It's that time of the year again – the period of reflection and resolutions!
Right now, people around the world are making various commitments for 2021, including dieting, exercising, and learning new skills. These goals are lovely and will lead you to the transformation you are looking for, but what about setting some goals for your eye health?
People tend to overlook eye health when making New Year's resolutions but let this year be different! If you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered.
Keep reading to "see" five important New Year's resolutions for good eye health.
Invest in Good Lighting
Just think about how much you strain your eyes under poor lighting! It's frustrating and painful in the short-term and poses a serious threat to your vision in the long-term.
This new year, invest in good lighting, and by good lighting, we mean medical-grade lamps that reduce harmful blue light exposure, while retaining the beneficial blue light responsible for uplifting our mood! Dr. Lite lamps are doctor-recommended to offer the most balanced spectrum of lighting for high-quality colors and contrast because there is beautiful, beneficial blue left in it.
Cut Back on Screen Time
People spend a lot of time staring at screens. From work laptops and phones to television, adults typically spend around 11 hours a day staring at a screen. During COVID-19, that number has spiked to over 13 hours a day according to eyesafe estimates.
Immediate exposure to blue light technology can cause sore or irritated eyes, difficulty focusing and trouble sleeping while continued exposure could lead to damaged retinal cells which can cause serious sight problems such as age-related macular degeneration.
Just think of screen time like junk food. It is easily accessible and tastes great but can have a serious impact on your health if you consume it too frequently and don't take proper care of your body on a regular basis. Consider limiting your screen time by reading more physical books, avoiding your phone while you eat, and following the 20-20 rule for eye health. When you do indulge in screen time, protect your eyes with blue light blocking accessories.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
Protect your eyes from harmful sun rays by getting a pair of sunglasses and remembering to wear them whenever you're outdoors.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause irreversible damage to eyes the same way they cause damage to our skin. Just as you wear sunscreen to protect your skin when you are out in the sun, it’s equally important that you wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation from harming your eyes.
One of your New Year resolutions should include not being caught without sunglasses, even in the dead of winter. Start by making sunglasses a part of your main wardrobe and not an accessory. Lenses of any color will do just as long as they have UV filters!
Develop a Drinking Habit
Before you get too excited, this isn't an alcohol endorsement; it's a water endorsement.
Water is truly the magic cure for everything – skin, health, weight loss, and eye health! Dehydration messes with the body's natural systems, and when it affects the eye, it causes a condition called dry eyes. Following the 8×8 rule (drinking eight 8 ounce glasses per day) will keep your organs happy and healthy, with eyes being the most important sensory organ in the human body!
Visit Your Optician
When was the last time you visited your optician for an eye check up? Many people only make an appointment when they realize they suddently can't read the subtitles on Netflix. By then, it might be too late for any corrective measures!
With regular check-ups, you run a lesser risk of developing severe eye problems. After all, prevention is the best treatment.
Keep it simple with these easy resolutions and enjoy a healthy new year!