Set Your Sight on Better Health

Tips for taking care of your eyes

Eye care should be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, but so often, we only think about eye care when we forget sunglasses on a sunny day!

Follow these straightforward tips to take care of your eyes now and keep them healthy for years to come.

1. Have an annual eye exam.
See your eye care professional. And, don’t forget to dilate! A dilated eye, or digital imagery, is the only way for your doctor to catch common eye diseases.

2. Invest in good eyewear.
This includes both protective eyewear (goggles, sports guards, etc.) and sunglasses. Look for both in your local sporting goods store, but for sunglasses be sure to seek out glasses that advertise blocking 100 percent of UV rays.

3. Practice good computer habits. These guidelines will help reduce eye strain due to screens:
Turn down the brightness on your computer, phone,
and tablet.
Try to keep your eyes at a good distance from the screen to decrease eye strain—if the text is too hard
to read, increase the size!
Follow the common 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of screen time, take a break to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds, and be sure to fully blink!

4. Remind friends and family! If you are close to someone who has glaucoma, or know someone who is at risk for glaucoma (this includes African Americans over age 40, people over 60, and those with a family history of the disease) be sure to encourage them to take their glaucoma medicine every day, and to go in for a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years to try and catch the disease early. The National Institute for Health reports that although there is no cure for glaucoma, patients should work together with care professionals to make the most out of their glaucoma treatment. Ask questions like, “Should I make any lifestyle changes?” and don’t be afraid to ask for written instructions. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.

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