Did you know that, according to the CDC, over 11 million Americans over the age of 12 could have better vision if they used corrective eyewear? And, the CDC reports that approximately 12 million U.S. citizens over the age of 40 currently have vision impairment.
Keeping your eyes healthy is essential for your overall health, as changes to your vision and to the physical appearance of your eye can indicate underlying health issues. Here at PAIR Eyewear, we’ve partnered with Visibly for Healthy Vision Month this May to bring you 4 tips to keep your eyes healthy and performing the best that they can all year around!
1. Ensure your vision prescription is up to date
It’s important to renew your vision prescription on time every year so that you can continue seeing visibly. Regardless if you wear contacts or glasses, having an up-to-date vision prescription ensures that your eyes are healthy and performing as they should! Did you know that you can renew your vision prescription from home? Use Visibly’s online vision test and you’ll have an updated prescription within 24 hours! Use code HEALTHYVISIONMONTH for a $20 vision test.
Our doctors also recommend that all patients between 18 and 55 years old receive a comprehensive, in-person eye exam regularly.
2. Suns out, shades on!
Raise your hand if you remember your parents telling you over and over (and over) how important it is to apply sunscreen when spending time outdoors. Well, it’s no different with your eyes! As summer is upon us and the sun is starting to shine more throughout the day, it’s important to keep our eyes protected by wearing sunglasses. When choosing your preferred PAIR, Piedmont Healthcare advises to keep the following characteristics in mind:UV protection
- Sunglasses should have 100 percent protection from UVB rays and UVA rays, while blocking UV wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.
- The frames should fit close to your face and the larger they are, the more protection you have when wearing them.
- UV protection on sunglass lenses is actually clear in color, so whether you choose to wear dark-colored lenses or light-colored lenses sunglasses is up to you!
- If the sunglasses you wear have no UV protection, you may be doing more harm than good to your eyes. When wearing dark lenses without UV protection, your pupils naturally dilate, letting more sunlight in and potentially harming your eyes because of the lack of UV protection. Always make sure that your sunglasses have protection from both UVB and UVA rays!
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3. Eat those greens
Eating healthy foods and vegetables will keep your eyes (and entire body!) feeling great. According to Healthline, here are a few nutrients to be sure you include in your diet:Vitamin A
- Suggested eats: egg yolks, dairy products, and liver
- Suggested eats: spinach, swiss chard, kale, pistachios
- Suggested eats: Oily fish
- Suggested eats: primrose oil and starflower oil
4. Follow the 20-20-20 rule
A simple, at-home trick to give your eyes some rest is the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, gaze at something 20 feet from you for about 20 seconds to give your eyes a little rest. Our eyes experience strain when we look at our computers, TVs, and smartphones for too long and this little trick helps to change up your routine.
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