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Simple Daily Habits to Maintain Your Eye Health

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May is Healthy Vision Month, a perfect time to embrace habits that bolster eye health, especially as we approach summer. At , small daily actions can make a big difference in maintaining long-term eye health.

Whether you wear contact lenses or enjoy the outdoors during summer, adopting these everyday practices will help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp.

Daily Habits for Healthy Eyes

Maintaining eye health doesn't have to be complex. Incorporating simple steps into your daily routine can improve eye comfort and visual health. Here are essential habits you should adopt:

  • Wear Proper Eye Protection: Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Also, consider wearing a hat with a wide brim for additional shade outdoors, further reducing exposure to UV rays and protecting your eyes from sun damage.
  • Follow Contact Lens Hygiene: If you use contact lenses, it's crucial to clean and store them properly. To prevent infections, avoid wearing contact lenses in the pool or the ocean; consider using daily disposables, which reduce the risk of eye infections due to less handling and no need for storage.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keeping hydrated is essential for maintaining moisture in your eyes. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help reduce the risk of dry eyes and irritation, which can worsen during the hot, dry summer months.
  • Practice Good Screen Habits: With increased screen time becoming more common, remember to follow the 20-20-20 rule to minimize eye strain. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Maintain a Balanced Diet: Your diet is crucial to eye health. Foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, like leafy greens, fish, and nuts, can help protect against macular degeneration and cataract formation.
  • Ensure Adequate Sleep: Getting around 7-8 hours of sleep per night is essential for eye health. Adequate sleep allows your eyes to rest and recover from daily stress, reducing the risk of dry eyes and keeping your eyes refreshed.
  • Manage Chronic Conditions: Diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to eye problems. Diet, exercise, and medication can prevent vision impairment.

The Role of Regular Eye Exams

Regular eye exams are vital for updating prescriptions and catching potential eye health issues before they become serious. Bethesda Vision Care offers comprehensive eye exams that assess visual acuity and overall eye health.

Are you ready to protect your eyes during summer and beyond? Celebrate Healthy Vision Month by starting these practices today and requesting an eye exam at Bethesda Vision Care. Remember, taking care of your eyes is crucial to your overall health.