Will You Be Seeing 2020 This Year?
Yes, It’s a play on words! A new decade is upon us. 2020. Resolutions have been made and maybe already broken.
You only have one pair of eyes, so keeping them healthy should be a top priority! Besides getting regular eye exams, feast your eyes on these six cool ways to maintain good vision.
Excess UV radiation from the sun can threaten your vision–even in the winter when it reflects off ice and snow, increasing your risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, solar retinitis,and more. Quality sunglasses that provide effective UV protection are a must; if kids start wearing them as an infant (when they’re most susceptible to damage), they will wear them for a lifetime~~just like our Dr. Mueller’s baby, Adam who started wearing his at 3 months old. Read more: How to Get Your Toddler to Wear Sunglasses
2. Berry Good!
Research shows that WILD blueberries contain more anthocyanins (an eye-healthy antioxidant) than any other commonly consumed berry~~including regular or organic blueberries. One way for kids to eat more wild blueberries all winter long is with Wyman’s Just Fruit & Greek Yogurt Bites.
3. Block the Blue:
Long hours spent staring at a computer or other digital device can cause blurry vision, headaches and dry, tired – feeling eyes. Taking regular breaks, adjusting the contrast on your screen and blinking more often can help. To decrease blue light on your Iphone, go to DISPLAY & BRIGHTNESS in SETTINGS and tap NIGHT SHIFT. This changes the screen to a warmer color which semi filters out the blue lights. You can schedule it to go into effect from sunrise to sunset or whatever time you like. Also discussing with our eye doctors about wearing blue light blocking glasses is a good idea. BOOK AN EYE EXAM
4. Food Smarts
Besides eating right for healthy peepers (omega 3- rich fish and nuts are eye-friendly choices), you need to be careful when cooking with hot oil or grease, which can easily spray upward and injure your eyes. A splatter screen keeps the hot stuff where it belongs — in the pan.
5. Chill your Lids
Evergreen tree allergies, fireplace smoke, dry winter air, or crying over holiday movies can irritate your eyes. Don’t rub! It can break the tender skin on eyelids or even weaken your corneas (which can cause a serious eye disease known as kerataconus). Instead, soothe your lids with a cold compress. The Mediviz Cooling Eye Mask contains massage beads and cooling gel to ease dry eyes, and to wake up sleep-deprived ones!
6, Play it Safe
Being handy around the house is not without risks. If you’re a DIY’er, eliminate the possibility of small particles chemicals, or liquids traveling into your eyes with a good pair of safety glasses. Stop into our office for a pair that is impact resistant and fully adjustable. Most can fit over your own glasses so you can shield your eyes and still see clearly.
Article by: Sheryl Kraft Freelance Health Writer
By forming and practicing important habits with your family, you will be able to preserve their vision in spite of all the risks that we all face now with overuse of digital devices and in everyday life.
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Children and technology are practically inseparable these days. Whether for educational purposes or just fun, children are spending a good portion of their day on “screen time” — staring at the LED screens of computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices.
According to Common Sense Media , children under age 8 now spend more than two hours a day with screen media. For 8- to 10-year-olds, screen time triples to six hours a day. And it’s not unusual for kids in middle school and high school to spend up to nine hours per day looking at digital displays.
If you’re wondering if all this screen time might cause problems for your child’s eyes and vision, the short answer is: “YES. IT DOES.
Read more here: Kids, Teenagers, and Digital Eye Strain