International Men’s Health Week is celebrated this week from June 13 – 19. Men’s Health Week falls perfectly just before Father’s Day, and to celebrate the week, we are highlighting a few things you or the men in your life can do to keep your eye health in top shape. You only have one set of eyes, so take extra care of them and take action now for a lifetime of healthy eyes!
Don’t Delay Or Deny Your Eye Exam
Scheduling your eye exams regularly can help you catch problems before it’s too late. In addition, an eye doctor can spot eye diseases early.
Be Aware Around Screens and Minimize Eyestrain
Digital eye strain has become a problem for many and can make you uncomfortable. Staring at any screen for too long can make your eyes feel dry and tired, which can cause blurred vision. The reason is that most people tend to blink much less when using digital screen devices. Remember to give your eyes frequent breaks from computers, phones, and tablets.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends following the 20-20-20 rule when using these devices: For every 20 minutes looking at a digital screen, look 20 feet away for a full 20 seconds to rest the eyes.
Know Your Family History
Many eye conditions are inherited, and asking family members about their eye conditions plays a significant role in your eye health. For example, you have a much higher chance of developing macular degeneration if a close family member is affected by this condition. Also, your risk of glaucoma is four to nine times higher than average if a family member has it. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment is the best option to help prevent vision loss.
Protect Your Eyes
We all love the warm weather that the summer season brings, but don’t forget to protect your peepers from the UV Rays. Long-term exposure to UV Rays can damage the cornea and the lens, leading to eye cancers or cataracts. The summer also leads to more fun outdoors playing our favorite sport. Protect your eyes by wearing eye gear or a helmet with a safety visor.
Drop The Habit and Stop Smoking
Smoking raises the risk of cardiovascular diseases, indirectly influencing your eye health. Smoking also increases the risk for eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Second-hand smoke also causes dry eyes.
Eat Healthy and Have Fun Exercising
Many studies have shown that exercise and a diet rich in various fruits and vegetables can protect against blinding eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Therefore, eat a diet rich in plant-based foods and exercise moderately for 30 minutes a day.
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References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided within this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.