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When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor or nurse regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They’re not always top of mind, but they’re just as important.
During Healthy Vision Month, held each year in May, Glaucoma Research Foundation joins the National Eye Institute and other national eye health organizations in empowering Americans to make their eye health a priority and educating them about steps they can take to protect their vision.
Get a dilated eye exam. Getting a dilated eye exam is the only way to catch eye diseases early, because with many, there are no warning signs. Talk to your eye care professional about how often you should have one.
Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy foods including green leafy vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, managing chronic conditions, and not smoking can significantly lower your risk of eye disease.
Know your family history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease, since many (like glaucoma) are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease yourself.
Use protective eyewear. Protect your eyes when doing chores around the house, playing sports, or on the job to prevent eye injuries from happening. This includes wearing safety glasses, goggles, safety shields, and eye guards that are made of polycarbonate.
Wear sunglasses. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision sharp and eyes healthy. A hat offers great protection, too!
Taking these steps can help prevent vision loss, blindness, and many eye diseases and conditions from occurring.
The NEI offers a variety of resources you can use in May and throughout the year to promote the importance of eye health. Visit the Healthy Vision Month Website to view the free resources available, including videos, shareable social media content, and more.
Source: National Eye Institute
Last reviewed on May 01, 2017