New Year’s Resolutions to Protect your Vision in 2018

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

As you are setting New Year’s resolutions, have you considered any goals that will impact your visual health? January is often a time when people commit to improving themselves in the new year. Here are a few goals that you might add to your resolution list so that you can protect your vision this year:

Manage Screen Time

Spending a lot of time in front of a screen can lead to eye strain. Even though it might be difficult to avoid the screen altogether, you can reduce the stress of eye strain by following these rules:

  • Follow the 20/20/20 Rule: Look away from the screen for at least 20 seconds. The object should be at least 20 feet away. Take this break every 20 minutes.
  • Protective Glasses: Consider the benefits of wearing protective glasses when you are sitting in front of a screen.
  • Adjust Your Work Station: Your eyes should be level with the top of the screen monitor for the best ergonomics.

Improve Your Diet

Most people associate carrots with good vision because of the beta-carotene in the carrots. But, don’t overlook the benefits of other healthy foods as well. These foods provide the minerals and vitamins that are needed to support your health and optimize performance.

Eat more berries, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, and oily fish. These foods are rich in omega-3’s, antioxidants, lutein, and zinc, which are compounds that help with visual health.

Contact Lens Care

It is easy to get lazy about caring for your contact lenses. But, consistent care is essential if you want to avoid eye problems. At the end of the day, use the right solutions and cleaners to clean the lenses. Always follow the recommended time for wearing the lenses, and dispose of the old lenses when it is time for a new pair.

If you want to learn more about protecting your vision, it is important that you visit with an experienced eye doctor. We are here to support your efforts, and invite you to schedule an appointment. Call our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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