Its the time of the year for all of us to start making new lists and revisiting old ones. Eat healthier, exercise more, budget better. These are ones that we seem to keep reliving , but this year don't overlook your lookers. Your eyes are the window to your soul, and even though sight is one of our most relied upon senses, our eyes often times don't get the proper care from us to ensure that they stay in top shape. Here are a few very easy things you can add to your list to make sure your eyes stay in shape in 2015.

1. I Will Get Regular Eye Exams

Seems obvious, right? Surprisingly, many people who care about their eyesight aren't always that good about getting to the doctor. A survey by the American Optometric Association (AOA) found that 85 percent of people valued their sight as their most prized sense, but less than half of that group had had an eye exam in the past two or three years. What gives? “People tend not to think about preventive care…Many diseases affect the eye in such a way that you can see 20/20 until suddenly, one day you can’t,” says Dr. Lowe.

Adults, especially those over 40, should have yearly eye exams, particularly to prevent age-related ocular conditions including macular degeneration (the part of the retina that processes light deteriorates), cataracts (the lens of your eye becomes cloudy) and glaucoma (pressure in the eye damages the optic nerve).

2. I Will Give My Doctor My Health History

Be sure your optometrist or ophthalmologist knows about what’s medically relevant. Patients often don’t realize that there’s a connection between illnesses in the body and eye issues. Hypertension, blood pressure and diabetes can all be detected by looking in the back of the eye, so alert your doctor to your risk factors so they can take the right course of action during the exam. Also mention your hobbies to your doctor—knowing what sports or leisure activities you like to do in your free time makes it easier for him or her to make appropriate recommendations for correcting vision and keeping your eyes healthy.

3. I Will Replace My Contact Lens Case Every Two to Three Months

A huge reason why my patients experience complications is that they don’t clean their lens cases. People throw them into their pockets or purses or store them in a humid bathroom, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. So replace your case often and keep it in a clean, dry place. After you put in your contacts, be sure that the case is empty of all solution: Dump it out, then rinse and dry the case before you store your lenses in it again.

4. I Will Not Stare At Screens For More Than 20 Minutes

This one is HUGE for a lot of us working jobs that require regular computer work. If you work in front of a computer screen all day, use the 20-20-20 rule to let your eyes rest: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away or more for at least 20 seconds. It helps break the eyes’ constant strain of focusing from doing close work. Also, always be sure that you’re a comfortable arm’s distance away from what you’re looking at or reading. Another reason to give your eyes a break: when we concentrate, whether it’s on reading or on the computer, we blink about half as many times as we do when we aren't concentrating. Blinking is how we bring fresh tears to the corneal surface, which helps your eyes stay moist and free of irritants. So the more we concentrate, the drier our eyes become.

5. I Will Eat More Healthy Nutritious Foods

Odds are, this one is already on your list, but just it helps to know what foods to target in order to help those eyes. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and Brussels sprouts, as well as dark berries, like blueberries and blackberries, are rich in lutein, a type of carotenoid that protects against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60. Foods rich in omega-3s, like walnuts and fresh cold-water fish, have been found to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the eye.

6. I Will Protect My Eyes as I Would Protect My Skin

Every time you lather on sunscreen, think about shielding your eyes from the sun as well. A lifetime of UV light exposure can contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration, so always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. And since, by the time you hit age 18, you’ve already received 80 percent of the UV light that you’ll be exposed to in a lifetime, it’s crucial to protect your children’s eyes as well.

7. I Will Travel Smart

Another regular entry in many new years lists is to travel more. By all means, jet set freely, but this year keep this in mind. Airplane air quality tends to be drier and more irritating to the eye, especially if you’re a contact lens wearer. Using rewetting or lubricating drops in your eyes before boarding (keep the bottle handy during the flight too) is a smart way to prevent irritation caused by dry eyes. Bring along an extra pair of lenses and your glasses, just in case. And while you’re on vacation, it’s never a good idea to expose contact lenses to pool or hot tub water, which is full of irritating chemicals and bacteria that can cause infections.

Most of these are probably pretty keepable for most of us, and these will help boost up your numbers in the "ACCOMPLISHED" column on your checklist for 2015. Keep all of these in mind and I hope that you, and your eyes have the BEST YEAR EVER!

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