Five resolutions for healthy eyes!

Nov 23 2018 | Essilor

It's that time of year: New Year, new resolutions! Going to the gym more often, healthy eating, making a budget and respecting that budget are all excellent places to start! Whether you are concentrating on a dozen things to change this year, or just a few, we suggest that you add visual health to your list. It's not just about wearing glasses! Here are five important habits to integrate into your routine to ensure optimal eye health.

1. Your eyes, you’ll rest.

Your eyes are organs and they need rest. This isn't necessarily about sleep, it's about reducing the strain we place upon them. Many of us spend prolonged periods of time in front of a screen. In order to reduce eye tension and avoid visual fatigue, there is an easy rule to remember: 20-20-20. It’s simple, 3 times the same number! Focus on an object at a distance of 20 feet for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. To avoid dry eyes, remember to blink. This will help you to reduce the effects of visual fatigue that often occur when staring at a screen for too long. On average, we blink 12 times a minute, but only 5 times when we are in front of a screen.

2. Glasses adapted to your personalized needs, you’ll wear.

Do you wear glasses only at specific times of the day? Or when performing specific activities? If so, you must remember to wear your glasses every single time. Whether it's safety glasses when handling certain products and materials, glasses for protecting your eyes when playing an outdoor sport (at least to shield your eyes from the sun!), or when watching screens that emit blue light, you must provide your eyes with the protection they deserve. Several lens treatments, including Crizal, can be used to shield your eyes from UV rays.

3. Your family tree, you’ll get to know.

Some eye diseases are hereditary. In order to prevent them, it is important to know as much as possible about your family history. Glaucoma which causes a definitive decrease of the field of vision, diabetic retinopathy which damages blood vessels as a result of diabetes and macular degeneration which results from the deterioration of a small zone of the retina located at the back of the eye are genetic diseases. During your annual eye exam, we strongly recommend that you speak with your eyecare professional. And why not take this opportunity to go as a family and get tested together as soon as possible?

4. Active, you’ll be!

Being physically active is beneficial for both physical and psychological health. It's also good for your eyesight! By staying active, you reduce the risk of diabetes and macular degeneration. In children, physical activity can slow the progression of myopia significantly. So, get up, jump, dance, have fun! And don't forget about proper hydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Ocular dehydration can affect tear production and make eyes dry and uncomfortable.

5. The right nutrients, you’ll eat.

Healthy eating has benefits for every part of the body - and the eyes are no exception! Focus on getting all of your vitamins! Enjoy every style of eggs, indulge in oysters for celebrations and consume dairy products to increase your vitamin A intake. Your retina will benefit from the omega-3's contained in walnuts as well as in fish such as tuna, salmon and anchovies. Looking to enjoy a wide variety of vitamins all at once? Reach for fruits and vegetables, the undisputed champions of good health! Carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and kale are packed with vitamin C that will help the lens of your eye stay healthy. For more information, read Diet and the health of your eyes.

6. Bonus : Generous, you’ll be.

Give the gift of sight by donating to foundations such as Mira and the Eye Disease Foundation.

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