Our eyes are a vital part of our lives, yet many of us tend to overlook their care. During National Eye Care Month, let’s take some measures to look after our eyes. And while January is a great month to start a new healthy habit, we can make eye health a priority all year long!

Here are some tips to help you take care of your eyes during National Eye Care Month:

  1. Schedule regular eye exams: Regular eye exams can help detect eye problems early on, which can prevent vision loss and other complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults aged 18-60 years should have an eye exam every two years, while those aged 61 years and above should have an eye exam every year.
  2. Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamins A, C, and E, can help keep your eyes healthy.
  3. Wear sunglasses: Wearing sunglasses that block out 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation can help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
  4. Take breaks from digital devices: Staring at a computer or phone screen for long periods can cause eye strain and fatigue. Taking regular breaks can help reduce the strain on your eyes.
  5. Quit smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye problems.
  6. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy and other eye problems.
  7. Wear protective eyewear: If you work with hazardous or airborne materials, wear protective eyewear to prevent eye injuries.
  8. Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands regularly to prevent eye infections.
  9. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help prevent dry eyes.
  10. Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep can help reduce eye strain and fatigue.
  11. Manage chronic conditions: If you have diabetes or other chronic conditions, work with your healthcare provider to manage them effectively.
  12. Be aware of your family history: Some eye problems are hereditary. Knowing your family history can help you take steps to prevent or manage these problems.

If you have thoughts or questions about any of these and how they affect your eyes, please reach out to us. We hope these tips help you take better care of your eyes!