being MVP: World Sight Day: Get Your Sunnies On! #WorldSightDay @opticalindustry

World Sight Day: Get Your Sunnies On! #WorldSightDay @opticalindustry

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Vision Council and The Motherhood. The opinions and text are all mine.

I know firsthand that eye sight is important due to having worn glasses and contacts for half my life until I had Lasik. Did you know that the eye is the strongest muscle in your body and it can process 36,000 bits of information every hour? I can't imagine not having my eyesight and need to take better care of them by remembering to wear my sunglasses when outdoors and driving as well as getting a vision check on a routine basis.  

Growing up in Florida and now residing in California, there is a lot of sun exposure and I find myself squinting a lot. I have to constantly remind myself that UV radiation is present year round and the damage is cumulative. Hubs recently gifted me with two new pairs of sunglasses and although they were ridiculously pricey, you can find reasonable ones with UVA/UVB protection. Make sure that you wear the sunglasses and keep them accessible. To find the daily UV Index in your community visit and put in your zip code in the upper right hand corner.

I look at the computer screen all day long at work and am on my phone 80% of the other time. I didn't know that prolonged time on digital devices could tire and strain my eyes. I am guilty of letting Kenzie watch shows on the iPad and now I must monitor her time. You can prevent digital eye strain with the following recommendations: 
  • 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feed away for 20 seconds.
  • clean your screen often
  • reduce exterior and overhead lighting to avoid glare
  • keep your distance from the screen (20-24 inches)
  • position your computer 10-15 degrees below eye level
  • purchase computer eyewear

I dislike carrots but when I was growing up, it seemed like I had to eat them for the health of my eyes. I now learn that eating dark, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, as well as foods with omega-3 fatty acids, can preserve eye health. Yay for green juices in the morning! You can also make other adjustments to your health to benefit your eyes: keep your blood pressure under control, maintain a healthy weight, exercise/be active, quit smoking and wash your hands. 

Kenzie loves wearing sunglasses and has a neat selection of them. Mason, on the other hand, doesn't like anything on his head/face so it's a wee bit difficult protecting his eyes with baby sunglasses. He likes to wear mine so that'll do for now :)

To get more information about vision health/disease and low vision check out The Vision Council

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Vision Council and The Motherhood. The opinions and text are all mine.


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