Another health issue in my family is vision. My dad has lost his eyesight over the years (he’s legally blind in 1 eye and sees really poorly in the other). Everyone in my family wear glasses (including myself, if you couldn’t guess from my header and button). I got my first pair of glasses in kindergarten. I also wore contacts while in middle and high school. That’s why I’m happy to do a post on “Save Your Vision Week”.
March 6-12th marks “Save Your Vision Week,” a presidential proclamation to remind everyone that our eyes are our best assets – and ones we need to make sure we take care of, all the time.
As with my usual health awareness posts, I’d like to give you a few tips for keeping your eyes healthy.
* Protect, protect, protect: Always shield eyes from harmful UV rays. Choose sunglasses with a UV filter and styles that wrap around the eyes, which blocks sun from reaching your “baby blues.” If you wear contacts, look for the highest level of UV blocking available and those that have the American Optometric Association Seal of Acceptance for UV Absorbing Contact Lenses.
* The doctor says: Scheduling regular eye exams is crucial, so your doctor can monitor your eyes for changes in vision. Have trouble remembering when to schedule that appointment? Sign up for free reminders with Acuminder, a complimentary online reminder service. You’ll receive an email or text reminding you when it’s time to make that appointment.
* Take a hike: While the eyes are one of the strongest muscles in the body, eyes need daily breaks. After intense hours staring at the latest technical gadget, walk away, take a break and give your peepers some time to rest and rejuvenate. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds at something 20 feet away.
Those are pretty easy tips to follow, too. I keep a pair of sunglasses that fit over my glasses in my car at all times. I don’t always remember the 20-20-20 rule with blogging and papers. However, I try not to concentrate on the screen for extended periods of time.
What do you do to take care of your eyes?
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