By Johnson City Eye Clinic
A new year is approaching and many people use this time to set new goals and refocus priorities. Often at the top of the list is taking better care of ourselves and adopting a healthier lifestyle. As your eye care physicians, we couldn’t hope for better resolutions than a year of good health. Try adding the following to your New Year’s resolutions for 2017:
• Have an eye health and vision exam every year to ensure your eyes are healthy and you are seeing your best. Many eye diseases can begin without noticeable symptoms, such as glaucoma. However, if caught and diagnosed early, many of these eye diseases can be successfully treated. Scheduling your routine eye exam can also help to detect potential cataracts. In most cases, cataracts will continue to worsen over time, continuously causing a reduction in your vision. If left untreated for long periods, cataracts can cause total blindness. If you notice your vision is getting worse prior to your next regularly scheduled appointment, don’t wait – see your eye doctor and have you vision checked.
• Do proceed with the surgery your doctor recommends. Many people procrastinate and avoid having a procedure because of the “down time” only to wish they had been enjoying the benefits of improvement for a much longer period of time.
• Eat a diet rich in antioxidants such as green leafy vegetables. Numerous studies have shown that these nutrient rich foods can prevent and reduce the effects of retinal diseases. In addition to antioxidant rich foods, eye supplements have also been shown to be beneficial in maintaining eye health and good vision. However, speak with your doctor before beginning any type of nutritional supplement.
• Wear safety googles when playing sports and working around the house. According to the National Eye Institute, most eye injuries occur while playing sports – particularly in children ages 11-14, with nearly 35,000 incidents being reported per year.
• Perfect and protect your investment in those procedures not covered by insurance. For instance, if you elect to have cosmetic surgery, be sure to enter into a routine which may include products that will help to maintain and improve your results. Time and the elements will continue to affect the very issues you have invested in having surgically improved.
• Resolve to take better care of your skin, your body’s largest and fastest growing organ. Skin is your body’s coat, protecting you from the elements. Wear at least a 35-50 SPF every day, rain or shine. Invest in a facial skincare routine customized for your individual skin type and use it faithfully.
• Incorporate at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise into your daily routine. Remember Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion: “a body in motion, stays in motion”. Besides strengthening your heart and lungs, aerobic exercise can help to lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, improve your immune function, and lower your blood pressure. It is also widely accepted that aerobic exercise improves the symptoms of depression.
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