6 Vision Health Reminders for the Winter

As the winter season sets in, here are six reminders about vision health that relate to this time of year.

1 – Make appointments

Check your vision benefits plan and see if your benefits expire at the end of the year. If you’ve already used your benefits this year, look to next year and schedule your family’s eye exams. Remember even if you have good vision, it’s important to have regular comprehensive eye exams. Exams can check for signs of common eye diseases and detect other health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure.

2 – Eat healthy

It can be tough to eat healthy around the holidays. The colder weather can also keep us indoors and inactive. But keep up your smart choices of leafy green and colorful vegetables like spinach and sweet potatoes. Keep your vision health, and overall health, in mind when you’re shopping at the food store or being tempted by all the holiday treats.

3 – Drink water

Sometimes in the colder months, we forget about staying hydrated. We know the importance of staying hydrated for your overall health, but it’s also directly linked to your eye health too. Dehydration can cause eye strain and dry eye.

4 – Quit smoking

According to an article on AllAboutVision.com, people who smoke are “four times more likely to go blind in old age.” We know the harmful effects of smoking on our health, but our vision might not always be considered. Your risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration also increases if you smoke. You might find the New Year is a good time to start healthy habits, or quit unhealthy ones.

5 – Wear sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is important in the winter months. We might not think of it because of the colder temperatures, but the sun’s rays can still damage your eyes in the winter.

6 – Give the gift of vision

The holiday season is synonymous with donation giving, so consider the gift of vision this year. You can donate your old eyeglasses, reading glasses, frames, and sunglasses or donate to a charity that provides vision care to underserved communities and people in need.

The winter season doesn’t have to be cold and dark. Instead make it about giving back to the community, continuing healthy choices, and protecting your vision.

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