Ocular health is more than just a result of a single factor such as genetics. Certain factors such as your gender and lifestyle come into play, too. At our practice, we notice that many of our patients are unaware that they have certain habits that are slowly damaging their vision. Here are three of those damaging habits.
- Spending long hours in front of digital screens.
Today’s excessive use of computers and other devices can lead to significant amounts of eyestrain and may eventually lead to nearsightedness. Since most of us today are largely dependent on computers, tablets, and smartphones for work, your best course of action is to take a break often. The 20-20-20 rule is an excellent tool to give your eyes some help. Take a break every 20 minutes and look at something that is 20 feet away from you for approximately 20 seconds.
- Failing to wear your sunglasses.
Sunglasses should be worn to protect your eyes from sunlight. Cloudy days are no exception. UV rays can still penetrate clouds and lead to eye damage similar to what happens when the sun is out.
- You don’t eat your leafy greens and omega 3s.
Your eyes are what you eat! A diet of heavily processed food choices that is low in omega 3-rich foods and leafy greens can eventually lead to vision problems.
Let us help you live a lifestyle that supports optimum eye health. Call 352.237.8400 or fill out this contact form to schedule a personal consultation at the Central Florida Eye Institute today!