It’s resolution time! Each year we focus our resolutions on breaking bad habits like smoking and eating junk food, but rarely do we stick to them. This year, the team at Optikk 30A wants to challenge everyone (and ourselves) to breaking those bad habits by improving our good habits. Some minor tweaks to everyday life such as committing to eating more vegetables and parking farther way can go a long way in improving overall health while encouraging healthy habits.
The most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose those pesky pounds you have been hanging onto. Many ocular diseases are linked to systemic conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise can keep these conditions in check thus lessening the ocular complications as well. A diet rich in green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and collard greens contain the beneficial carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which have been correlated with a lower incidence of macular degeneration. Check out our Eye Healthy Recipes blog post for some great healthy meal options that will improve your waist line as well as your vision.
Another popular resolution is to kick the habit of smoking. Did you know that smoking is the single most controllable risk factor that contributes to the development of macular degeneration and smokers are up to four times more likely than non-smokers to develop age-related macular degeneration? There are many resources out there to help you quit for good, find out more from National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative.
Now that you are getting your groove back, it’s time to shape up your style! Optikk 30A carries fashionable eye wear for all ages and lifestyles. Start the New Year off at Optikk 30A with a custom fitted pair of stylish eye glasses or prescription sunglasses. You may have packed up your swim suits for the winter, but be sure to keep those sunglasses close by. The sun’s UV rays and glare are still damaging during the winter months. Harmful ocular effects of these UV rays are cataracts, pterygium and retinal damage.
At Optikk 30A, we are dedicated to improving and protecting your vision while educating you through the process. It is more than just a New Year’s resolution; it is our way of life. Our Optikk 30A Blog is full of educational information on how to protect and care for your eyes so as to avoid injury, discomfort, or age related eye illnesses. Spent a lot of your holiday break in front of a digital screen? Read our Use It or Lose It blog post to learn what Digital Eye Strain can do to your vision and how to better protect yourself from this Computer Vision Syndrome. Need to know how to keep your holiday gifts from turning playtime into a visit to the doctor? Our Careful Ralphie… post is a great reminder for parents on how to avoid injury from exciting new gifts.
When thinking about your New Year’s resolution this year, why not do something that instantly improves your lifestyle? Call your local optometrist and schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Keeping regularly scheduled eye exams will allow early detection of common and age related eye illness.