The day I turned 45, I needed readers. The ophthalmologist told me I was “right on schedule.” That was a time when I’d rather be late!
Do you take your eyes for granted? If so you’re not alone. Like with most muscle movement or organ function, unless it’s painful or impacting a regular routine, you don’t take notice.
It’s time to take a look at your eye health through 20/20 vision!
According to Vision Plan Insurance, among human organs, eyes are second only to brains in complexity. The percentage of the U.S. population with vision problems is 50 percent and growing, according to data gathered by the National Institutes of Health.
Don’t be a statistic! Headaches, itchy burning eyes, changes in vision, or sensitivity to light can all be symptoms of vision problems.
Neglected or deteriorating vision will not only impact your sight, but also significantly hinder your ability to maintain the independence you may expect.
Take preventative measures to protect your eye health.
Start with these small steps:
- Whether you have computer eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes or none of the above, schedule a visit with a practitioner and have regular screenings annually. If you’ve never been before, and optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam is a great first stop.
- Schedule breaks from screens. Staring at a computer, phone or TV for hours on end takes a toll. Create a few moments every hour or so to close and rest your eyes. Once you do, you’ll likely realize how much its needed on a regular basis!
- Do-not-smoke! Not that you should anyway, but smoking is linked to increase chance of serious eye conditions.
- Go ahead, buy those fabulous sunglasses and hats. Did you know your eyes can get sunburned? Sunburn not only occurs from being in direct sun, but also from the reflection of the sun, whether it be off the street, a window, building or water. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of the UV rays and a hat. Even if it’s not sunny out, sunglasses shield your eyes from debris, especially if you’re playing sports.
- Eat nutrient dense foods. Yup, the old diet again! Foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, and omegy-3 fatty acids reduce risk of eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
- Exercise your eyes. You’ve likely been taught that rolling your eyes is rude, but in this case, it’s good! Also, temple massage, practicing focus, and applying warm palms are great fitness techniques for your eyes.
I am currently in Colorado and as I sit here on an unusually hot and sunny day, I am grateful for my protective sunny’s! Share a photo of your favorite sunglasses no matter where you are. And if you don’t have any, add it to your wishlist this holiday season.
Eye Healthfully Yours,
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™