As we round out the holiday season with a festive time of celebration to welcome the new year, you might find yourself starting to plan your new year’s resolutions. Resolutions have been a popular New Year's tradition for a long time, with participants making vows ahead of the upcoming year to better their lives in some way, be it big or small.
With 2020 fast approaching, don’t forget to give your eyes some consideration as you make up your New Year’s Resolutions.
If you need some help finding good resolutions for 2020 that involve your eyes, here are 4 examples of practical New Year’s Resolutions for healthy eyes:
It cannot be understated how important your choice in food is when it comes to long-term eye health. The right foods can bolster your eyesight, and let you see clearer for longer periods of time.
A lot of popular New Year’s Resolutions often involve dieting for one reason or another, and a healthy, balanced diet can help you see improvement in many areas of your life, including your eyesight.
Here are a list of foods that have been proven to help your eyesight:
- Leafy greens (Kale, Spinach)
- Citrus fruits (Lemon, Orange)
- Sunflower seeds
- Fish (especially salmon)
- Sweet potatoes
To make this resolution attainable, try adding only a few of these to your regular diet to get started, and then gradually add more to increase your selection of these delicious foods.
Be Mindful of Eye Strain
Another attainable goal to set in 2020 is to monitor how much screen time you are getting on a daily basis. It’s no secret that staring at a screen for long periods of time can make your eyes tired and overworked. Straining your eyes when they are fatigued can cause unwanted side effects like headaches, blurry or double vision, and neck aches.
To combat this, try to monitor how much screen time you are taking each day with the intent of reducing it to save your eyes.
Additionally, try doing some eye exercises periodically to rejuvenate your eyes if you work on a computer all day.
Schedule a Regular Checkup
Regular eye exams should be a prominent part of your regular eye care. If you have not already scheduled your eye exams for this year, you should definitely make it a part of your New Year’s Resolution.
Eye exams are important for assessing your current eye health, as well as detecting potentially harmful eye conditions that would not be detected otherwise.
Scheduling regular eye exams is as easy as making a call to your eye doctor’s office, and showing up to the appointment! This is by far the most attainable goal on this list, and it can have the biggest impact on your vision!
Update Your Prescription
If you wear contacts and/or glasses, updating your prescription might feel like quite the daunting task. Making an updated prescription part of your New Year’s Resolution can help you get the motivation to get to your doctor’s office and work towards a clearer prescription.
Daily life with an outdated prescription is not only annoying, it can be dangerous. If you are having trouble seeing through your glasses, or are experiencing frequent headaches and blurry vision, make 2020 the year that you talk to your doctor about getting an updated prescription.