If a healthier you is one of your resolutions this year, Dr. Brian of Will of Will Vision & Laser Centers would like to help. Your eye health is directly linked to your overall health, so taking steps to maintaining strong vision has numerous benefits. In this blog post, Dr. Will shares five New Year’s resolutions to make for healthier, stronger eyes.
Eat More Eye-Friendly Foods
You have probably heard of the saying, “you are what you eat,” and the saying holds true for your eyes. Cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that can help protect against dry eyes, macular degeneration and cataracts. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which can also help reduce your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Several studies have found a correlation between lack of exercise and an increased risk for glaucoma. Other studies have found that exercising regularly can reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Additionally, many eye diseases are linked to other health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Because exercise helps control these health conditions, it only makes sense that it also helps maintain your eye health.
Wear Protective Eyewear
Each year, thousands of eye-related injuries occur in the United States, many of which could have been prevented by wearing protective eyewear. Wear protective goggles when working on home projects that require the use of power tools. If you go out for a swim, don’t forget to wear swimming goggles.
Protecting your eyes also means wearing sunglasses whenever outside. Look for sunglasses that offer 100 percent protection from both UVA and UVB rays. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the snow this winter, look for polarized sunglasses to protect from glare caused by the sun’s rays reflecting off of snow.
Take More Breaks from Electronics
As the use of laptops, tablets and smartphones rises, so does the number of people who experience digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include blurry vision, trouble focusing and headaches. To prevent this, be more aware of your digital habits and limit the amount of hours you spend using digital devices. Do not stare too closely at the screen and lower the brightness on your screen when appropriate.
Consider Laser Vision Correction
If your vision is cloudy or blurry, make 2016 the year you finally achieve clearer, crisp vision. LASIK surgery corrects several refractive errors such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism for clearer vision. The procedure is safe and the results are long-lasting. To learn more about LASIK, contact Will Vision & Laser Center. Schedule a personal consultation by calling (877) 542-EYES (3937) today.