Vision Awareness Month: My Complete Vision Care Routine
I’ve always thought that a good vision care routine is important. After all, who wouldn’t want to prevent vision loss? That said, it isn’t until more recently that I’ve really started taking it seriously. Words like age related macular degeneration don’t seem nearly as threatening at 21 years old as they do when you hit the 50+ marker.
If I could talk to my younger self, I’d definitely recommend taking a few things more seriously, including a proper vision care routine and moisturizing my neck! Still, it’s not as though I’ve run out of time. I may not have done as much as I should have when I was younger, but I’m certainly making smart moves now.
The Importance of a Great Vision Care Routine
A good vision care routine shouldn’t be complicated. How much can you do to keep your eyes healthy? It’s not the same as having to trim your nails or get your hair cut. It’s not even a matter of exercising, like we do for weight management and heart health. If you have healthy eyes and you’re finding that you’re taking a lot of time out of your day to take care of them, you’re likely doing too much.
Still, there are many little things that can make a big difference. They can help with issues such as overall vision loss, age related macular degeneration, and even conditions like cataracts. The right efforts between optometrist (eye doctor) visits can mean that you’ll preserve the sight you have and prevent bigger problems from happening in the future.
The Steps to My Healthy Vision Care Routine
Here are the steps I take to keep my eyes healthy from one day to the next.
Wear Good UV Protectant Sunglasses Year-Round
Sunglasses look great and help to make it easier to see in the bright light, but they’re also an investment in your vision. Wear quality polarized lenses that provide full UV protection. In my case, that means quality prescription glasses. Even if you’re buying non-prescription sunglasses, splurge and get the quality lenses that will protect you.
Wear Safety Goggles
They don’t look great, but if it can stop you from getting a sliver of wood or a shard of glass or metal in your eye, they’re worth it. Wear them for appropriate activities like certain yard work, sports, home repairs and others.
Give Your Eyes the Nutrition They Need
Eating right is a start. Rabbits don’t wear glasses, after all, so snack away on those carrots. That said, two of the most important nutrients in your vision – lutein and zeaxanthin – are nearly impossible to eat in high enough quantities every day. Instead, take a great eye health supplement such as VISIPRO 20-20 as a part of your vision care routine. This will help to make sure you’re topping up the nutrition your eyes need the most.
Keep Tears in and Everything Else Out
If you have dry eyes, talk to your eye doctor about the right drops for you. Hydrating drops are not the same as anti-redness drops, which should be avoided. They work by reducing the blood vessels in your eye (to make them look less red) and therefore decreasing the blood flow to your eye. This eventually leads to more redness and other potential issues. While you’re avoiding those drops, don’t put anything else in your eyes, either. Don’t rub them, stick your fingers into them or otherwise touch them. This increases your risk of irritation, breaking a blood vessel, scratching your cornea and introducing bacteria and other germs to your eye.