Happy New Year Cleveland! It’s 2015 and the year is looking good for Cleveland, Ohio. With national recognition for accomplishments like getting LeBron back and hosting the upcoming Republican National Convention, Cleveland is back on top!
So let’s put Cleveland on the map for something else in 2015 – healthy eyes! This time of year, when you’re reflecting on things you could have done better in 2014 and what resolutions could have the biggest impact on your life in 2015, think about your sight. What would your life be like with vision loss? How would it affect your hobbies, your family, your independence? So consider following these tips in 2015 to make sure when you’re making resolutions, you don’t forget your eyes:
Don’t Forget Your Eyes
1. Schedule an Annual Eye Exam for 2015 Today
The 2nd most popular New Year’s Resolution in 2015 is to get organized. Incorporate taking care of your eyes by using your new planner to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Corrective Eye Center for your whole family. In a comprehensive eye exam our Cleveland eye specialists look for a variety of vision disorders that can be detected before you even know they exist – including macular degeneration, dry eyes and glaucoma.
2. Get More Exercise, Eat More Greens and Drink Water
The #1 most frequently declared New Year’s Resolution is to “Lose Weight” and the 5th is to “Stay Fit and Healthy.” These two goals will help your eye health too! Regular exercise can delay the onset of age-related macular degeneration and eating leafy greens and omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of dry eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and more. Drinking more water will help your eyes produce tears and stay moist – something you’ll need in the excessive dry indoor heat that can accompany a Cleveland winter.
3. Quit Smoking… for Your Eyes
The 7th most common New Year’s Resolution is “Quit Smoking” which will do wonders for your eye health too! Smoking increases your risk of cataracts and other sight-threatening eye diseases including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eyes. If you needed more reasons to drop the habit read “The Dangers of Smoking and Eye Health.”
4. Incorporate the 20-20-20 Rule into Your Day
The 4th most common New Year’s Resolution, “Enjoy Life to the Fullest” and the 9th most common “Fall in Love” could send you to the computer screens to enroll in dating sites and research activities going on in the area. Even if these didn’t top your list, we all spend more time in front of screens and staring for long periods can be hurtful to your eyes. Televisions, tablets, computer screens and even smart phones can cause your eyes to become dry, irritated and red. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule to help break up your screen time. Basically, for every 20 minutes you look at an electronic screen, take a 20-second break to look at something that is 20 feet away. Read “Keep Your Eyes Safe In Front of the Computer” for more details.
5. Protect Your Eyes
So while you’re getting more exercise and living life to the fullest in 2015, you’ll likely include activities in the sun, in the snow, in the yard and around the house – the 4 most likely places where you can cause damage to your eyes. Protect your eyes this year from damaging UV rays with sunglasses – especially in the winter months when they reflect off the snow. And protect your eyes from injuries most commonly occuring around the house with safety goggles. It may seem silly to wear goggles when cleaning the bathroom or doing yard work but almost 50% of all eye injuries accour in the home. Read more in “Preventing Eye Injuries at Home, in the Game and on the Job“.
We hope that you’ll start the year off by sitting down with one of our eye doctors to determine the risk factors you may be facing for healthy vision and put together a plan to prioritize your eye health. Schedule an appointment with one of our Cleveland eye doctors today at any of our four locations – Euclid, Independence, Cleveland or Rocky River, by calling (216) 574-8900 or request an eye exam using the contact us form on the website.