Here at Coley & Coley, we care most about three things:
1. Keeping your eyes healthy,
2. Making sure you are seeing the best you can see,
3. Giving you a great experience from the moment you walk in our door.
Today, I’m going to talk about the first one. You may come to see us once a year, or maybe you haven’t even stopped by in a few years (if that’s the case, we’d love to see you!). But did you know there are things you can be doing every day to ensure your eyes stay healthy and strong? Your eyes are affected by just about everything – what you eat, what you look at, what you wear over them, and more. Here are a few tips to keep those eyes healthy, happy, and beautiful.
Eat for better vision!
Regularly eating foods with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help fight against problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. These foods include leafy greens, citrus, berries, eggs, fatty fish, and almonds.
Quit the bad habit.
That’s right, smoking even affects your eyes. This habit increases the risk of cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. As if it didn’t already do enough damage, am I right!?
Wear those sunglasses!
Have you been looking for an excuse to go buy those cute sunglasses you love but are out of your budget? Here it is. Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration. Make sure you choose glasses that block at least 99% of both UVA and UVB rays. Spend a little on those glasses now; it’ll save you in the long run!
Use Safety Eyewear.
If you’re ever working with hazardous or airborne materials, protect your eyes with safety eyewear. You know what I’m talking about – those big, ugly glasses that you probably wore on the soccer field when you were 7. Let’s bring those back in style (Can we say we’re bringing them “back” if they were never really in style in the first place?). When you’re mowing your yard, hammering some dry wall, playing table tennis, whatever you do in your spare time.
Or, if you’re me, you need to wear protective eyewear when you’re watching scary movies. My husband gave me a black eye with his elbow while we were watching The Strangers after something in the movie caused him to jump.
Take a Break.
Here at Coley & Coley, we like to use the 20, 20, 20 rule. When you’re looking at a computer or electronic device:
Every 20 minutes
Look 20 feet away
For 20 seconds.
And then, every two hours you should get up and take about a 15-minute break.
Staring at your screens can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, difficulty focusing at a distance, dry eyes, and headaches.
Finally, visit your eye doctor!
Annual visits to your eye doctor can save your eyes, big time! This gives us the opportunity to find any issues or diseases that can be treated in earlier stages.
Call Coley & Coley to schedule an appointment today so you can have #HappyEyes and a #HappyLife.