There are some things in life that I often take for granted – good eyesight is one of them. My dad (before he passed away) used glasses to see when driving, reading and sometimes watching television. He got really smart about it though and had LASIK eye surgery and got his eyesight back to where it should have been. My mom still uses glasses to read, when doing crafts and when she needs to look at details in pictures. So yeah – she needs to check into her vision correction options. For me, the convenience of not having to mess around with glasses is why I would jump on the LASIK wagon the first opportunity I would get, and it’s why I’ve partnered with ARSC to share my favorite eye health tips so you can keep your awesome eye health in peak condition.
Eye Health Tips
Screen distance matters. I have an iPhone 6S. So yeah, it’s a big screen, and yet, I still find myself holding my phone super close to my face! According to experts, that’s a big no-no. They recommend that the phone screen be at least 16 inches away from you, and at least an arm’s length if you’re watching a computer screen. Stop and see how close the device that you’re reading this article is from you – chances are that it’s a lot closer than the suggested screen distance.
But what if you can’t read the text on the screen? Well just increase the font size. It’s not really about how big the font is, it’s about the glare that the device is emitting.
Wear sunglasses. Not only are sunglasses super cute, but they work really hard at keeping your eye health in tip top shape. I keep an extra pair in the car (remember those Paul Frank sunglasses from 2013?) that I use when I drive. It’s recommended by the American Optometric Association that you get sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation and that they also block out 75 to 90 percent of visible light. If you’re in the market for new glasses, getting ones with lenses that are polarized is an even better idea.
Green is better than orange. Remember that age-old adage, “carrots are good for your eyes?” Well, it turns out that dark leafy veggies are even better! According to the University of Georgia in Athens, “the leafy green vegetables may improve vision by reducing the stressful effects of glare and exposure to bright light, because they help absorb some of that light.” And if you’re vegetarian? Well that reduces your risk of developing cataracts by 30 percent.
Eye makeup matters. Do you ever go apply mascara only to smell something funky coming from the bottle? Then it’s probably time to replace that tube of mascara. Make it a rule to replace your mascara every three months. And while you’re at it, keep your eyeliners sharp and don’t line your eyes on the inside. I used to do this a lot when I was younger, and that’s a big no-no.
Keep a regular eye exam on the books. Keep your awesome eye health on track with a yearly comprehensive eye exam once you turn 40. I would suggest that you schedule it the same week as your yearly physical just so you get everything out of the way at once.
Keeping your eye health is a lot easier once you know what has to be done. Pretty soon, these five eye health tips will become the norm in your family and you’ll have no need for any refractive surgery. However, you are tired of living with glasses or contact and are considering laser eye surgery,, like LASIK, then I strongly suggest you visit AmericanRefractiveSurgeryCouncil.org for more information on what kind of options are available to you.