Keep Your Vision Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are a special time during the year. Families get together to celebrate, eat lots of food, and watch Christmas classics such as A Christmas Story. But unlike Ralphie, this holiday season, it’s not an option to shoot your eye out because SafeVision is here with tips to keep your vision healthy and safe and ensure your vision is the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam

One of the easiest ways to ensure you are promoting vision health this holiday season is by getting a comprehensive eye exam. Your eye doctor will test your visual activity, as well as look for refractive errors, focusing problems like presbyopia, a condition in older eyes that makes it hard to read small print, eye diseases, or other vision problems.

If you have noticed any changes in your vision, talk with your eye doctor to learn about your possibilities. If you have a cataract, you might need corrective surgery. Those who choose cataract surgery enjoy a higher quality of life and improved vision.

Prevent Dry Eye

When the wind picks up in the winter months, dry eyes can become common if your tears can’t naturally lubricate them. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water daily and using a humidifier in your home and office to reduce dry eyes. Another way to help is by reminding yourself to blink more often. Whether you have to write yourself a note and stick it to your computer or say it over and over in your head, this will help because staring at digital screens reduces your blink rate and can cause dryness. If you plan to be outdoors for more extended periods, you might also want to keep some eye drops handy for when your eyes feel itchy and irritated.

Take Regular Breaks from Digital Screens

During the holidays, there are plenty of opportunities to spend time on digital devices. Especially this year, we might send more emails, watch more movies, and play more games on tablets. But the increased screen time can harm your eyes if you aren’t protected. Be sure you are wearing a pair of Blue Light glasses when using digital devices to reduce the number of harmful rays that enter your eyes. Wearing protective eyewear can also reduce your risk for computer vision syndrome (CVS), a condition that causes headaches, eye strain, and pain in the back and neck from staring at a screen for too long. With the combination of protective eyewear and the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20 feet away), you can avoid CVS easily.

Include Protective Eyewear as a Gift

If you plan to purchase gifts that very well could result in your child getting their eye shot out, such as Nerf guns or sporting equipment, include a pair of SafeVision eyewear. Our wide selection of designs and lenses are sure to match any activity and make safety cool when your kids play with their friends. To view our selection, visit our website at

When you take care of your vision, you will find that it is indeed the gift that keeps on giving- year after year. Stay protected and happy holidays!


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