March is Nutrition Month! What we put into our bodies has a substantial effect on our quality of life; “you are what you eat”, as they say. We just ran an article about ways to eat healthy for the eyes, and you can look back at that for more ideas about healthy eating and your eyes, but in a nod to Nutrition Month, we thought we’d talk about some general eye health tips and lifestyle choices that can help you keep your vision at it’s best.

Eat Right

The most obvious tip for the month is to pay attention to what you’re consuming. There’s a lot of vitamins and minerals that can seriously help protect your eye health from problems like age related macular degeneration. Opt for foods that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants like lutein. Veggies are perfect here; roast some red peppers and carrots up, or make yourself a nice salad with a healthy amount of kale, and you’ll be getting many healthy nutrients that won’t just help your eyes – they’ll help your whole body!

Don’t Smoke

Smoke is bad for your eyes; ever sit next to a campfire with the wind blowing towards you and your eyes open? Not a pleasant experience. Smoke will dry out your eyes, so whether you’re smoking tobacco or marijuana, sustained use can cause your eyes to become dry and red. Cigarettes in particular are filled with a wide variety of different chemical that can cause problems for your eyes. And your skin. And your lungs. Smoking is really bad for you, and if you want tips on how to quit, ask us or any health care professional; we all want to help you quit.

Visit Your Optometrist

We’re more than just purveyors of high quality Winnipeg eyeglasses. We can help you make lifestyle changes that will keep your eyes healthier, longer. We can also spot a wide variety of diseases that are totally unnoticeable unless you visit us so we can check your eyes – conditions that can make you go blind, or underlying medical conditions that haven’t presented any other symptoms yet. We also love to talk, so if you have any concerns about your vision – dry eye, red eye, excessive tearing, anything – we can go over your concerns with you. We’ll help you figure out what’s causing the problems, if you should treat them, and what types of treatments you should use.

Blink!

Yes, you, right now. Blink. Do it again. You’ve been reading a screen for at least a couple of minutes, and given our computer obsessed society, I’d hazard a guess that it’s been longer than that. You can follow the 20-20-20 rule, you can get up and stretch your legs, you can sit further from screens, but most importantly, be mindful of your screen time, and try to remember to look away every once and awhile. Get up and get a glass of water while you’re at it, move around a bit. You’re worth it.