Resolutions can be difficult to keep. However, as the year starts, here are several related to your eyes and vision that are good for your ocular health!

Schedule routine eye exams. An eye exam that includes dilation is the best way to stay updated on your ocular health. These visits to your eye doctor can detect vision-threatening conditions and other health concerns to potentially avoid long-term effects.

Wear sunglasses all year. Sunglasses aren’t just for fashion, and they aren’t just for the summer months. Sunglasses that block out 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B rays and screen out 75-90% of visible light protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet light. Talk to your eye doctor about how to achieve maximum sun protection.

Practice safe content lens habits. Follow the doctor’s instructions for contact lens care to prevent eye infections and even vision loss. As a reminder, replace lenses as directed, avoid sleeping in lenses, use proper cleaning solution, and keep storage cases clean. NEVER use tap water or saliva with contact lenses.

Protect your eyes from injuries.
Whether playing sports or at work, take steps to protect your eyes from harm by wearing the proper eyewear. Seek medical care immediately if you sustain an eye injury. UAB Eye Care is on call 24/7 for patients who need urgent care.