Three New Year's Resolutions That Your Eye Doctor Will Approve Of
January is almost here, and that means it's time to start planning your New Year's resolutions. Instead of broadly pledging to make this the year you finally get healthy, why not focus on just one part of your body: your eyes. They allow you to see and enjoy the world around you, and by making these three resolutions this year, you can help keep them healthy for years to come.
Be better with your contact-lens hygiene.
If you're a contact-lens wearer, make this the year you do a better job of keeping your contacts and eyes clean. This will help you avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Specifically, make sure you:
- Wash your hands before putting in and taking out your contacts
- Fully dump and replace the solution in your storage case each night
- Rinse your contacts before putting them in their case each night
- Change your contacts according to schedule rather than wearing them for an extra week or month
Make screen time less strenuous.
Especially if you have an office job, you probably spend hours a day staring at your computer screen. Then, you spend a few more hours staring at your phone! All of this screen time can be burdensome on your eyes, causing blurry vision and headaches, among other symptoms. To make screen time less burdensome, turn the brightness down and the contrast up. Also, take a break from looking at your screen every 30 minutes during long work sessions. Start doing some things—like writing lists and asking your boss questions—on paper or in person rather than on a screened device.
Boost your intake of eye-healthy nutrients.
Almost everyone knows that vitamin A is good for your eyes, but your eyes also need vitamin C to help avoid infections and age-related diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids also help boost tear production and keep your eyes moist. Take a multivitamin and an omega-3 supplement to ensure you're getting enough of these eye-healthy nutrients, or else really focus your diet on foods that contain them. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash contain plenty of vitamin A. Most fruits and veggies, including kale and citrus, are high in vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in fish and flaxseed.
To learn more about ways you can better care for your eyes, speak with an eye doctor, such as one at Blue Ridge Ophthalmology. They may help you devise even more effective New Year's resolutions based on your unique needs.