Your eyes are important. How else would you be able to see the digits on your treadmill or the “blend” button on your Vitamix?
And the same way you care for your skin, floss your teeth, and look after the rest of your body (hello, healthy diet and exercise)—it’s important to make sure you’re giving your eyes some TLC, too. Especially since squinting into your iPhone and straining to read fitness class schedules doesn’t exactly help.
We caught up with Mark Jacquot, OD, and the clinical director at LensCrafters to find out what you need to know about keeping your baby blues (or greens, or browns) in tip-top shape.
Here are three easy ways to care for your eyes:
1. Eat leafy greens. It’s a good thing you’re obsessed with kale and green juice (or keep meaning to be). Leafy greens are full of properties that care for your eyes. “Spinach and kale are excellent food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are powerful antioxidants, and protect eyes from free radicals caused by ultraviolet light that can cause age-related eye diseases,” says Dr. Jacquot.
2. Take visual breaks. Digital eye strain, or any discomfort caused by staring at the screen of your computer, tablet, and smartphone (so basically every minute of the day), is incredibly common. But Dr. Jacquot is giving you permission to take some much-needed tech breaks during the day. “We suggest the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen, 20 feet ahead, for 20 seconds,” Dr. Jacquot says. Done.
3. Schedule an annual eye exam. Even if you have 20/20 vision, and don’t think staring into your monitor or iPhone 24/7 is causing you eye strain, regular eye exams are highly recommended, says Dr. Jacquot, who suggests them once a year. During an exam, “a doctor is able to evaluate the overall health of your eyes and help explain how it impacts the overall health of your body,” explains Dr. Jacquot.
And you can do all of that at LensCrafters. Their state-of-the-art digital eye exam, AccuExam, helps you determine if you need glasses—and, if so, what kind based on precise measurements. Plus, they have tons of locations in New York City—and across the country—and you can schedule the appointments online (a win, win).
For more information and to schedule an exam, visit www.lenscrafters.com