Though your eyes are one of the most important organs in the body, it’s easy to forget about them. You should make a resolution for next year to improve your habits and eye health.
Here’s a list of things you can do to maintain good vision and eye health.
Eat a Healthier Diet
Include foods in your diet that are rich in beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and vitamins E and C. These vitamins and minerals can help protect your eyes against leading causes of vision loss, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Have a diet that contains green leafy vegetables, fruit and fish.
Regularly Get Your Eyes Checked
A comprehensive eye exam will help ensure that your eyes are in good condition and will detect signs of eye diseases. Keep in mind that some eye conditions don’t manifest early signs so detection is key when it comes to treatment and vision preservation. It pays to regularly schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.
Stop smoking, and don’t start if you aren’t. Studies suggest that smoking increases the likelihood of macula deterioration due to increased chemicals in the bloodstream, which reduces oxygen and blood flow to the eyes.
Keep Your Eyes Protected
Wearing sunglasses won’t only make you look fashionable, but also protect your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, even during winter. Extended UV exposure can result in cataracts and macular degeneration.
Take Care of Contact Lenses
Prevent eye infection by properly caring for your contact lenses. You must wash your hands before handling your contacts and only use a contact lens solution that’s recommended by your eye doctor. Replace your contact lens case every three months. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t sleep or swim with your contacts.
At Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, we believe that preventative eye care is the best way to ensure long-lasting eye health. We offer eyeglasses, contact lenses, sports vision training, concussion therapy and more. Call us at (703) 573-1200, or complete our contact form to request an appointment. We assist patients in Falls Church, VA, and nearby areas.