May is National Healthy Vision Awareness Month!

Vision loss affects millions of people each year.

While it is true that aging is a factor with certain eye diseases and conditions, people of all ages can be affected. Knowing what things you can do to prevent vision loss is crucial for maintaining healthy eyes. Don’t be caught in the dark! Here are our 5 tips for Healthy Vision.

Eat the Rainbow

As with heart health, a healthy, balanced diet is incredibly important for your eye health. Your vascular system is all connected. We wrote a blog of the top 5 foods for maintaining healthy sight last month here: 5 Fab Foods

Cover Up

In the Unites States, nearly 2,000 people EACH DAY have a work-related eye injury! Wearing proper eye protection like safety glasses is important whether you are on the job, or tinkering in the garage. The same goes for sports-related eye injuries. On average, Emergency Rooms around the US see an eye injury from playing a sport every 13 minutes. Goggles and face shields can help prevent these common injuries.

Sunglasses are Cool

Not all shades are created equal. In order to properly protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, you need a pair of sunglasses that block out 99% of UVA and UVB radiation. There is a reason the Sunglass industry is projected to reach $140 billion by 2020. ( Source: Forbes) There are countless attractive options, so you not only look cool, you are being proactive to maintain healthy vision.

Get Physical

There are many reasons to stay active, and your eyes are no exception. Since your eyes and heart are connected, getting your heart rate going is great for your vascular system. If you are not physically able to go for a jog, check with your doctor about other exercises that work for you.

20-20-20 Rule

To give your eyes a much-needed rest from eye-strain caused by computers, tablets and cell-phones, implement this easy rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This will alleviate eye-strain and help your eyes feel better at the end of the day.

Please contact Oregon Eye Consultants to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today at 541-687-1927 or here: Scheduling

Source: National Eye Institute