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4 Resolutions For Better Vision

New Year's resolutions can be daunting. Most of us enter the new year with the most noble of intentions: This is the year we'll lose the love handles, learn a new language, eat healthier, get that promotion and still make more time for our friends and family.

When thinking about ways to improve on one's health, we ironically only focus on things others can see like our physical appearance. Our eyes are something that often get overlooked and even taken for granted. Lucky for us, we can take steps to guard our eye health that are simple and effective. Here are a few you can add to your list.

 

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  1. Get your annual eye exam: Most vision-threatening diseases have no symptoms in their earliest stages, making an annual eye exam the best front-line defense against preventable vision loss. 

  2. Eat a balanced diet: Studies show that a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can reduce the risk for age-related vision problems including macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma

  3. Know your family history: Many vision-threatening diseases have a genetic component - sharing this information with your eye doctor can ensure you catch diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma before irreversible vision loss occurs.

  4. Wear sunglasses year-round: They’re not just a summer fashion accessory - glare from the sun can be particularly harsh in winter, and UV rays reflecting off surfaces including such as pavement, metal and water can damage your eyes year-round.