This summer we urge you to make your eye health a priority and encourage your friends, family, and community to promote healthy vision as well! Your eyes are the key to one of the most important senses: your sight! Yet we often take our eyes for granted and don’t prioritize simple steps to keeping our eyes healthy, like regular vision exams. Maintaining healthy vision doesn’t have to take a lot of time and energy. Start with these five ways to have healthy vision!
1. Wear Sunglasses
One of the easiest steps to ensure your eyes stay healthy is to wear sunglasses while outdoors. Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner. During these warmer months, everyone will be spending a lot more time outside enjoying outdoor sports, activities and events. Even on days that seem overcast, the sun’s rays can be damaging and have a negative impact on your eye health. Be sure that you have sunglasses that are properly protecting your eyes. Look for lenses that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation. If you wear prescription lenses, consider investing in prescription sunglasses. You don’t want to compromise your vision while protecting your eyes! At Athens Eye Care, we carry many popular brands, such as Ray ban, Cole Haan and more. With a great pair of sunglasses, you can stay stylish and safe this spring and summer!
2. Protective Eyewear
A second way to protect your eyes is to wear protective eyewear during certain activities, such as doing special projects or playing sports. During spring and summer, kids are playing more outdoor sports, adults are joining community leagues, and many people are spring cleaning and taking on home remodeling and renovation projects. It’s important that you take safety precautions to protect your eyes during potentially harmful activities. Keep a few pairs of safety glasses, goggles or eye shields around your home so that you have them when you need them!
3. Know Your Family History
Another step you can take to make your eye health a priority is to know your family eye health history. You may not know that eye health can be hereditary, so it’s important to be aware of anyone in your family who has been diagnosed with an eye disease. If there is eye disease in your family history, you may be at higher risk for an eye disease and can begin taking preventative measures to keep your eyes as healthy as possible. Encourage your family to make healthy vision a priority by starting a conversation about your family eye health history!
4. Build Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Living a healthy lifestyle not only maintains your overall health but also boosts your eye health. Your eye health is impacted by the foods you eat, your weight, and other conditions. This is why eating healthy foods like carrots, leafy greens, eggs, citrus and berries, almonds and fish can help to maintain your eye health. There are so many fresh, seasonal foods available in the spring and summer months that contain great nutrients to help your eyes stay healthy. Maintaining a healthy weight, properly managing chronic conditions and not smoking can also lower your risk of developing eye issues.
5. Schedule an Annual Eye Exam
Finally, you need eye exams to fully ensure the optimum health of your eyes. A dilated eye exam is the only way to catch eye diseases early so that they can be treated most effectively. Many eye diseases have no warning signs and are caught too late. Be sure to schedule your eye exam with Dr. Kinard at Athens Eye Care.
Your vision is one of your most precious senses, which means your eyes and eye health should be a priority! Start by taking these 5 simple steps toward boosting healthy vision. Then encourage your loved ones and neighbors to make their eye health a priority too!