Six New Year’s resolutions for better eye health

12119346 - beautiful girl show love signNow that 2020 is in full swing, you’ve likely set a few goals already for the new year. While you may not have thought about it, there are several New Year’s resolutions you can make that will benefit your eye health. Here are six we recommend:

Do not wear your contacts longer than recommended. How long do you wear your contacts? If you wear your contacts longer than recommended, you run the risk of getting eye infections as well as developing serious eye diseases. Around one-third of people in one survey said they sleep or nap in their contacts, exceeding the daily usage recommendation. Yet keeping contacts in your eyes too long — or while you sleep — puts you at greater risk of developing eye infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Do not reuse contact solution. Always use fresh solution. Do not re-use solution or use expired solution or solution that’s past its recommended use date.

Wear quality sunglasses. Look for glasses that provide 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Take visual breaks to avoid eye strain. If you spend a significant amount of time on a computer, tablet, smartphone or another screen, remember the 20/20-20/20 Rule. This means looking up from your work every 20 minutes to an object 20 feet or more way for at least 20 seconds. Doing this can dramatically reduce the stain on your eyes.

Schedule eye exams for your children. Many serious eye issues can be prevented if they are detected early. If you have children, set a 2020 resolution to have their eyes examined.

Eat healthy and take your vitamins and supplements. Multiple studies show that eating healthy meals and snacks and taking vitamins daily as well as supplements can help decrease your chances of developing an eye condition or disease.

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