Taking Care of your Eyes
5 Lesser-Known Eye Care Tips
There’s more to eye care than what meets the eyes…
Eyes are one of the most important parts of our bodies, but also one of the most susceptible to damage. This winter, follow these five tips to help keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
1. Throw out that mascara!
Seriously, throw it out. Keeping your mascara for more than two months can build up bacteria that you don’t want to hear about. Use a permanent marker to write the date you open it on the tube, so you won’t use it past its shelf life.
2. Get yourself a quality pair of UVA/UVB-approved sunglasses.
Even when there’s snow on the ground, UV rays do not disappear because it’s cloudy. Shades don’t only look great on you, they also protect your eyes more than you know. Make sure to search for the UVA/UVB label for the correct lenses.
3. Eat your veggies!
We know, we know, oldest saying in the book. While winter might not feel as much a salad season as summer, many eye-healthy foods are still abundant. Foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, and supplements such as flaxseed oil and lutein can reduce your risk of dry eyes, macular degeneration, cataracts, and so much more.
4. Wash your hands when handling contacts.
Good hygiene may seem so obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget. Contact lens solution will help kill bacteria on your lenses but that doesn’t mean germs can’t hitch a ride from your fingers. And, maybe keep a spare set of eyeglasses around in case there’s nowhere to wash.
5. Stop relying on eye drops.
It can be tough for many people to avoid dry eyes in the winter. But if you rely on eye drops to alleviate red eyes or eye discomfort, there’s something you should know: Every “red eye” has a cause for the redness. Simple ways to offset it include drinking lots of water, eating more whole grains and less sugar, and not rubbing your eyes. If your eyes are persistently red, it may be that time to schedule an eye exam. Find out why its occurring and, better yet, how to treat it!
This list is just a few eye health tips out of many! Follow our Facebook page for updates to constantly learn more ways to keep your eyes safe for years to come. For overall eye health, schedule your comprehensive eye exam* today.
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