Were you aware that July is Healthy Vision Month? Here at Rosetta Radiology, we want to raise awareness about how to improve eye health and provide some tips for better vision.
How To Improve Eye Health
It’s easy to take our vision for granted— after all, the majority of us have been able to see with little problems since we were born. Unfortunately, vision can deteriorate very quickly, sometimes without much warning. When it comes to our eyesight, knowledge and prevention really are the best line of defense. Know your family history and how it might affect your vision in the future, and keep the following five tips in mind as you age.
Some Tips for Better Vision
Just like every other part of the body, eyes need proper nutrition and hydration. While the Vitamin A myth has been busted, there are other components of a healthy diet that can, in fact, improve and supplement your eye health: vitamins C and E, omega-3 fats, and zinc. Realistically, your goal should be to consume a well-balanced diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables where possible.
Get Regular Eye Exams
Just like your yearly physical catches developing problems like weight gain, heart problems, issues with blood pressure, so does your yearly eye exam. During your check-up, your ophthalmologist will test your vision, view the inside of your eye, and check the pressure inside your eye. All of these tests will help your doctor get a good overall picture of your eye health.
Limit Screen Time
Now, we realize that remote work (and working in general) has increased our screen time drastically as a society. However, try to take breaks from the screen when you are not working. You can also use a blue light filter to your monitor or laptop to help lighten the visual load during the work day.
Wear Your Corrective Lenses or Contacts
Failure to wear your corrective prescription can cause unnecessary strain on your eyesight. While this won’t necessarily make your vision worse, it may cause uncomfortable headaches.
Know What Conditions Affect Eyesight
Many health conditions can adversely affect your eyesight. For example, diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, lupus can cause dry eyes and weakened eye muscles, and high blood pressure (much like diabetes) can cause permanent damage to the retina. If you have a family history of these issues or others— like rosacea, liver disease, or sickle cell anemia— it is recommended that you inform your ophthalmologist.
Above all, arm yourself with knowledge. Expand your understanding about proper eye health this month, and spread the news about keeping your eyes healthy and happy!