What does your vision mean to you? Depending on who you are and where you are in life your answer might vary from your neighbors but we are sure you would likely agree it is something you value greatly. Perhaps your vision means being able to watch your grandchildren play in your yard on a sunny spring day, maybe it means recognizing the face of an old friend from far away. Whatever it means to you, it is probably something you would like to preserve for as long as possible.
May is healthy vision month, what better time to start making some lifestyle changes that researchers believe help reduce the risk of many conditions of the eye.
- Eat Healthy! You are what you eat and eating a diet rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help you preserve the health of your eyes and thus your vision.
- Wear Protection! Protect your eyes, this means wear sunglasses, safety glasses and lenses with UV blocking whenever possible.
- Know When To Quit! Sometimes you need to give your eyes a break, be it from contacts or computer use. Speaking of quitting … quit smoking, it’s bad for everything and your eyes are no exception!
- Schedule Annual Exams! The best defense against many conditions of the eye is early detection, that means before vision loss occurs so make a deal with yourself to have an eye exam annually.