2020 has proven to be an uncertain year thus far, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have 20/20 vision about your future. In May, we celebrate Healthy Vision Month, so we’re looking for ways that you can look toward a bright future full of health.
Focus on You. Health looks different on everyone, but when you feel good, your overall quality of life is better. What does it look like when you are at your best? If you don’t feel like you are taking care of yourself as well as you could, maybe it’s time to set small, attainable goals that can point you in the right direction. A balanced diet and ample exercise are a great place to start. By keeping yourself healthy, you lower your risk of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, which can affect the health of your eyes.
Reinvent Yourself. Sometimes, you just need a change! A new pair of glasses is one small way you can “reinvent” yourself. What do you want your glasses to say about you? A new pair of frames can freshen up your look and show a bit of your personality. You could even invest in multiple pairs for a wider range of ways to express yourself!
Look to the Past. As well as being endlessly interesting, knowing about your family heritage can be beneficial for your health. Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, run in the family. Do you know if any of your relatives have a history of eye problems? Maybe now is the time to ask around. You’ll learn about your family, as well as be able to tell your eye doctor a more thorough medical history. This can help them better preserve your vision and the health of your eyes.
Protect Your Eyes. Everyday activities can slowly diminish your eyesight. Whenever your eyes are exposed to the sun, it’s best to wear sunglasses to block out harmful rays. Even indoors, the blue light from our devices can cause eye dryness and fatigue. You can filter this light out with blue-light glasses or turn your screen to “night shift” mode to lessen the harshness of the light. And remember, take frequent breaks when looking at screens to give your eyes a rest.
Rethink How You Read. Many great leaders are avid readers. As you age, reading can become more difficult, and you may need reading glasses. Talk to your eye doctor about which reading glasses are right for your eyes. Another way you can consume books without eye strain is by listening to audiobooks. There are countless titles available on apps that you can listen to right from your phone.
Go to the Eye Doctor. Of course, a well-rounded eye care routine includes getting your eyes checked regularly. The recommended frequency of visits varies depending on your age and the current health of your eyes. Contact your eye doctor’s office to discuss with them the best time to schedule your next appointment.
Happy Healthy Vision Month!