These Eye Care Tips Can Be Forgotten This Time of Year Image

These Eye Care Tips Can Be Forgotten This Time of Year

Ah, the holidays. The beautiful gold leaves from your neighbor’s tree have all fallen into your yard, you’ve got 20 relatives coming for Thanksgiving dinner, but only 15 chairs, and Daylight Saving Time is not saving your sanity as you race to finish your seasonal shopping on ever-shortening days.

With so much to do this time of year, it can be easy to neglect our health – at the time we most need to preserve it.

That’s why we here at Rebuild Your Vision put together some handy holiday eye care tips. Grab a glass of eggnog and take a few minutes away from the holiday madness to read this article on holiday eye health. Raking those leaves can wait!

Holiday Eye Care Tips

Though this year’s winter weather has been unseasonably warm for some, we remind you that overexposure to the winter sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays without proper eye protection can contribute to macular degeneration and cause cataracts or even photokeratitis (like a sunburn of your eye).

And you don’t have to be on the ski slopes to be at risk.

The American Osteopathic Association notes that since many people associate winter with gray skies, they leave sunglasses behind. When the sun comes out unexpectedly, they end up exposed without proper protection. The association warns, “Appropriate eye protection should be worn when shoveling snow, putting up or taking down holiday decorations, or just going for a walk.” (Or when you’re raking those fallen leaves.)

The best way to safeguard vision is to avoid excessive UV exposure.

The AOA recommends lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Ski goggles are useful for activities in which debris and snow can blow into the eyes (yard work, shoveling or plowing snow, sports, etc.)

The sun is not winter’s only eye hazard. Cool winds and dry air can irritate eyes, even in warmer climates. Indoor heat tends to eliminate moisture from the air. Artificial tears can help when you’re outdoors, and adding humidifiers throughout the house will increase indoor humidity levels.

Zeaxanthin – Not Just for Thanksgiving Anymore

These Eye Care Tips Can Be Forgotten This Time of Year ImageRoasted butternut squash. Crisp green salad. Creamy corn pudding. Spicy pumpkin pie. Along with turkey, these are some of the dishes we associate with Thanksgiving. But did you know that this holiday fare is also rich in the antioxidant zeaxanthin, a carotenoid found in the eye that plays an essential role in protecting vision and maintaining eye health?

Unfortunately, for many of us, holidays are the only times when we eat these foods. Dietary sources of zeaxanthin include kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, corn, brussels sprouts, green beans, okra, zucchini, squash, peas, persimmons, and pumpkin. Among these sources, leafy greens come out tops – if you eat the recommended amounts.

When you consider just how important zeaxanthin is to eye health, it’s clear that we need to find more ways to incorporate it into our diets year-round. A daily supplement is the easiest way to ensure you’re getting enough of this vital nutrient.

Rebuild Your Vision’s Ocu-Plus Formula not only contains zeaxanthin, but also 16 other vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements that have been linked to better vision.

It makes a great stocking stuffer too!

Save Your Eyes from Glare During Daylight Saving Time

The Vision Council of America (VCA) reminds drivers that “part of adjusting to Daylight Saving Time means being prepared to face harsh glare on the roads.” The sun’s glare is one of the most overlooked dangers while driving, causing thousands of injuries each year, particularly during morning and evening commutes.

“It may seem like common sense, but most of us are caught off guard by the effect the time change has on our visibility while we’re driving,” notes ophthalmologist Frank J. Weinstock, M.D. “In addition to changing the clocks, there are a few simple things we need to remember this time of year to protect our vision and make sure we’re safe on the road.”

The VCA recommends the following steps to ensure driver safety:

  • Lower visors to help block reflected light
  • Avoid using high-gloss vinyl cleansers on dashboards
  • Keep the car’s windshield clean and the windshield fluid full
  • If possible, choose an alternate route to avoid one with extreme glare
  • Turn on your headlights so oncoming drivers can see you
  • Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses

We hope these eye care tips help you out this season. And we hope you have a safe, healthy, happy Thanksgiving!

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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7 responses to “These Eye Care Tips Can Be Forgotten This Time of Year”

  1. Avatar for Shreya Shreya says:

    Love the detailed and relatable situations you described in this article. I think it would be well appreciated if you could provide a simple eye exercise that includes holiday-themed things. ( For example, a treatment of eggnog and mistletoe? I know this doesn’t make sense, but you get the idea.) That way we know the benefits of certain seasonal merchandise, and how we can use them for our eye health. Please consider!

  2. Avatar for suzanne suzanne says:

    Thanks for the reminder to wear sunglasses. Can anyone tell me why I can’t wear polarized lenses? I’ve tried many times, and always
    get a bad headache after a few minutes. My
    optometrist says it’s a sensitivity that
    affects 5-10% of people, but didn’t explain further. It’s getting harder and harder to find non-polarized sunglasses.

  3. Avatar for Roscoerock Roscoerock says:

    Suzanne, Google pinhole glasses and go to altered states site. It’s from New Zealand. They are great for the eyes. the site will tell you all about them. Good luck.

  4. Avatar for Hurry Hurry says:

    thanks for the holiday advice, greatly appreciate it 🙂

  5. Avatar for Abdul Moiz Abdul Moiz says:

    how do i know if your products are fake or not ? has anyone tried it yet ? if there’s so much here than why didnt eye docters say anything about it ?

  6. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Tyler Sorensen says:

    Hi Abdul,

    Rebuild Your Vision, LLC has been established for more than 10 years – and has been in business since 2001. We have thousands of customers worldwide with a strong customer Base in Europe, Asia and Australia.

    Everyone can relate to fraud on the internet and that is why we are part of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can see our BBB information here:

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    To your vision — for life,


  7. Avatar for Mariah Seagle Mariah Seagle says:

    My brother’s eyes are blurry and he wants to have a clear vision before he starts his new job. It was mentioned here that winter is one of the eyes’ hazard and he can use eye drops. Moreover, it’s best to use natural eye care for eye maintenance.

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