May is Healthy Vision Month
Looking forward to summer plans? Whether it’s hiking the Grand Canyon or simply soaking up the sun on a beach vacation we all look forward to some much needed time outdoors. You might have already started to create your own to do list to get ready for your upcoming adventures, but did you consider preparing your eyes for those bright summer months.
Like so many of us, we take our vision for granted. Whether it’s ditching our sunglasses when we’re on vacation, or forgetting to give our eyes a break from the computer screen while at work. Although many vision problems are genetic, the majority of vision problems can be prevented.
In order to raise awareness about the importance of caring for one’s eye health, the National Eye Institute has declared May as Healthy Vision Month. This year the organization is specifically reaching out to young adults to truly reflect on the future of their vision as they often take their eye health for granted. By creating the My Vision of the Future campaign, the National Eye Institute hopes to raise awareness about the various ways you can maintain your healthy vision for years to come. Below are just some of the following tips they have included in their campaign:
Incorporate foods into your daily diet that promote your eye health such as dark leafy greens, carrots, and foods with high omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon.
When you step outside always remember to wear your sunglasses. Whether it’s sunny outside or dark and gloomy, ultraviolet rays can have damaging effects on your eyes.
If you spend most days working in front of the computer, giving your eyes a rest can greatly improve their overall health. In fact, the National Eye Institute promotes the 20-20-20 rule to help prevent eye strains. After every 20 minutes of working in front a computer screen, star off into a distance 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. Not only will this technique give you a well-deserved mental break from work, but it will also give your eyes some much needed rest.
Although it is widely known that physical activity is great for staying in shape, it is also help improve your overall eye health.
Whether you’re playing sports or using potentially dangerous equipment, is it always a good idea to use proper safety eyewear such as face shields, googles, and safety glasses.
For more information on how to better care for your eyes call or visit a local Nationwide Vision near you. Our expert staff would be happy to schedule you an exam with one of the professional and caring doctors of Nationwide Optometry.