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Four New Year’s Resolutions to Better Your Eye Health

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The new year is almost here, and with it will come a list of soon-to-be unfulfilled resolutions. However, there are a few resolutions you should consider adding that are not only easy to keep but also great for your eye health!

Here are four resolutions you won’t mind keeping in 2019, especially when you discover how much they can benefit your eyes.

1. Wear sunglasses year-round.

Wearing sunglasses isn’t just something you should do during the warmer months. It’s important that you protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays throughout every season. While the Central Valley rarely sees any snow, our neighbors up in the mountains do. When visiting snowy areas, sunglasses (and sunscreen) are extra important! The sun isn’t any stronger up in the mountains, but its light is reflected in the snow, making it just as, or even more, harsh on your eyes and skin.

While everyone knows about the effects sun damage can have on your skin, not many know that it can take its toll on your eyes, too. In fact, sun damage can lead to macular degeneration, corneal sunburn, and conjunctival cancers. Wearing sunglasses that protect from the sun’s damaging rays will help keep your eyes healthy.

2. Eat healthier.

This resolution is often one of those we tend not to stick with for very long; however, it sounds more difficult than it truly is. Simply strive for a more balanced diet. In other words, make sure you’re adding more fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals. Fish is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect your vision and assist in tear production.

3. Rest your eyes regularly.

Most of us spend the majority of our days in front of a screen, whether that be on our smartphones, tablets, or laptops. However, excessive time spent using digital devices can lead to some serious vision problems. One of the more common results of too much screen time is chronic dry eye syndrome.

4. Schedule your yearly eye exam with EYE-Q!

Make sure to schedule your annual comprehensive eye exam at EYE-Q Vision Care. Not only will you be able to receive an updated eye prescription, but your optometrist will be able to catch potential eye conditions you might not have noticed. Call our office today to schedule an appointment at (559) 486-2000.