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. Here at Feel Good Contacts, we thought we’d introduce you to some New Year’s Resolution ideas for healthy eyes.
The Digital Detox
The digital detox will be an even bigger trend in 2021. As the coronavirus pandemic has caused most of us to increase our screen time. 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. You can reduce screen time by:
Cutting out the use of screens at the dinner table
Whether you find yourself watching TV or looking at your phone, eliminating screens at dinner time will prevent eye strain. You can always catch up with social media afterwards. You’re also more likely to have wonderful conversations with your friends and family instead.
Reading a book in bed
It’s a known fact that the blue light emitted from smartphones 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.
Taking regular breaks from your screen
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 syndrome 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.
Eat a healthy diet
Most of us tend to eat chocolate and other delicious foods more at Christmas. This is fine; however, we recommend including more fruits and vegetables to keep your eyes healthy and aid overall health. 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:
- Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and collards
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
- Sweet potatoes
- Brazil nuts
Protect your eyes from the sun
Whether it’s summer or winter, we recommend you invest in a pair of high-quality sunglasses to keep your eyes protected from harmful UV rays all year round. Even on cloudy days, UV light can damage your eyes. At Feel Good Contacts, we have a huge collection of designer sunglasses, all with 100% UV protection.
Visit your opticians
If you can’t remember the last time you had your eyes checked, you might want to book an eye examination. As our eyesight changes very gradually, you could be wearing the wrong prescription glasses or contact lenses without realising. Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with your optician will help to identify any vision problems that may threaten your eye health in the future.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can harm 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 Soothe Drops provides long-lasting relief from dry eyes.
Never underestimate the importance of self-care. Taking time to reduce stress 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 will give you a spa-like treatment from the comfort of your own home and can help treat dry eye, sinus headaches, irritation and puffiness.
Take care of your lenses
Cleaning and storing your contact lenses will help you maintain healthy vision. Failing to clean and store your lenses effectively could result in numerous eye conditions.
Cut down on Caffeine
Most of us a cup of coffee or two, especially to help get us going in the morning. Whilst drinking coffee carries no serious health risk, large quantities 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 a decaffeinated version, or swap it out for some herbal tea?
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. Smoking can lead to several vision 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 in the new year, but please don’t feel overwhelmed. Remember, small steps can lead to significant 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.