Bringing in the new year prompts thoughts of glitter, parties and celebrations, but it also brings to mind a new start, chances, opportunities and of course, the controversial New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but to some of us, they can be just the motivation we need to do the things we should have been doing all along. Leading a healthier lifestyle is always well represented in resolutions across the globe, from exercise to eating right, but have you ever taken a moment to consider the health of your peepers?
Here are five ideas to incorporate into your every day, to maintain or even improve your eyesight.
Eat (and Drink) Right
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While eating right is good for every part of you, your eyes need specific kinds of nutrients to function to their full capacity, so eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and other oily fish, as well as vitamin C, abundant in citrus fruits and vitamin E, in avocados and seeds, in addition to Zinc, which can be found in leafy greens such as spinach.
Now for the ever popular idea that carrots can help you see in the dark? Well, they can improve your eyesight, as they contain vitamin A, but only in small quantities. Avoiding excess sugar and artificial sweeteners is also a great tip as they can heighten sensitivity to light, among other negative repercussions.
Overall here, the key is to eat a well-balanced diet, rich in all the nutrients mentioned, and your vision will thank you for it.
Excercise your Eyes
Sit in the same position for hours at a time and you will feel it, and your eyes are no different. Our eyes need breaks from staying focused, especially when staring at the screen of your computer, smartphone or TV.
Try looking away from your screen every twenty minutes at least, and focus on a distant object approximately 20 feet away for about 20 seconds to give your eyes a much-needed break. Eye exercises do exist but are not scientifically proven to have any lasting effects. However, if you’d like to give it a whirl, try holding a pencil at arm’s length, focus on it, then bring it to the tip of your nose, and repeat, then alternate by focusing on an object in the distance. Consult your optician for more in-depth techniques.
Remember to always wear your glasses when you need them, even during these exercises, the Marc Jacobs MARC 226, are a fun pair you’ll never want to take off.
Stop Squinting (Get that Eye Test)
While this resolution may seem a given to most, certain individuals may find themselves procrastinating when it comes to getting their eyes tested. This doesn’t only apply to first-time glasses wearers, but also when you feel you may need to change your prescription. So get up, make that appointment and see the world in crisp clarity in no time. Plus, it’s an excuse to buy a new pair of specs, like these sophisticated JIMMY CHOO JC195, and get a new look for 2018 as well.
Correct Eyewear Care (Make ‘Em Last)
Ever been guilty of just tossing your eyewear into your bag or pocket, without a case or any protection, to be scratched and scuffed beyond repair? We have all been there, you’re in a hurry, you forgot your case or you just can’t be bothered as it is one of those days.
Try keeping an Optical accessories Clean & Care Kit on your person at all times, as dirty and scuffed lenses can actually be detrimental to your eyesight, and this way you can invest in the specs you’ve always wanted, knowing they will last you for years!
Wear Those Sunnies (All Year Round)
The sun is one of the main causes of damage to eyesight, and just because the sun is hiding behind the clouds, doesn’t mean its rays aren’t making their way through. Think of your sunnies as sunscreen for your eyes and don them religiously! These Tom Ford FT0632s will make it easy, as you will actually want to wear them.
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