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New Year’s resolutions for better eye health

21144525_MNow that 2021 is in full swing, you’ve likely already set a few goals 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:

Schedule regular eye exams for your children — and you. Many serious eye issues can be prevented or treated successfully if they are detected early.

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 harming your eyes, 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 quality 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 away for at least 20 seconds. Doing this can dramatically reduce the strain on your eyes.

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

Questions about your eye health? We’re here to help. Give us a call at (801) 476-0494.