It should come as no surprise that Americans today are living much longer than past generations. We’re also aging differently than our parents and grandparents. Baby boomers are entering their retirement years, but they aren’t about to slow down. Instead, they are looking for breath-taking experiences; and with this adventurous mindset comes the need to travel – specifically the need to travel by car. No matter the distance, getting behind the wheel of a car should be taken seriously and approached with safety in mind.
To keep yourself safe consider these proactive tips to keep your vision in tip-top shape.
Wear protective eyewear.
According to the National Eye Institute, more than 100,000 eye injuries are estimated to be sports-related, and 90 percent of sports-related injuries are eye related. Every day safety eyewear glasses, goggles, safety shields, eye guards can help prevent these injuries from occurring. If you’re playing sports outside, make sure to wear either sunglasses (preferably ones with strong UV protection like our E-SPF50+!) or goggles.
Take off all that makeup.
Makeup is great when needed, but old eye makeup can lead to bacterial infections, toxic heavy metals, dry eyes, allergic reactions and loss of eyelashes. So, if you’ve been applying some eye shadow, liner, primer and mascara, make sure you properly take it off! And, if you’re out of makeup remover, consider using avocado.
A new study shows that coffee can be good for your eyes, as its strong antioxidant chlorogenic acid can prevent retinal degeneration. For food, think leafy greens, dark berries, eggs and cold-water fish like salmon, which have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. And, while we’re on the topic of health, quitting smoking is also a good idea as cigarettes can lead to cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.
Regular eye exams.
Annual comprehensive eye exams can spot early signs of diseases. Keep in mind the difference between a vision screening (includes a brief vision test for acuity) and a comprehensive eye exam (which tests all aspects of your vision).
Take a break and look away from the computer.
Digital eye strain affects up to 75 percent of computer workers. In our plugged-in lives, we’re susceptible to “computer vision syndrome,” which can include ocular discomfort, muscular strain and stress. To help relieve the tension, eye doctors suggest taking a break, blinking frequently, wearing computer glasses and checking your computer’s position (20 to 28 inches away from the eye is best). Make sure to think about setting your monitor near minimum overhead light. Also try magnifying the text on your screen to make reading easier.
So, in short, protect your eyes like you would protect your skin and the rest of the organs in your body. Stay safe, use eyewear protection and keep rocking on!
Complete Vision Care, Inc