So what did the crew here at Safety Glasses USA toast to on this New Year’s Eve? To January being National Eye Care Month, of course! Safety is not only business to us ““ it’s personal. We know all the in’s and out’s of safety glasses, and we love answering safety glasses questions from our Facebook and Twitter followers. Let’s cheers to the state-of-the-art technology behind the safety glasses that protect those inquisitive eyes of ours, and start 2012 with 12 must-do eye care tips for National Eye Care Month!
#1: Nutrition Matters. You”™d better eat your carrots ““ and omega-3 fatty acids, leafy green veggies, and flax seed! A healthy, well-balanced diet not only makes you feel great, but can help keep your eyes healthy and sparkling.
#2: Give Them A Break. We often get so engrossed in our computers that we forget to give our eyes a rest. The rule of thumb goes that for every twenty minutes you’re staring at a computer screen; give your eyes at least a thirty second break.
#3: Keep Them Shaded. If you have to squint, you’d better wear sunglasses, like our so-sleek Oakley Sunglasses or Revo Sunglasses. You’re protecting your skin from UV light with sunscreen, so keep your eyes in the shade by wearing sunglasses.
#4: Get To The Gym. Although there isn’t a concrete link, there has been data to backup the benefits of aerobic exercise in reducing eye pressure, which can be helpful to glaucoma sufferers. Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever, too!
#5: Write Right. Don”™t over-work your eyes when writing ““ if you’re writing with your right hand, make sure there’s ample light on the left side of the paper to prevent shadows.
#6: Blink. Blinking creates natural tears in your eyes, helping your peepers maintain an optimal environment. We often blink less when engrossed in work or in an interesting subject, so make a conscious effort to blink more, or use eye drops to simulate natural tears.
#7: Soothe Tired Eyes. Don”™t make yourself, or your eyes, suffer when you’re tired. Take a cue from spas by placing thin cucumber slices over your eyes for 5-10 minutes. If you just so happen to rub on a face mask, even better!
#8: Sleep It Off. No one likes the look of puffy eyes, but it’s more than that ““ puffy eyes are sore eyes. Do your best to consistently get at least seven hours of sleep each night to wake up with well-rested eyes.
#9: Safety First. How many times have you said “It”™ll just take me a second, I don’t need to wear safety glasses.” Those simple words have been the prologue to more eye injuries than we can count. Keep a few pairs of safety glasses around so they’re within easy arm’s reach.
#10: Don”™t Smoke. There’s a checklist of reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, and now, you can add eye health to them. Research shows that smoking does increase the likelihood of eye injuries and disease due to its damage on blood vessels.
#11: Sit Correctly. We all know that working at a computer all day can cause eye strain, but there are steps you can take to minimize it. In addition to eye care tip #2, your computer screen should be positioned just below your line of vision. Artificial “office” lighting can cause glare on your pc, so consider a desk lamp to create a softer lighting environment.
#12: Get A Checkup. Just because you have good vision doesn’t mean you can skip out on your yearly eye exam. Your eye doctor can spot the onset of eye irritations, infections, and disease long before you can in many cases.
We”™re batting our eyelashes over National Eye Care Month this January, and we hope you’ll keep eye care in your sights every day of 2012. There are tons of eye care tips out there, and we”™d love to hear how you protect your peepers ““ leave us a comment or visit us on Facebook and Twitter to share your own tips!