1. Book an eye exam
Even if you’re blessed with 20/20 vision, you should still see your optometrist or eye doctor at least once every two years. Not only can they catch vision issues, they can also detect early signs of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration, and even illnesses like diabetes and cancer. Stop putting it off and book that check-up today!
2. Don’t forget your sunnies
UV rays can wreak havoc on our eyes, leading to issues like cataracts and blurred vision as early as our teens. To keep them protected, always wear sunglasses. Think of them as sunscreen for your eyes: pick a few pairs you love and apply liberally!
3. Screen smarter
All that screen time can lead to serious eye strain. And while it may not damage your vision permanently, it can cause other problems like fatigue and decreased productivity. If you spend hours in front of a device every day, you might want to consider digital protective lenses, which filter and reflect harmful blue light. Good to know for when unplugging isn’t an option.
4. Look after those lenses
Are you breaking the cardinal rules of contact lens care? First off, you should be cleaning your contact lenses (Acuvue, Air Optix etc.) daily in fresh solution, and swapping them out weekly, monthly or as often it says on the box. However tempting, don’t sleep in them; even extended-wear contacts need a breather. And remember, lenses and water don’t mix. Take them out before showering or swimming to reduce risk of infection.
5. Eat your veggies!
A healthy diet plays a super important role in eye health. Fruits and veggies like carrots, clementines, blueberries, and broccoli are rich in antioxidants and loaded with vitamins A, C and E, which help protect the cornea and lens, prevent cataracts and combat eye fatigue. Turns out, your mom was right when she told you to eat your carrots!