All The Ways We Can Protect Our Eyes For Healthy Vision

The National Eye Institute first introduced the idea of Healthy Vision Month with this thought in mind:

“When it comes to our health, we visit our doctor or nurse regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy, but what about our eyes? They’re not always a priority, but they’re just as important.” 

We often don’t make our eye health a priority until our vision begins to fail us, but that shouldn’t be the case. Our eyes help us see an entire world of colors, vivid landscapes, the expressions on a person’s face when you tell them you love them…Practicing good eye health goes beyond making sure to wear sunglasses outside, although that is important too! To maintain healthy vision we need to understand how our eyes function. 

The Function of Eyes 

As previously discussed there are three parts of your eyes that help you see.

  1. The pupils expand or retract to allow or block light.
  2. The cones allow you to see color and details.
  3. The rods allow you to see black and white plus shades of grey. 

There are several other parts of the eye that all work together like the iris that surrounds the pupils. The iris controls how much light is allowed in expanding or retracting the pupil. The retina is the nerve that tells the brain to see. If any one of these parts is not functioning it can lead to vision problems.

How to Protect Our Eyes

With some of the basic functions of the eye down, here are three ways that you can protect your vision this month: 

  1. Diet and Exercise: This includes eating eye healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, maintaining a healthy weight, and evaluating lifestyle choices. According to the Arizona Retina Specialists there are six foods that can help your eyesight. 
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cold water fish
  • Spinach 
  • Turkey
  • Berries
  1. Quit Smoking: Smoking can damage the eyes and cause premature cataracts and/or macular degeneration. 
  2. Practice good hygiene: We use our hands for almost everything which means a constant transfer of bacteria and dirt. Before touching the eye or any surface around it you’ll want to wash your hands. This will prevent infection.
  3. Clean the objects you use: It’s not just hands that need to be clean but tools we put on our eyes. Always sanitize makeup brushes, clean the insides of your glasses, and never use someone else’s contact lens case. 
  4. The Importance of Sleep: Lack of sleep can affect your vision in a multitude of ways. You can develop pesky eye spasms, eye strain, and even dry eye!
  5. Protective eyewear: You can protect your eyes from the elements with eyewear like sunglasses and safety goggles. You can even protect your eyes with special lens that protect your eyes from the blue light on computer and cell phone screens. These lens are available with any frame in our optical shop. 
  6. Yearly eye exams: We talk about in a lot but the only way you can know what’s going on with the health of your eyes is by coming in for a yearly exam. We have incredible doctors and technicians who want to help you see your best!

To schedule your yearly eye exam call 815-932-2020.