May is Healthy Vision Awareness Month, so we’re sharing a few tips to help you keep your eyes healthy and happy.

While we all agree that eyesight has a huge impact on our daily lives and is probably the sense we would fear losing most, most people don’t pay much attention to their vision until there is a problem. While a professional eye exam can catch common problems and early warning signs, there are also simple steps you can take in your daily life to help create healthy vision for a lifetime!

  1. Always wear UV treated sunglasses, especially during protracted periods on the water or a golf course.
  2. Always wear eye protection. Examples of important activities are: sporting events, mowing your lawn, working with power tools or using household chemicals.
  3. Always work and read in a well-lighted room.
  4. Use anti-reflective coated eyeglasses when using a computer to lessen glare and eye fatigue.
  5. Eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Concentrate on food items with a lot of lutein and zeaxanthin (berries and veggies), as well as omega 3 fatty acids (oily fish like salmon).
  6. Give up the habit of smoking.
  7. Exercise regularly, and keep your weight in good control.
  8. Control your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
  9. Limit alcohol intake. Using wine as an example: males shouldn’t intake more than 8oz per day, and females shouldn’t intake more than 4oz.
  10. See your eye care professional every other year if you are under age 65, or yearly if you are over age 65 or have a known eye condition.
  11. Take a good, well-known multivitamin and consider taking Omega-3 fish oil supplements after age 50.