Eyes on the Prize: Optometrist Approved Tips for Vision Health Month

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Discover essential optometrist-approved tips to prioritize your vision health this Vision Health Month. From regular eye exams to UV protection and digital eye strain relief, learn how to safeguard your eyes and preserve your precious sight.

May 20, 2024

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1. Routine eye exams

Like with any regular check ups, early detection and prevention is key. Scheduling a regular eye exam with an optometrist is the first step toward healthy eyesight. Optometrist recommend getting your eyes checked at least every 2 years or more frequently if there are any vision health risks or factors to evaluate. Their comprehensive exams not only check on your eyesight, but also assess the risk for more serious conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration, before it becomes too late. Regular checkups are therefore a necessity for continuous ocular health.

2. Nourish your eyes

You are what you eat, and that’s particularly true when it comes to eye health. Foods rich in vitamin A, E and C, as well as omega 3, are known to help nourish the eyes and maintain eye health. Leafy greens, vegetables and fruits are also loaded with eye-health loving ingredients that help prevent macular degeneration. Ensuring your diet contains a healthy dose of these types of foods are sure to set your health on the right path.

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3. Protection from UV rays

With sunny days being right around the corner, it’s time to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes. Just like applying sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful UV rays, it’s essential to do the same with your eyes. It’s therefore time to invest in a good pair of sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays and wear them at all times, even on cloudier days. Protecting your eyes from these harmful rays help prevent conditions of ocular degeneration and other eye-related diseases.

4. Digital eye-strain relief

Most of us are in front of a computer screen, tablet or smartphone every day for prolonged periods. This can of course put a strain on the eyes known as digital eye strain with symptoms such as dryness, headaches and blurred vision. To help relieve this, it’s recommended to practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away. Adjust screen brightness and contrast settings to reduce glare, and ensure proper lighting in your workspace to minimize eye fatigue.

Optometrist helping a patient with their contact lenses

5. Keeping those lenses clean

Pour ceux qui portent des lentilles de contact, une bonne hygiène n’est pas négociable. Suivez scrupuleusement les instructions de votre optométriste pour l'entretien des lentilles, y compris le lavage des mains avant de manipuler les lentilles, leur nettoyage et leur désinfection comme indiqués et le respect des calendriers de remplacement. Le non-respect d’une bonne hygiène peut augmenter le risque d’infections oculaires et d’autres complications, mettant en péril votre vision et votre confort.

Vision Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of taking care of our eyes. These necessary optometrist-recommended steps ensure continuous eyesight health for years to come. Eye health professionals, like the ones at LE LUNETIER, can help give you the right tips and tricks to maintain your eye health. Let's keep our eyes on the prize—vibrant, clear vision—and commit to nurturing our eye health today and every day.