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New Years Resolutions for Your Eyes

New Years Resolutions for Your Eyes

People in western North Carolina are ready to start fresh with a new year. It has been more challenging than ever navigating all the difficulties we have faced. Asheville residents have taken on the challenges and persevered.

The new year, however, represents an opportunity to make resolutions that promote self-improvement. What kind of resolutions will you make? Many will set goals to improve their fitness, change their diets, and lose weight. However, have you thought about what kind of new year’s resolutions you might make for your eyes?

In this article, we will help you set goals for the new year for your vision and eyesight.

How To Set Good New Year’s Resolutions

Before you set your new year’s resolutions for your eyes, it is important to know what kind of goals work best. Four out of five people fail to reach their new year’s resolutions. SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. It is a way to think of goal setting that is less vague and more poignant to you. For example, rather than setting a vague goal to be more active, you might say that each week you will walk around the neighborhood twice and go to the gym four times.

How Can You Set Smart Goals for Your Eyes?

The fact is, the decisions you make every day can impact your vision for the rest of your life. Here are some smart goals that might help you retain your vision and promote eye health.

Your eyes at work.

One of the most punishing parts of our lives for our eyes is our time at work. If your work involves a lot of time staring at a computer screen, you can resolve to make a few changes that can make a big difference:

  • Make sure your computer screen is at eye level and at optimal brightness. 
  • Set an alarm to remind you to stand up and look away from your screen. 
  • Utilize optimal lighting. Make sure your computer screen is not facing a bright window. Pull shades to allow less sunlight in your workspace. 
  • Dim your screen to match the brightness of your surroundings. 
  • Make sure your computer screen brightness is set to promote comfort. Make sure your text size and color contrast are optimal as well. 

Your eyes outdoors. 

Set goals that ensure you are protecting your eyes from the elements in western North Carolina. This will mean wearing sunglasses or eye protection in situations where your eyes could be in danger:

  • When it is dry and windy with dust and dirt flying around.
  • When there is snow on the ground reflecting the sun. 
  • When you are driving during the early morning or sunset hours. 
  • When you are doing yard work such as cutting grass, weed eating, and trimming shrubs and trees. 

Your eye nutrition. 

Resolve to improve your diet for the sake of your eyes as well as your overall health and wellness. Believe it or not, what you eat has a significant impact on the health of your eyes. Some of the foods that will help include:

  • Leafy greens that you would use in salads and casseroles
  • Eggs – consider adding hard-boiled eggs to your salad
  • Fish which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and limes
  • Beans, which have a significant amount of zinc 
  • Sweet potatoes and squashes that are full of Vitamins A and E
  • Buts are high and zinc and help your body process Vitamin A
  • Oysters and other Shellfish are also rich in zinc

The new year is the perfect time to set smart goals about your nutrition that can improve your fitness as well as your eye health. 

Your eye exam. 

Are you due for an eye exam? Did you miss your chance last year due to quarantining and social distancing? This is the perfect time to set a goal to set your eye exam and put into practice whatever your optometrist recommends.

If you are ready to take your eye health more seriously in the new year, Asheville Vision Associates is western North Carolina’s trusted eye health team. We have been providing quality eye care for almost thirty years. If you are due for an eye exam or want more advice on how to take care of your eyes and preserve your vision, contact the team at Asheville Vision Associates today