August is National Eye Exam Month and is the perfect time for you to go to your local optometrist to get your eyes checked out.
We tend to overlook the care for our eyes and often ignore the care that they need on a daily basis.
Here are a few tips that will help you take care of those:
- Eat foods that are high in Vitamin A. When a person is deprived of Vitamin A, the outer part of the eye's photoreceptors don't do what they are supposed to do, and the typical chemical processes in vision stop. That doesn't really mean to eat bag after bag of carrots. Too much Vitamin A, and skin appears yellowish. So, with most things nutrition...balance is wise.
- Wear goggles when doing any sort of yardwork at home. Just like you wear noise canceling headphones on the lawnmower, your eyes require protection when you're working outside.
- Wear sunglasses when you are going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The UV rays can cause serious damage to your eyes. So, just wear them.
- Eyestrain: Give your eyes a rest. Close your eyes and don't give them anything to look at for periods at a time. Doing so will help you prevent headaches or fatigue. I know that too much time looking at a screen, without appropriate breaks, is the quick way for me to get a late-afternoon headache.
- Most important, get a regular checkup at least every four years. Regular checkups will ensure that your eyes are getting the attention they need.