Squinting, eye strain, prescription changes and migraines. These are all common health issues among today's office professionals.
With about 14 million people ages 12 and older having visual impairment, eye health is one factor that can't be ignored or dismissed. The economic impact of major vision problems alone is telling— at more than $51 billion, according to the CDC's Vision Health Initiative—causing "a substantial social and economic toll for millions of people including significant suffering, disability, loss of productivity, and diminished quality of life."
Maintaining proper eye care can ensure everyday living — from home to work — is that much more manageable. <strong>BlackEnterprise.com</strong> caught up with entrepreneur and optician Utenzi Miller-Johnson, of New Jersey-based <a href="http://www.eleganteyes.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Elegant Eyes</strong></a>, on how to improve and maintain good visual health. <i>—Janell Hazelwood</i>
<strong>Be sure to get an annual comprehensive eye exam.</strong> "During an eye examination, the optometrist can determine much more than just your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses," Miller-Johnson says. "He or she can detect common eye diseases, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
<strong>Eat nutritious foods and maintain a healthy weight.</strong> What you eat affects your sight as it does any other body function. Also, illnesses such as diabetes, which are linked to unhealthy eating habits and obesity, put people at higher risk for vision loss.
<Strong>Take breaks from the computer to avoid eyesight blurriness or migraines.</strong> "Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 mins, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds."