With the first month of 2013 already said and done, many of us have already jumped ship on our New Year’s Resolutions. Whether these are related to weight loss, health or something else, the main thing is to get back on track after a fall out. So what that it’s February? That’s still 10 whole months left in the year even after February’s finished. Plus, when it comes to something important such as caring for our eyes, any month of the year is a good time to start because better late than never, right? Here are five important eye related goals to add to your resolution list for 2013:
1. I WILL GET REGULAR EYE EXAMS
Adults should have an eye exam every two years — more often for diabetic or other patients with risks for eye disease. For those over 60, more frequent checks for conditions such as age-related Macular Degeneration is usually recommended. Your doctor and optometrist can let you know how often you should be getting eye check ups. Children should get their first eye exam at 6 months of age, then typically at 3 and 6 years of age, but again, your pediatrician or eye doctor may recommend a different schedule depending on the exact health needs of your child. If you or your child notice a change in vision, this can also warrant a eye doctor visit. Eye exams should check for serious eye diseases such as glaucoma and you can also usually update your lens prescription during your check up to save a second trip.
2. I WILL AVOID THE PAIN OF EYESTRAIN
Long episodes of working at a computer screen can be downright uncomfortable for our eyes. Red or sore eyes, headaches and the like aren’t any fun and these common symptoms of eyestrain may even interfere with our work productivity. Computer glasses don’t have to be expensive to be effective and many people find that wearing them helps prevent those annoying symptoms. Another helpful tip for eyestrain prevention is to take breaks by focusing your eyes away from the computer screen for a few minutes at a time throughout the workday. According to the Mayo Clinic, gently massaging your temple, brow and eyelid area with your fingertips twice a day can help relieve the effects of eyestrain as well. Here’s hoping for a eyestrain-free 2013!
3. I WILL GET THE MOST VALUE FROM MY EYEWEAR
Rather than spending a lot of money on one pair of glasses, buying several pairs of good, well-priced eyewear can let you keep “spares” where you need them. For instance, one pair at the office and another in the car can be life savers, well eye savers, if you run out of the house without your regular glasses. Having a few pairs of eyewear for kids who are forever forgetting half of what they own at Grandma’s, school or a friend’s house can especially be a sanity saver for frustrated parents. Another way to get the most value from eyewear is to look for sturdy construction such as spring hinges on all types of glasses and nose pads on metal frames to keep them from sliding.
4. I WILL TAKE PROPER CARE OF MY GLASSES
Well, we know that the words “proper care” may send you running from the room, but we hope not. Really, caring for eyeglasses is a cinch with only a few quick things to note. One of these is to never use paper towels to clean glasses as they can scratch. A few drops of mild hand soap on the lenses, added while you gently rinse your glasses under running water can get rid of any little spots or smudges. A soft cloth is great for drying or polishing eyeglasses. There you have it. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
5. I WILL LET MYSELF EXPERIMENT WITH FUN FASHION FRAMES
As a reward for taking such good care of your eyes and your glasses, remember to actually have fun when picking out new frames. With so many high quality frames available at awesome prices, you can often create a wardrobe of eyewear to go with all of your fashion looks. Try at least one pair of glasses that have a stand out feature such as a bold color or detailed temples to really jazz things up!