Get in shape, watch that weight. Spend less, clean my mess. Yikes! Forget resolutions. That’s mine for 2009!
Brian Tracey has the right idea: “Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with. Nothing is neutral. Everything counts.”
Best to follow his advice and begin forming good habits today.
Here are my top ten “do and don’ts” for your eyes:
10. Don’t neglect your eyes. Experts estimate 80% of all learning comes through the eyes. We depend on our vision for almost everything we do.
Do keep eye care health a priority.
9. Don’t go more than two years without an eye exam. Think prevention. Early detection and treatment is always best. Read more about eye exams here.
Do make an eye appointment with your eye doctor every year.
8. Don’t assume vision screenings are adequate. Vision screenings do not diagnose eye and vision problems. Vision screeners are not licensed or insured. Read more about vision screenings here.
Do know a vision screening is not a substitute for an eye examination.
7. Don’t feast on junk food. Your eyes need lots of zinc, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and omega-3 fats. Cantaloupe, carrots, spinach, peanuts, chick peas…yummmm!
Do eat plenty of healthy foods everyday.
6. Don’t look directly at the sun. The sun’s UV rays are harmful and can damage your retina.
Do wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection always on sunny days.
5. Don’t read with poor lighting or hold your book too close. Vision is more than seeing clearly; it also includes visual effeciency. Here are common questions about vision with uncommon answers.
Do keep good vision habits a priority.
4. Don’t assume accidents won’t happen to you. Nearly half of eye injuries occur at home. This 2002 study showed 4.7 million eye injuries occurred in the workplace.
Do protect your eyes with safety glasses or goggles when needed.
3. Don’t let children play with fireworks, sharp objects, or toys that shoot. Darts, sparklers, and other dangerous toys can cause blindness. Remember, we have only one pair of eyes to last a lifetime.
Do choose toys carefully, and childproof your home.
2. Don’t ignore headaches, eyestrain, or double vision. The Vision First Reference Page explains a comprehensive eye and vision examination. Did you see the latest study from the Mayo Clinic about an eye problem with these symptoms that affects reading and learning?
Do tell your eye doctor, and know that symptoms can be treated.
1. Don’t work endless hours on the computer like I do without a break! Computer vision syndrome is a common problem today. There is a solution. Computer glasses and breaks relieve the visual stress caused from staring at that screen.
Do follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, Look 20 feet away, For at least 20 seconds.
Oh oh…my timer buzzed. Time for that break! I’m starting now. Will you join me?
Let’s be like “Nike,” and just do it.
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