3 Things to do Today for Healthy Vision

1. Eat something orange.
What’s true for your overall health is also true for your vision. Getting a good mix of vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy eyesight. Orange foods like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers and carrots offer lots of vitamins A and C. These foods are high in beta-carotene which helps your body fight toxic free radicals. They can help slow the aging process and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

2. Rock some shades.
Here’s the great thing about sunglasses. Okay three great things. 1. They come in every shape and color. 2. They make you look like a rock star. 3. They protect your eyes from the damaging UV rays of the sun, even in cloudy or overcast weather. UV damage to the eyes is cumulative. Which means if you start getting in the habit of wearing your sunglasses every day starting today, you will already begin to reduce the damage. If you have kids, it’s even more important to get them to start wearing their shades when they go outside as most of our lifetime sun exposure happens before the age of 18. Look for lenses that block 100% of UV rays and look into sunglasses with polarized lenses as they will help you see clearly and eliminate glare.

3. Put your phone down.
If you find yourself barely able to keep your eyes open and you notice your eyes feeling tired after staring at a screen all day, chances are you may be experiencing Computer Fatigue Syndrome. Add to that staring at a small screen and you can suffer headaches, eye strain, blurred vision and dry eye. Your eyes need a break.We recommend the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will allow your eyes to switch focus and prevent strain.

Keep in mind that smart phones and computers also emit blue light which can cause additional strain as well as interrupt your natural sleep cycle. It’s a good idea to make sure to put digital devices away a few hours before bedtime and include a blue light filter in your eyewear.