‘I will schedule an eye checkup this year’ is similar to ‘I will lose weight this year.’—like all New Year’s resolutions you made these past years, getting an eye exam is a promise made to be broken by none other than yourself. Yet, it is high time you do something about your eye health. As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure.”
You don’t have any idea how to create a New Year’s resolution for your eye health? Refer to our list below:
I will exercise more frequently
Yup, it is like hitting two birds with one stone. You can achieve the slim and toned body you’re wishing for, and at the same time, your eye health is at tip-top shape. According to Cleveland Clinic, research from the last 10 years shows exercise is associated with decreased risks for certain eye conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
I will take care of my eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
Admit it. Even though you’re always wearing it, you unintentionally take it for granted. Give your eyeglasses (or contact lenses) the ‘tender loving care’ it deserves. Clean it regularly and keep it inside a case when not in use. Make this a habit to prolong its shelf life. Or you need to undergo a bout of eye checkup again to measure your peepers and get a prescription.
I will follow the 20-20-20 rule
Most of us are glued to electronic screens such as tablets, laptops and smartphones. This unhealthy lifestyle gave birth to digital or computer eye strain. Give your eyes a rest by doing the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break while staring at something 20 feet away. It only takes 20 seconds, so it won’t hurt giving it a try.
I will eat fruits and vegetables
Staying in shape by exercising is not enough. Watch out for your diet, too. All About Vision suggests eating fish, fish oil supplements, green leafy vegetables, eggs, whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, whole oats, citrus fruits, berries, nuts, colorful fruits and veggies, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, flaxseed oil and black currant seed oil supplements, sunflower seeds, and lean beef.
I will drink lots of water
Well, at least eight glasses of water a day is enough; roughly the equivalent of two liters. But other studies revealed this is not mandatory. Michael Farrel, a lead researcher at Monash University in Australia, says in his interview in Science Alert, “Just drink according to thirst rather than an elaborate schedule.” By doing this, you’re not only keeping your body hydrated, it can also help dry eyes.
I will wear sunglasses when outside
Add “and only during summer season.” Unless, you’re making a fashion statement, we won’t judge—okay, maybe just a bit—but sunglasses, as we all know, is supposed to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. As discussed in All About Vision, extended exposure of the eyes to UV rays can cause “cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis.”
Last but not the least…
I will schedule an eye checkup regularly
Regularly means every two years. See? It is not that difficult to do. In case you didn’t have an eye exam yet for the past years, make sure you schedule it right away or make an eye check up appointment this year.
However, do you really need to wait till next year to do these simple and attainable resolutions such as having an eye checkup if you can do it right now?