Tips on How to Save Your Vision
It seems as if every good cause has a month set aside in dedication, so it makes perfect sense to include vision among these. Because of this, March has been designated as Save Your Vision Month by the American Optometric Association. At Franklin Family Eyecare in Somerset, NJ, we are dedicated to help patients of all ages see their best and preserve as much of their vision as possible, but it is also important that you be an advocate for your own vision. Here are some of the ways you can be an active participant in your own eye health.
Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly
Even if you have a history of great vision, it is important to get regular eye exams. Children or those with existing eye conditions should get an eye exam from an optometrist yearly. Many eye conditions do not display symptoms right away, and once damage is done it is irreversible. In many cases an eye exam can reveal other health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure that may not have been discovered in other medical appointments.
Make Nutrition a Priority
Making good nutritional choices is good for your eyes as well as your overall health. Many people have heard that carrots are good for the eyes, but so are many other foods such as melons, spinach, broccoli and salmon. If you have trouble including these in your diet, look for supplements containing, Vitamin A, Omega 3 fatty acids, and lutein.
Watch Your Screen Time
Many people spend several hours a day working or playing in front of a computer or smart phone, and this can be hard on your eyes. Every 10 minutes, you should give your eyes a 10 second break by looking up and focusing on some object about 10 feet away. This will help cut down on eye strain.
Use the Right Eye Protection
Wear eye protection against UV Rays and talk to your optometrist about other factors that may be putting your vision at risk. For some, protective goggles might be necessary to keep foreign objects out of their eyes during work or sporting activities.
Smoking is a major risk factor for many eye conditions that lead to blindness including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and age related macular degeneration.
At Franklin Family Eyecare in Somerset NJ, we like to think of ourselves as your partner for healthy eyes. To learn more about the services our optometrists have to offer, or to schedule an appointment contact us at 732-412-7328.