10 Tips for Taking Care of Your Eyes This Summer

stay safe with these healthy eye tipsLet us help you with these healthy eye tips. This summer have the upper hand by taking care of your eyes and protecting yourself against unexpected eye injury. Eye injuries and eye discomfort can not only take months to heal, any loss of vision (even temporarily) can have an enormous impact on the quality of your life. So enjoy your summer to its fullest by keeping your eyes safe!

On any given day, nearly 2,000 U.S. workers experience job related eye injuries that require treatment. More than 40% of eye injuries are caused by projects in or around the home like cooking, home repairs, yard work and cleaning.

The staff at the Corrective Eye Center witness this first hand and there is no better precautions you can take than protecting your eyes. Here are 10 tips for keeping your eyes healthy this summer:

Healthy Eye Tips

1. Wear Eye Protection.

We’re not just talking about sunglasses, even though they are also beneficial for eye heath during those bright summer days. It is also critical to wear eye protection when doing any job where there could be flying matter such as particles, nails, paint, etc… You can buy clear plastic eye protection at any local hardware store and most sports accessory retail locations.

2. Limit Screen Time.

Too much time in front of computer screens, televisions, smartphones and tablets can cause you not to blink as much and strain your eyes. This can also cause dry eyes, blurry vision, neck and back pain. To combat this you can take precautions by blinking more, using a supportive chair, and using anti-glare screens. It is also recommended that for every 2 hours spent looking at a screen that you get up and take a 15 minute break.

3. Avoid Cigarette Smoke.

In accordance to recent studies, smoking directly contributes to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. Smoking is so potent in its effects on the eyes that it’s a good idea to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke at your summer gatherings as well.

4. Eat Your Vegetables.

As a kid when your parents told you to eat your vegetables it wasn’t just for muscular health. It is vital to eat foods rich with Vitamin A in order to keep your eyes in the best shape possible. Vitamin A rich food includes carrots, kale, spinach and mustard greens. These vegetables have lutein, which directly works towards preventing macular degeneration.

5. Get Your Annual Eye Exam.

Many people think that eye exams are only necessary when your sight is blurred or you’re having problems seeing. However eye exams look at more than just things affecting your vision. Eye exams can help identify larger health issues before more serious symptoms become prevalent. During an eye exam our eye doctors look for eye muscle imbalance, eye disease, vision disorders and signs of other health conditions.

6. Exercise Regularly & Eat Well.

It is extremely important that not only your body, but that your eyes, have constant blood circulation. Try to be active every day and take walks, as well as working out for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week to get your heart rate above 160 BPM. In addition, being overweight can lead to type II diabetes which can cause blindness. Stay active and your eyes will thank you.

7. Build Up Your Tears.

Your body creates natural eye lube in your tear film. Every time you blink you are supposed to be layering your eyes with a coat of eye lube from your tear film. However, sometimes the tear film can dry out, which causes tearing of the eyes as a reflex to the dryness. To protect your eyes from this, make sure to have plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, a nutrient known for promoting the health of the tear film. Omega-3 fatty acids are rich in fish and flax, so try to incorporate it into your diet to keep your eyes lubed and healthy.

8. Blinking Breaks.

If you are focused at work, a sporting event, long road trip or anywhere that will subconsciously deter you from blinking, force yourself to take breaks throughout the event to simply blink. It is damaging for your eyes to be staring at an object at the same distance for too long. To help protect your vision from becoming blurry, developing cataracts, and more make sure to take time to blink and look at other things at different distances throughout the day.

9. Time to Check the Family Tree.

Several eye diseases are hereditary. During family gatherings this summer, take the opportunity to ask about any history of eye diseases and to tell your eye doctor immediately. If your doctor is made aware, he or she can help provide care to prevent the disease or to treat it as effectively as possible.

10. Try Drinking Tea.

Replace one or two cups of your morning coffee with green tea to benefit your eyes. Not only is tea hydrating, which helps for keeping your tear film healthy, but green tea also contains anti-oxidants which helps fight against the development of cataracts and other threatening eye diseases.

At Corrective Eye Center we care about you and prioritize your eye health. We want you to enjoy your Cleveland area summer to its fullest potential and don’t want an eye injury or eye discomfort to spoil the fun. The good news? Nearly 90% of all eye injuries are preventable. So take these 10 tips healthy eye tips and enjoy the warm weather and fresh air this season.

For more healthy eye tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Cleveland, Independence, Rocky River or Euclid, Ohio eye doctors, call 216-574-8900 or contact our eye specialists for more information.

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