May is Healthy Vision Month! In honor of eyes, we’ve put together a list of 5 ways to keep your eyes at their healthiest.
1. Visit your Eye Doctor
Don’t underestimate the importance of an annual eye exam. At a yearly check up your doctor will check your eyes for diseases and ensure that your prescription is accurate. Through a series of tests a doctor can evaluate your vision and screen for any early signs of eye conditions. By visiting your eye doctor once a year you will be in control of your eye health and have the opportunity to prevent any future eye or vision issues.
2. Food for Eye Health
According to Today.com, “More than 13 million people in the U.S. suffer from macular degeneration, and about half of all Americans over the age of 80 have cataracts.”
To combat this startling statistic, Today.com put together a list of the best foods for eye health. This list includes carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and many more delicious, eye enriching foods.
Many of these foods, like spinach, are easy to add to your diet. The article states, “Spinach provides four eye-protecting ingredients! It comes packaged with vitamin C, beta carotene and large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.” This delicious leafy food can easily be added to salads and meals as a simple way to improve eye health.
3. Reduce Eye Strain
If you work in an office setting where you are on the computer for a large portion of the day, be sure to give your eyes a break. Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can be very straining on your eyes and can cause irritation. To prevent eye strain be sure to take breaks regularly and step away from the computer. In addition, tinted glasses can help cut down the glare of a computer screen and help soothe your eyes. For more ways to avoid computer strain, read our tips here.
4. UV Protection
If you wear prescription eyeglasses it is important to get lenses that have a UV protective coating. If you’re not a glasses wearer, then be sure to always wear sunglasses whenever you are outside. Eye exposure to UV rays has been linked to numerous eye problems, from cataracts to macular degeneration. The impact UV rays have on eyes builds up throughout a lifetime, meaning that it is especially important to protect yourself.
5. Toss Away Old Makeup
When it comes to cosmetics, it truly is important to stick to the guidelines given for eye makeup. Minding the shelf life for mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner is imperative to prevent the spreading of bacteria along the delicate eye area. Any lingering bacterium that sticks to your cosmetics can cause itchiness and redness. It’s even possible to contract conjunctivitis if you are not vigilant about tossing old cosmetics. Here are the common shelf life guidelines for eye makeup:
Mascara: Two – three months
Eye Shadow: Three months
Liquid Eyeliner: Three months
Pencil Eyeliner: If you sharpen your pencil eyeliner regularly (stripping away any bacteria) then pencil liners can last a bit longer than liquid eyeliner.
Sometimes the health of our eyes is ignored. Staying on top of your eye health is a great way to prevent any future issues. Celebrate Healthy Vision Month by making an appointment with your eye doctor today!