Did you know that most vision problems are preventable? It’s true, and Today’s Vision has some great tips to help you keep your eyes healthy and safe. Check them out — and set yourself up for a lifetime of seeing well.
1. Get an eye exam
More than 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam. Why? If your eyes feel healthy, it’s easy to assume they are healthy. But getting an eye exam is the only way to be sure.
When it comes to your vision, you may not realize you could see better with glasses or contacts. And many serious eye diseases don’t have any warning signs — so you could have an eye problem and not know it. Getting an eye exam is the best way to stay on top of your eye health! Learn more about eye exams.
2. Know your family’s eye health history
We get our eye color from our parents, but did you know that many eye diseases can run in families, too? Talking to your family members about their eye health can help you find out if you’re at higher risk for eye disease. If you learn that eye diseases run in your family, talk with your eye doctor.
3. Protect your eyes — at work and play
About 2,000 people in the United States get a serious work-related eye injury every day. And get this: people with sports-related eye injuries end up in the ER every 13 minutes!
The good news is you can help protect your eyes from injury by wearing protective eyewear, like safety glasses, goggles, and safety shields. To make sure you have the right kind of protective eyewear and you’re using it correctly, talk with your eye doctor.
4. Give your eyes a rest
Do your eyes every feel achy at the end of the day? If you spend a lot of time at the computer (or focusing on another specific thing), you may sometimes forget to blink — and that can tire out your eyes.
Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your work and focus about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This reduces eyestrain and helps your eyes feel better at the end of the day.
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