We spend a lot of time worrying about our overall health. It’s certainly important to eat right and exercise in order to remain fit, enjoy lasting function, and avoid heart disease and other common ailments. However, you need to place just as much importance on your eye health.
Our vision allows us to learn, whether we’re reading a book or reading a room. It’s only natural for vision to decline with age, but there are things you can do to maintain healthy eyes and preserve your eyesight. Here are just a few proactive steps you can take at any age.
Watch What You Eat
Every cell in our bodies relies on proper nutrition to remain healthy and thrive. It should come as no surprise, then, that choosing the right foods could help to maintain healthy eyes. Studies have shown that nutrients like vitamins C and E, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to optimal eye health, so you might want to add foods like leafy greens, citrus fruits, oily fish, nuts, beans, and eggs to your diet.
Protect Against External Harm
Eye health can be impacted by a number of factors, but two major threats to your vision come from external sources: the sun and blue light. It’s not hard to find sunglasses or even everyday lenses that offer suitable UV protection, but you also need to consider how to minimize high-energy visible (HEV) blue light used to illuminate digital screens.
The Focus™ Eyewear collection from Peepers filters more than 40% of high-energy visible (HEV) blue light in the 400-450 nanometer range, offers UV400 protection, and has a seven-layer anti-reflective coating to reduce glare from digital screens, giving you extra protection when you spend all day looking at electronic devices like your TV, computer, tablet, and cell phone.
Give Your Eyes a Rest
In this modern world, it can be difficult to allow your eyes some much-needed downtime. Many adults work long hours and have seemingly unending obligations that eat into sleep. However, we need sleep to recover from the stresses we place on our bodies and minds each day.
If you find yourself experiencing eye strain, headaches, and fatigue, take a look at how much sleep you’re getting at night. Even if you can’t make the recommended eight hours each night, at least take the time to close your eyes for short intervals throughout the day to give them a rest. The 20-20-20 rule will help! After twenty minutes looking at a screen, take a short break and look at something at least twenty feet away for twenty seconds. Your eyes will thank you!
You go every year for a physical to maintain your overall health, and you visit your dentist regularly to ensure optimal oral health. You also need to test your vision regularly to keep your eyes healthy and strong for as long as possible.
The wrong corrective lenses (or worse, a complete lack of needed correction) can speed vision decline. If you want to get started, try our free Peepers Vision Test, or simply visit your preferred ophthalmologist.