Healthy Vision Month is celebrated in May to help spread awareness and educate people about the importance of good eye health. The CDC’s Vision Health Initiative and the National Eye Institute have partnered to help promote greater awareness of the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams. Eye health is just as important as regular health checkups and dental exams!
While older adults typically have more vision issues, vision problems can arise at any age. It’s estimated that only one out of seven preschool-aged children receive an annual eye exam, which is problematic. Many eye conditions such as myopia, amblyopia and strabismus (lazy eye) can be treated in children if they are seen at an early age. Pediatric eye exams also ensure that children can see properly when they enter school. However, comprehensive eye exams for are important at any age to help detect and treat eye disease and protect your vision.
Here are some tips for maintaining healthy eyes:
· Schedule regular eye exams: Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining healthy eyes. Annual exams can detect problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated.
· Protect your eyes from the sun: Prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays can damage your eyes and increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses that block 100% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
· Maintain a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help with overall health, but especially eye health! Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and kale contain vitamins and nutrients that promote eye health.
· Practice good eye hygiene: Good eye hygiene is crucial for preventing eye infections. Wash your hands regularly, especially before touching your eyes or putting in contact lenses.
· Take breaks from digital screens: Prolonged use of digital screens can cause eye strain, headaches, and dry eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule, which suggests taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away.
· Quit smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases. Quitting smoking can help reduce this risk and improve overall health.
· Exercise regularly: Exercise can help reduce the risk of developing certain eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. It also helps maintain overall health, which is essential for healthy eyes.
Your vision is important, so don’t neglect the health of your eyes. National Healthy Vision Month is the perfect opportunity to schedule an appointment. Call us today to schedule your comprehensive exam!