Did you know there are 256 unique characteristics, which form the human eye?! Our eyes have a complex job and an important one at that. From birth until old age we rely on our eyes to help us learn and process our surroundings. They help us feel connected to our world but also help keep us safe from danger. In fact, upwards of 80 percent of information humans perceive, process or “take-in,” is through the eyes. Medical research suggests the majority of the human brain is dedicated to processing visual impressions. It’s quite fascinating when you pause and ponder about it all. It makes us here at USFHP grateful for those dedicated professionals in Optometry, that have taken the time to learn the vast intricacies of these marvelous scientific wonders.
3 Tips to Strengthen Your Eyes
Feed them good things: While we’ve always been told by our mothers to eat our carrots, another great way to feed your eyes is through the consumption of Omega-3s. Such foods that carry these healthy fats include fish, leafy greens, citrus fruits, and many types of nuts. Not only will you help your eyes but you will also improve your cardiovascular health in the process…double win!
Limit screen use: While our society continues to rely more and more on computers and other forms of technology, our eyes could potentially suffer severe consequences as a result of too much screen time. A common ailment reported by patients is Computer Vision Syndrome, which results in tired, sore eyes that can often result in blurriness and can even damage our eyes if left untreated. To help prevent this type of fatigue use the 10-10-10 rule. If working for longer than 10 minutes take a 10-minute break and focus on something at least 10 feet away.
Cover those bad boys: Whether you’re a construction worker or a mad scientist, make sure you’re using protective eyewear when handling potentially dangerous materials. Another great way to physically protect your eyes is to consistently wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. Just like the skin can be damaged after too much sun exposure so can the eyes.
Be sure to visit your optometrists to get your eyes checked annually. You might be thoroughly surprised at what they can find during these check-ups.
As part of our enhanced benefits program, USFHP offers comprehensive vision care with $0 to low cost eyewear.
Call 1-800-241-4848, we will walk you quickly through the process and help you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to get you tested right away.