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SIX EYE-HEALTHY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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For many, the beginning of a new year means making resolutions to improve their lives with healthy new habits. Here are six simple eye-healthy resolutions to consider adding to your list. They will help you take care of your eyes and vision and can possibly lower your risk of developing many eye diseases.

1. SCHEDULE AN ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM

Have you had an eye exam over the last year? Whether you are experiencing any eye issues or not you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam soon. An eye doctor can spot signs of other potential health issues by checking your eyes, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and many eye illnesses.

2. QUIT SMOKING

Everybody knows that smoking is bad for your health, but smoking can also lead to vision loss and blindness. Smokers are twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and up to three times more likely to develop cataracts compared with nonsmokers.

3. PRACTICE BETTER CONTACT LENS HYGIENE

When it comes to contact lens hygiene, laziness can have severe consequences. The CDC states that 6 in 7 American contact lens wearers admit to at least one risky practice that could cause a serious eye infection.

4. EAT EYE-HEALTHY

There are changes you can make in your diet that specifically benefit your vision. A diet rich in essential nutrients can boost your eyes’ health and help reduce the risk of certain eye conditions as you age.

5. ALWAYS WEAR SUNGLASSES

The sun’s UV rays are not just harmful to your skin. UV-A and UV-B rays have also been shown to be major contributing factors in the development of many potentially devastating eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium and more. Resolve to wear UV-blocking sunglasses whenever you are outside during the day in the new year.

6. GIVE YOUR EYES MORE BREAKS

If your job involves many hours of looking at a computer screen, you may have experienced the effects of computer vision syndrome. Eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes are just some of the symptoms that can result from prolonged periods of digital screen use. Resolve to give your eyes some regular relief, by following the 20/ 20/20 rule. Take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

Resolve to take care of your vision in 2022 & HAPPY NEW YEAR!