How to help improve your eye health with these simple steps!

In recent years, especially after 2020, many people are placing so much emphasis on having a positive and healthy lifestyle. We try to eat healthily, do regular workouts, visit our dentist, brush our teeth, keep surfaces clean, and socially distancing. Yet, we have somehow neglected our eyesight health.

This article will provide you with 3 simple tips to improve your vision health.



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Protect Your Eyes: Use the Proper Eyewear

Summer is around the corner, many are going outside for walks, runs, and do workouts. Since gyms are closed or have stronger regulations, many feel safer working out outside.  Also with warmer weather, many are going outside and enjoy the summer sports: boating, cycling, basketball, etc. If you decide to go outside, remember to protect your eyes with the right sunglasses.

UV rays are dangerous to your eyes like they are to your skin. They accumulate over a lifetime, accelerating eye aging and the development of cataracts. Harmful Blue-Violet light is one of the factors recently identified which can cause damage to retinal cells. So when you are heading outside, pick the right sunglasses: choose the right shape, color, and technology. Many brands such as Oakley design their sunglasses with a specific purpose in mind. If you don’t know which sunglasses best suit you; our experts at Skylight Optical Richmond and Robson Stores can help you out.


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Support Your Eyes: Visit the Eye Doctor and Wear the Proper Eyeglasses

Visit the optometrist regularly; we suggest the following frequency.

  • Once a year: If you are below 40 years of age.
  • Twice to four times a year: If you are between 40-64 years of age.
  • Once a year or according to your doctor’s recommendation: If you are 65 and older.

The frequency might be affected by genetics and past injuries.

If you need corrective lenses then we suggest you use these lenses. This can enhance your visual comfort and acuity, which in turn will mean you aren’t straining your eyes or over-working them. Wearing the right lenses is important to suit your individual needs. Good vision extends to every aspect of your life, whether you’re reading, driving, or playing sport; everything is affected if you can’t see clearly!

Remember that there new lens technologies and innovations that will improve your lifestyle. For instance, Essilor is offering Crizal Prevencia and/or Transitions for outdoor people who need corrective eyewear.

You can also reduce your risks of eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule. If you regularly work on a computer, take a break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.


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Proper Nutrition Can Help

A healthy lifestyle help prevents eyesight deterioration. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale. Your eyes also benefit from omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, seaweed, and certain seeds.

By quitting, or never starting smoking, you can lower your risks of developing eye conditions and support your eye health.