Healthy Lifestyles for Healthy Vision

Good vision lifestyle guideGood vision begins even before a baby is born. Whether it’s what you eat while pregnant, how you light your child’s room or how you protect their eyes while playing, there are tips parents can follow to make sure their children enjoy healthy vision from infancy on. In adulthood, it’s time to take overall health, including your vision, into your own hands.

Start Young

  • Make sure you get enough DHA, lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet during pregnancy and breast feeding
  • Make sure your child has its first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age, regardless of whether or not there seem to be any vision or eye issues
  • Make sure your child receives a full exam by an eyecare professional every two years
  • Make sure your child wears a brimmed hat and/or sunglasses to protect their eyes when out on a sunny day

Staying Healthy through Adulthood

Eat Right

  • Eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale and fatty fishes
  • Make sure you get optimal amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, DHA, the vitamins A, C and E, riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2), beta-carotene, and the mineral zinc.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you can't reach the right levels of nutrients in your diet, a supplement to provide the difference to 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin and at least 1.5 mg Zn, 120 mcg vitamin A and 0.21 mg riboflavin (vitamin B2) along with vitamins E and C is a helpful way to make sure you’re getting enough of both nutrients

Get a Regular Eye Exam

  • Adults 18 to 60 years old should get an eye exam every two years
  • Adults over the age of 60 should get an eye exam annually

Take Care in the Sun

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor to block the sun
  • Wear sunglasses, even on a cloudy day. Make sure you select sunglasses that absorb both UVA an UVB rays.
  • Take precautions during the time when the sun’s rays are strongest, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Watch Your Screen Time

  • Sit about 25 inches from the computer screen and position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
  • Reduce glare from the screen by lighting the area properly; use a screen filter if needed.
  • Take regular breaks