New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

Tuesday, 24 December 2019
New Years Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

The New Year is just around the corner and many of us are reevaluating the year that’s just been, perhaps reflecting on what we could have done better.

New Year’s resolutions give us the perfect opportunity to press the reset button and look towards a brighter year ahead. Whether it’s making lifestyle choices or being more charitable, there is plenty you can do to make positive change.
Whilst we are bound to adopt many unhealthy habits during Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, small and simple steps can be taken to get back on track. Many people tend to focus on weight loss and getting into shape, however, here at Feel Good Contacts, we thought we’d take the time to introduce you to some New Year’s Resolution ideas for healthy eyes.


1. The Digital Detox

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

The digital detox is a popular New Year’s resolution amongst many and is set to be an even bigger trend in 2020. Cutting down tech time will not only leave you with plenty of time to focus on your other goals, but it will also do wonders for your eyes, reducing dry eyes, tired eyes, computer vision and redness. There are small steps that you can take to reduce screen time including:

• Cutting out the use of screens at the dinner table. Whether you find yourself watching TV or looking at your phone, by eliminating screens at dinner time you’ll prevent the likelihood of getting eye strain and find yourself having wonderful conversations with your friends and family instead.


• Reading a paperback book in bed instead of scrolling through your phone. It’s a known fact that the blue light emitted from smart phones can reduce your melatonin levels and in turn, interrupt your sleep cycle. Therefore, swapping your phone for a book before bed will help you get a good night’s sleep and prevent you from getting tired eyes.

Whilst we recognise that many of us depend on looking at a screen for our jobs, you can improve your eye health and reduce the chances of getting computer vision by following the 20-20-20 rule. This involves taking a break from the screen every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.


2. Eat a healthy diet

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes


Most of us tend to use Christmas as an excuse to gorge on chocolate and other delicious foods. This is fine; however, we recommend having a balanced diet. Including the right foods in your diet will not only keep your eyes healthy but will also help your overall health. Having a diet rich in beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can prevent vision loss from eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We suggest you boost your uptake of vegetables, oily fish and nuts by eating the following:


Vegetables:


• Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and collards
• Oranges and other citrus fruits
• Carrots
• Sweet potatoes

Oily fish:


• salmon
• mackerel
• anchovies
• Tuna
• Sardines
• Trout
• Herring

Nuts


• Almonds
• Walnuts
• Hazelnuts
• Brazil nuts
• Cashews



3. Keep your eyes protected from the sun


Whether it’s summer or winter, we recommend you invest in a pair of top-quality sunglasses to keep your eyes protected from harmful UV rays all year round. At Feel Good Contacts, we have a huge collection of designer sunglasses, all with 100% UV protection.


4. Visit your opticians

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

If you can’t remember the last time you had your eyes checked, you might want to book an eye examination at your opticians. As our eyesight changes very gradually, you could be wearing the wrong prescription sunglasses or contact lenses without realising. Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with your opticians is a great way of staying up to date with your prescription and will also help to identify any problems that may threaten your eye health in the future.


5. Drink plenty of water

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

Dehydration can have a negative impact on your health and well-being and can also affect your eye health. Drinking plenty of water can prevent you from getting dry eyes and is especially important for those who wear contact lenses. Carrying some good quality eye drops with you can also help prevent dry eye. Our comfi Drops are a great choice and are designed to provide long-lasting relief from dry eyes.


6. Self-care

Never underestimate the importance of self-care. Taking time out from your busy schedule to relax will do wonders for your eye health. From getting a good night’s sleep to having a well-deserved pamper session, your eyes will see some great benefits when you make the time for self-care.

If you’re planning a pamper session, you may want to try our Thera-Pearl Eye Mask. This mask is guaranteed to give you a spa-like treatment from the comfort of your own home and can work to treat dry eye, sinus headaches, irritation and puffiness.


7. Take care of your lenses

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

Cleaning and storing your contact lenses will help ensure that you maintain a healthy vision and is very important. So, if you're not in the habit of doing so already, you might want to establish a good hygiene regime in the new year. Failing to clean and store your lenses effectively could result in numerous eye health problems.


8. Cut down on Caffeine

Most of us love to have a cup of coffee or two and whilst drinking coffee carries no health risk, too much of it can be bad for you. Drinking too much caffeine can affect your eye health in numerous ways. Large quantities of coffee can reduce your tear production and lead to dry eyes which if not treated can lead to eye infections, blurred vision and light sensitivity. In addition to this, too much caffeine can also raise your eye pressure.
This new year, why not swap your coffee for green tea? Green tea contains many antioxidants and nutrients and is great for your overall eye health.


9. Quit smoking

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

We all know that smoking is bad for our health. Not only can it cause serious illnesses such as lung cancer and heart disease, but smoking is also seriously bad for your eyesight and can lead to several ocular problems including cataracts, AMD and dry eye. Smoking can even cause vision loss. If you’re a smoker, the new year is a great opportunity to try and cut down, or even better, quit altogether.

As you can now see, there is a lot you can do to improve your eye health but please don’t feel overwhelmed. Remember, small steps can lead to big differences, so why not choose a few to start with and build up from there. For more top tips on looking after your eye health, visit our Eye Care Hub.

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