3 Ways to Prioritize Your Eye Health This Fall
September is Healthy Aging Month and we’re sharing three impactful ways you can make your eye health a priority as the seasons change.
Your vision is one of the first senses you may notice changing as you get older, but there are some easy things you can do to benefit your aging eyes.
1. Reduce Screen Time
Shorter days can mean more time spent indoors staring at a phone, television, or computer screen. Since lengthy screen time can contribute to digital eye strain, it’s important to give your eyes a break. Practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and stare at something at least 20 feet away. This trick can help alleviate the strain on your eyes.
2. Wear sunglasses, even on overcast days.
Did you know increased exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can up the risk for cataracts in aging eyes? It’s important to remember to grab a pair of sunglasses when you head outside, even if it’s overcast. Plus, as an added bonus, sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes.
3. Add eye-healthy foods to your grocery list.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “...foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids are linked to lower risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, perhaps even dry eye later in life.” Add some nutrient-rich foods to your grocery list, such as oranges, strawberries, sunflower seeds, avocado, seafood, and leafy green vegetables to help protect your vision and keep you healthy.
Ready to prioritize your eyes?
An eye exam is an easy way to stay on top of your health. If you make it a priority to see your eye doctor each year, they will be able to track your vision changes over time to keep your eyes as healthy as possible as you age. If you haven’t done so already, schedule an appointment with your VSP® network eye doctor. If you don’t yet have one, find a VSP Premier Program location near you.
See Well. Be Well.® If you haven’t already, take advantage of your COSE member benefit and opt-in to VSP vision insurance. Contact your COSE sales representative or broker for more info.
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