Vision is one of our most important senses, but it can be easy to take it for granted. That’s why National Eye Care Month is a great time to take a moment and think about how you’re taking care of your eyes.

Framed Optical knows about the importance of regularly scheduled eye checkups and proper care. It’s a great idea to have your eyes checked every year, even if you don’t feel like your prescription has changed much. Even if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses, it’s important to monitor your eye health just like you would an annual physical.

There are a lot of easy ways to take care of your vision and to prevent some common problems. For example, just like so many other aspects of your health, exercise and nutrition are important for your vision. Leafy green vegetables provide valuable antioxidants, which help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Exercise helps reduce high blood pressure, which has been linked to vision problems. Smoking is also very hard on the eye’s blood vessels, it constricts and stiffens the vessels and deprives the tissue of proper oxygenation, and can also contribute to the progression of cataracts.

In our part of the world, protection from sun exposure is important. Proper protection from ultraviolet radiation helps prevent cataracts, pterygiums, and skin cancers on the delicate skin surrounding the eyes, so you should use sunglasses with 100% ultraviolet protection. Remember that tint alone doesn’t mean that you have UV protection – clear glasses can have ultraviolet protection, and dark lenses may have no benefit whatsoever. Be sure to understand what type of lenses your sunglasses have.

Annual eye checkups are the best line of defense against vision problems. If your prescription needs updating, it’s the best time to take a look at the best vision correction options for your eyes, including ultraviolet coatings. Framed Optical offers one of the best selections of top-name designer frames to choose from, letting you update your style while taking care of your vision. Call us today, and let’s celebrate National Eye Care Month in style!