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Love Your Eyes This Valentine’s Day!  

This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show your eyes some love. The best way to do this is by taking care of your vision and getting regular checkups with an eye doctor. Good eye health is important for everyone, and there are a few simple steps you can take to show your eyes just how much you adore them! 

Know the Risk Factors  

Aging is the most common risk factor for ocular diseases, but there are other factors that can contribute to poor eye health. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are two major lifestyle habits known to increase the risk of vision problems like glaucoma and cataracts. Additionally, people who have diabetes or high blood pressure should be extra vigilant about their eye health as these conditions can lead to damage of the retina or optic nerve. If you have any of these pre-existing conditions, be sure to get regular checkups with an optometrist or ophthalmologist.  

Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage  

Too much exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause long-term damage to your eyesight. The best way to protect yourself from UV exposure is by wearing sunglasses—even when it isn’t especially sunny outside! Make sure your shades provide 100% UV protection and also have polarized lenses if possible. Polarized lenses reduce glare from surfaces like water or snow so you can see better under certain conditions.  

Eat Foods That Promote Eye Health  

What we eat has a direct effect on our overall health, including our vision health. Eating foods rich in vitamins A and C, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon and other fatty fish) can help maintain healthy eyesight over time. Additionally, adding leafy greens like kale and spinach into your diet will help keep your eyes healthy too since they are packed full of antioxidants that fight off free radicals which could cause damage over time if left unchecked.   

Valentine’s Day is a great reminder that it’s important to take care of yourself—and that includes taking care of your eyesight! Whether it’s getting regular checkups with an optometrist or protecting against sun exposure with sunglasses, there are so many ways you can ensure good vision health throughout the year. Learn to love your eyes this Valentine’s Day to give them the proper care they need all year round! 

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