- Wear your sunglasses – We all know excess UV exposure can be pretty harmful to your skin, but your eyes are no exception. UV radiation can lead to pterygiums, cataracts, macular degeneration and yes… cancer of the eyelids… so it’s worth investing in a good pair of sunnies with UV protection. Transition lenses and UV coatings on your prescription glasses can also provide a good barrier against UV rays. Consider this a good reason to get those swanky shades you’ve been eyeing.
- Take regular breaks from the computer – While the verdict is still out on whether computer use can make the vision worse, there’s a lot of evidence behind increased eyestrain, headaches and dry eye. If you find you have a banging headache towards the end of the day after sitting in front of a screen, remember to look away every twenty minutes and take a few blinks to help the eyes relax. If computer use is part of your job, it might be worth getting a sight test to see if glasses can reduce the discomfort.
- Call your mom – or any relative for that matter, and ask them if any eye diseases run in the family. I tell my patients these 5 words every day – You cannot escape your genes. It’s worth knowing if a family member ever went blind and why. Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma and amblyopia, are genetically linked and vision loss can be prevented if they’re caught early.
I’ve kept up my resolution for the first month of the year! Now it’s your turn.
Anything else you’d like to know about eye health? Let me know in the comments section below 🙂
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