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March is Save Your Vision Month

March 1, 2019

The American Optometric Association has named March Save Your Vision Month, making it the perfect time for individuals to plan their healthy activities for the rest of the year.

If you’re concerned about your vision this month, here are just a few of the lifestyle changes you can make to ensure your eyes stay happy and healthy!

DO: Have a Balanced Diet

Every child has heard that carrots can improve night vision, but there’s a lot of truth to that story. Fruits and vegetables are high in Vitamins A, C and antioxidants, making them excellent for your vision.

Don’t make “eating healthy” an abandoned New Year’s resolution, embrace it all year long and enjoy a clearer and more vibrant tomorrow!  

DON’T: Smoke or Use Tobacco Products

Smoking is known to cause heart and lung diseases, but did you know tobacco use can impact your eyes as well?

Along with increasing your risk of cataracts and dry eyes, studies also show that smokers are twice as likely to develop Uveitis, an inflammation in the eyes which can damage important tissues.

We understand how tough it is to quit smoking, but doing so will lead to a longer life and more quality time with your loved ones.

DO: Get Enough Exercise

It might be hard to see how a trip to the gym can improve your vision, but the evidence doesn’t lie!

Regular workouts improve your blood flow and send more oxygen to your eyes, keeping them healthy and clearing out toxins. Regular exercise also decreases the build-up of intraocular pressure, potentially saving your eyes from the effects of glaucoma.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a jogging buddy, head outside, and start saving your eyes!

DON’T: Stare at Your Smartphone

We know you’re probably reading this blog on your phone right now (and we thank you for that!), but scientists are telling us every day about the harm that cell phones can do.

The University of Toledo’s latest study reveals that constant doses of blue screen light can lead to macular degeneration. This disease is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., so do yourself a favor and put the phone away for a few hours!

We think that the best thing you can do for your eyes this month is to call Texarkana Eye Associates. Give our vision experts a call today at 903-838-0783 or visit us online to set up your appointment and see the world like never before!