With the New Year comes a fresh start. We all make New Year’s Resolutions every year; some of which we keep and others fall by the wayside. For 2019, make eye health part of those resolutions that stick with you throughout the new year. We have provided you with 5 resolutions to help you take the best care of your eyes in 2019!
1. Sunglasses Everyday
UV rays can be detrimental to your eye health and reflect off all types of surfaces such as snow, pavement, water and metal. Prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays is related to an increased risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. So, whether it is sunny, raining, snowing, or cloudy be sure to wear sunglasses 365 days a year to protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays. Find yourself a great pair of sunglasses by visiting one of our optical shops located in any of our 5 locations!
2. Contact Lens Care
For those of us who wear contact lenses, we know the convenience this form of corrective eyewear provides. Sometimes we find ourselves in a rush and neglect things like cleaning our lenses or removing them before sleeping. It is important to follow your eye doctor’s instructions for wearing and caring for contact lenses. By doing so, you will prevent infections, corneal ulcers, abrasions, and potential vision loss.
3. Injury Protection
The American Academy of Ophthalmology cites that each year more than 40 percent of eye injuries occur from sports and recreation. Of these injuries 90 percent are able to be prevented with the proper eyewear. Whether it be from athletic activities, jobs required by your place of employment, or partaking in yard work, utilizing protective eyewear is exceptionally important.
4. 20/20/20 Rule
Not many people can say that they do not spend a decent amount of time on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, or watching television. With technology being at the forefront of today’s world, it is important to implement the 20/20/20 rule when it comes to looking at electronic devices for prolonged periods of time. This is a strategy used to give your eyes a rest from the strain caused by technological devices. For 20 seconds look at something 20 feet away; repeat this activity every 20 minutes to help relax your eyes. This will help prevent the harm caused by Blue Light and Computer Eye Syndrome, which is characterized by tired eyes, blurry vision, difficulty focusing, headaches, dry eyes, and more.
5. Schedule an Exam Today
An annual eye exam is exceptionally important to good eye health. Be sure to make an appointment to have a specialist look at your eyes this year. Visit our website or call (856) 691- 8188 to schedule your appointment today. Eye Associates and the SurgiCenter of Vineland provide many services beyond primary care and routine medical eye exams. These services include Dropless IV Free Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Near Vision Restoration, and many other specialty services. Call us today so we can help make eyecare an important part of your 2019!