Focus On Eyecare For The New Year

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Whether it's adjusting the ingredients in traditional holiday recipes, exercising more, or simply balancing the stress of work and family life, many Hispanics will attempt to live healthier, more active lifestyles as part of their New Year's resolutions. A key aspect of healthy lifestyles that Hispanics often overlook is the importance of proper eyecare.

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Dr. Madeline Romeu, O.D., F.A.A.O., offers tips for making healthy New Year's resolutions a reality that can be adapted to meet any lifestyle. "Caring for your eyes means taking a holistic approach to health. It's essential to consider everything you do that contributes to a healthy lifestyle, from eating vitamin A rich foods like bananas, beans, fish, carrots and tomatoes, to including exercise in your daily routine and wearing proper eyewear to protect your eyes while outdoors," said Dr. Romeu. "It's crucial to visit your eyecare professional for complete regular eye exams and to know as much as possible about your family medical history, especially if there is a record of diabetes or high blood pressure in your family, as both conditions could impact visual health."

Exercise and activity are fundamental to overall health and wellness. As people work towards achieving a healthier lifestyle, they are often drawn outdoors for a variety of activities. While outdoor activity is enjoyable, the increased amount of time spent in the sun -- whether you're playing soccer, barbecuing or simply taking a walk -- is not only a danger to the skin, but also poses a significant threat to the eyes.

Simple steps can be taken to stay protected from the sun and its harmful UV rays. Wearing sunscreen while outdoors and selecting proper everyday eyewear, such as Transitions lenses, will help protect the eyes from the sun's UV rays and will help preserve lifelong healthy sight and wellness.

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