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Celebrate Healthy Vision Month During May

The National Eye Institute, numerous providers and doctors are involved in promoting Healthy Vision Month during May annually. The theme for this year’s celebration is “My Vision of the Future.” Eyes of Winter Park hopes that you will help them celebrate this event throughout May 2019.

Wear Sunglasses

Optometrists in Orlando, like Dr. Francisco José Richardson, recommend that you wear sunglasses on a sunny day to protect your eyesight. Sunglasses protect your eyes against the sun’s UV rays, which is important because these rays can cause cataracts. Wearing sunglasses also protect against the earth’s blue light spectrum that can cause macular degeneration. Since you will not be squinting, your eyes will feel more comfortable.

Eat a Healthy Diet

It turns out, your mother was right when she told you to eat your carrots to help your eyesight. Eating foods high in Omega 3, like fish and nuts, is also a great way to keep your eyes healthy. Consuming foods high in zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene may also help. The best advice according to optometrists in Orlando is to fill half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal and eat fish at least three times a week.

Exercise Regularly

While doctors have still not found a direct link between exercising regularly and your eyesight, exercising regularly helps you avoid many other diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes, that can damage your eyes. There is a correlation between high blood pressure and age-related macular degeneration along with a connection between diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. They warn that the number of people who will be blind by 2050 will double because people are not getting enough exercise. Do not be one of them by getting out and exercising at least three times a week.

Rest Your Eyes

More people than ever before stare at a computer screen all day. Then, they go home and stare at their phone screen all night. This can have a devastating effect on your eyesight regardless of your age. The average person living in Orlando spends more than 7.4 hours staring at a screen each day, which can result in eye strain, dry eyes and other eye problems. If you must look at a screen, then make sure that you are looking at a spot at least 20 feet away every 20 minutes to give your eyes a break.

Get an Eye Exam

If you have not had an eye exam in a while, then National Healthy Vision Month is a great time to schedule one with Eyes of Winter Park. You should get a comprehensive eye exam every two years. If you have certain health conditions, however, you may need one more often.

Give Eyes of Winter Park a call now at (407)672-2020 to schedule your appointment. You will love their friendly staff and their wide selection of optical goods.

Call us today to schedule an exam!