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Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month. We often don’t stop to think that from the moment we wake up in the morning, until the moment we go to sleep, our eyes are working hard to help see everything around us. However, studies show that over 23 million Americans have NEVER had an eye exam.  Considering our eyes deliver 80% of the information that we receive throughout the day, shouldn’t we take care of them?  Below are a few tips to help keep your eyes healthy.

Get an Eye Exam

We often assume that if our eyes feel healthy, they are healthy. However, many serious eye diseases, like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts can cause vision problems and may have no early warning signs. Getting an eye exam is a way to ensure your eye health is in good condition. It is also the only way to realize if you can see better with glasses or contacts. You might think the world looks clear, but could it actually be clearer?

Follow the 20/20/20 Rule

In this day and age, most people spend the majority of their day on the computer or other digital devices, which can lead to blurred vision, dryness and headaches.   You might not realize that you’re forgetting to blink, which causes you to become tired! To reduce eyestrain, every 20 minutes, look away from your device and off into the distance (about 20 feet) away from you, for 20 seconds. It might seem silly, but your eyes will thank you!

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

What you eat doesn’t just affect your waistline; it also affects your eye health! Excessive consumption of sugary, starchy foods can make eyes more susceptible to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the top cause of vision loss in the United States.  Vegetables such as spinach and kale, and fish such as salmon and tuna, can help with keeping your eyes healthy by providing Omega 3 fatty acids.

Wear Sunglasses

All the cool kids wear shades to protect their eyes; make sure you are too! Sunglasses protect your eyes, and eyelids, from harmful UV rays, in addition to helping keep your vision sharp and reducing glare. When you’re shopping for the perfect pair of shades, make sure they block out at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays.