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Seasonal Eye Health Checklist – Fall

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Use this checklist this Fall when thinking about your eye health, and follow these easy steps to keeping your eyes healthy.

Rest Your Eyes

As the weather changes and people participate in fewer outdoor activities, they often find themselves in front of computer and TV screens more often. Considering following the “20-20-20” rule: take a break from your computer or television-related activities every 20 minutes to look at objects at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more. Practicing this will reduce the chances of experiencing Computer Vision Syndrome and will reduce strain and stress on your eyes.

Shopping

Consider eyewear (prescription or otherwise) when shopping for gifts this holiday season. Trying on and “modeling” eye- and sunglasses with your loved ones can be a fun experience. If you have a Health Savings Account, the fall is a great time to use it before it expires at the end of the year.

Stay Active

Try to stay as active as possible. Keeping the rest of your body healthy helps to protect against diseases like diabetes, which can negatively impact your eyesight. If you’re living in Gallup, consider joining a gym or practicing swimming at the local indoor pool: both options will keep you warm and healthy throughout the cold winter weather.

Drink Lots of Water

Keeping your body hydrated is paramount! Remember the “8 by 8” rule: drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. If you’re active and are generating sweat, you’ll likely need to drink closer to 3 liters of water per day (18 8-ounce glasses). If you find that you skin is dry or your lips are becoming chapped more frequently, it might mean that you aren’t drinking enough water.