This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review.
Both of my parents have glasses, and for many years, I was jealous. I’ve always thought glasses were the coolest accessory, and honestly, I still feel that way. But despite the fact that I still get a twinge of envy when helping my mom or a friend pick out their new frames, I’m now grateful for the fact that I still have fantastic vision.
Like the rest of your body, though, eyes and eyesight changes with age. Just like exercising and eating healthy, it’s so important that we protect and care for our eyes, in order to have greater health and vision over our long lives.
Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign promoting the benefits of eye health. In a recent survey of the chain Life Time Fitness, they found that some gym-goers neglect their eye health despite being very conscious of their body health and fitness.
Today, in an effort to remind you how to care for your eyes, I’m sharing five tips that you should incorporate into your lifelong routine:
1. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses don’t just look cool – they also keep your eyes from getting “sunburned.” Exposure to ultra-violet light puts you at a higher risk for cataracts, thickening eye tissue, and skin cancer around the eyes. Pick out lenses with UVA and UVB coatings for maximum safety.
2. Quit Smoking
Smoking not only ages your skin more quickly, darkens your teeth, and increases your risk of lung cancer – it also heightens your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
3. Reduce Screen Time
Hey, I work on a computer all day, I get that computer and phone screens are an essential part of our lives. But staring at a computer for long stretches can dry your eyes out and, in serious cases, lead to loss of vision. Give yourself “eye breaks” frequently by looking away, getting a glass of water, or taking a walk around the block.
4. Wear Goggles
Remember sophomore chemistry, when you had to wear those dorky goggles when doing experiments? Protective goggles may not look as hip as sunglasses or fancy frames, but they’re essential for yard work and cleaning the house with chemicals like bleach. You can even get a pair for cutting those pesky onions or hot peppers in the kitchen!
5. Get Annual Eye Exams
Just like you get check-ups for the rest of your body, eye problems that are detected at an early age are the most treatable. Think About Your Eyes has a eye care professional locator that can help you find a nearby doctor and schedule an exam.
How is your eyesight? Do you get yearly exams? Any tips to add to my list?