Maintaining Your Eye Health

When people talk about what it means to get healthy, you'll typically mention getting plenty of physical exercise or improving your daily diet by incorporating new fruits and vegetables. While there's nothing wrong with getting healthy by these definitions, what you don't hear discussed very often is how to make your eyes healthier than they already are.

Keeping your eyes healthy is not something you should take for granted; after all, it's how you see your children smiling at you as you greet them in the morning, how you view the beautiful fall colors by looking out your front window. So why wouldn't you want to protect your precious vision?!

Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do in your daily life to ensure that your eyes remain healthy for many years to come. Here are a few quick ways to maintain your exceptional eye health:

Schedule an Eye Exam

The National Eye Institute recommends that getting a dilated eye exam is a simple and painless procedure; it's also the most important thing you can do to maintain your eye health. Even if you assume that your eyes are in great shape, you know what happens when you assume. After all, many eye diseases don't have symptoms or warning signs, so a dilated eye exam is the best way to catch many eye diseases early.

Watch Your Diet

Eating healthy foods doesn't just mean good things for your waistline-eating nutritious foods also means you will have exceptional eyesight! WebMD suggests filling your plate with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C and E to avoid macular degeneration and cataracts from developing. The next time you are at the grocery store, stock up on leafy green vegetables, salmon, eggs, nuts, and beans. Sounds good to us!

Always Protect Your Eyes

It doesn't hurt to be reminded of common-sense advice, like always wearing sunglasses to maintain your eye health and protect your vision. According to MedlinePlus, wearing sunglasses can block out 99% to 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. That's a lot of protection from sun exposure! It's also a good idea to wear eye protection if you work in a physical job, such as factory work or construction, doing home improvement projects, or even playing certain sports.

When it comes to making sure your eyes are as healthy as possible for as long as possible, trust your friends at Carson Optical. Because Carson Optical is family-owned and -operated (and has been since 1972), we make it our mission to build strong, personal relationships with each of our valued customers. For more information on our vast array of services, visit our website and contact us to set up your appointment!

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