exercise. One resolution you should consider is to take better care of your eyes. It is easy to take for granted all that our eyes do for us. Without our eyes, our entire world and lives would change. The following five tips will help you keep your eyes healthy this year and in years to come.
- Keep the Eyes Hydrated – Dry eye is a common condition that is exacerbated during the winter months due to the decrease in humidity. One of the most effective ways to keep the eyes hydrated is by drinking plenty of water every day. The amount of water needed varies with activity and weight. When not doing anything strenuous, you should drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you way 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water daily. Water intake should increase when exercising.
- Quit smoking – Smoking negatively affects every cell in the body by limiting its flow of oxygen. Smoking has also been linked to an increased risk of eye diseases that can lead to blindness.
- Wear sun protection – No matter the time of year, it is important to wear sunglasses year round. UV rays can damage the eyes even on cloudy days, increasing your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration. When selecting sunglasses, it is important to choose lenses that block out 100% of UV rays.
- Get regular eye exams – Regardless of whether or not you have 20/20 vision, regular eye exams are a necessary form of preventative medicine. Eye exams are not just for detecting vision changes. Vision problems such as glaucoma have no symptoms and can remain undetected until its too late. An individual who has regular eye exams will be able to detect vision problems, preventing vision loss.
- Take proper care of your contact lenses – Proper contact lens care includes obvious tips such as following the care instructions for the specific lenses worn. It also includes using proper hygiene when cleaning contacts and not sleeping in them. Other less common tips are to not wear contacts while swimming in a pool or relaxing in a hot tub. Both contain bacteria that can cause permanent vision loss and should be avoided. If you do not want to wear glasses, consider LASIK vision correction.
The eyes are our most precious organs and must be properly taken care of. If you are due for an eye exam and would like to schedule an appointment, call Raleigh Eye Center at 919.876.2427 today.