New Year’s resolutions often revolve around health and wellness, but did you know that many lifestyle changes impact more than your waistband or the number on your scale? They can also affect your eye health.  This year, resolve to take care of your eye health and preserve your good vision by implementing a few healthy ideas.

Ditch Bad Habits

It’s well-known that smoking and lack of exercise can lead to heart disease and cancer. However, studies show that smoking and poor diet also increase the risk of several eye diseases that can impact your quality of vison.  These include conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and even dry eye. Take steps to quit tobacco use and implement a healthy lifestyle for better overall health and eyesight.

Drink Plenty of Water

Along with diet and exercise, don’t forget to stay well-hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.  Maintaining good hydration promotes tear production and keeps your eyes from becoming dry.

Take Regular Breaks

Long hours at the computer or other electronic devices can put significant strain on your eyes. Pause every 20 minutes or so to blink and re-distribute your tear film.  The breaks don’t need to be long– even as few as 30 seconds can benefit your eyes. For more on electronic devices and the health of your eye, check out our recent post on how to protect your eyes from blue light.

Protect Your Eyes

The sun may be hiding behind gloomy winter clouds, but it’s still important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Stash an extra set of sunglasses in your car, and consider wearing a hat while participating in outdoor activities.

In addition, don’t forget sun protection for the smallest members of your family. Help your children take care of their eyes by building the healthy habit of putting on sunglasses before going outside to play.

See your EyeMD

Eye exams are important for maintaining the overall health of your eyes.  Screening for conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts can lead to early detection and intervention.  At Broberg Eye Care, we are committed to promoting the health of your eyes and to maintaining good vision.  Schedule an appointment with us today!