Vision tips

Seeing the world through healthy eyes is a gift. And it's something we need to take care of regularly. If you're straining to read what's on your computer screen at work or the exit number on that highway sign, it's time to get your vision checked.

Providence offers discounts on vision care for all members. Depending on your health plan, you may be eligible for benefits through our partner Vision Service Plan, or VSP, the largest nonprofit vision benefits and services company in the U.S., beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

In addition to regular vision checkups, here are a few things you can do to take care of your eyes:

Eat right. Yes, carrots are good for your eyes, but so are dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens. Your eyes also benefit from omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, tuna and halibut.

Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to loss of vision and other vision complications.

Quit smoking. Smoking takes a toll on your eyes and increases your risk of developing macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage. We can help you quit.

Pack protection. When you're outdoors, wear sunglasses that block both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Rest up. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, your eyes can become fatigued. Be sure to look away and focus on something far away every 20 minutes. Or else get up and walk away from your desk to give your eyes a break.