It’s easy to talk about what our personal visions and goals are for the New Year, but what about our actual physical vision and eye health? This year is certainly seeing a trend towards more health conscious living. If you want to make the most of your overall health in 2016, start by boosting your eye health, by following these simple tips from leading eye specialist in Kitchener:
- If you’re getting out and about in the sun this year, remember to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays. Book yourself an eye exam so that you can get a pair of prescription sunglasses. Your prescription sunglasses will protect the eye and delicate surrounding skin. They can also be far more convenient than wearing contact lenses, especially if you are swimming or playing sport.
- Try not to overuse the air conditioner. Yes, air conditioners are lovely things, especially when it’s hot, but they can also dry out your eyes and cause irritation. If you are experiencing this, it could very well be the air conditioner. If you are suffering from dry eyes and don’t know the cause, book an eye exam with your optometrist to determine the underlying cause. If you do have dry eyes and want to use eye drops, make sure they come from your optometrist as over the counter drops might not be able to treat your specific condition.
- Remove all eye-makeup before sleeping. Mascara, eyeliner and any lotions you might use can get into your eye at night and cause irritation and scratching.
- Give your eyes a break. If you work with bright screens all day and return home to watch television or read on your device all night, chances are your eyes will be tired and strained. It is advised that you take some time to rest your eyes at least every 30 minutes to an hour. Take a short walk or make a cup of tea – just get away from the computer screen for a few seconds/minutes at a time.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet as this will promote overall general health, including that of your eyes. Foods said to boost eye health include spinach, broccoli, fish (salmon and tuna), avocados, certain teas and even fruits such as blueberries and strawberries.
The best tip for better eye health in 2016 is to book an eye exam with your optometrist in Kitchener. A simple test can help to uncover any problems you might already be experiencing or catch potential eye diseases and disorders in advance.
Get your eyes tested at KW Vision Centre and start the New Year off with good eye health
The KW Vision Centre team in Kitchener offer walk in eye exams for those who want to boost their eye health and lead a healthier lifestyle this year. Spending some time with your eye specialist can help you to better protect your vision now and in the future.
For more information and advice on booking an eye exam, contact us at KW Vision Centre today.