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May is Healthy Vision Month

Glaucoma Research Foundation joins the National Eye Institute (NEI) in celebrating Healthy Vision Month each May to promote eye health as a priority for the nation.

Glaucoma and other eye diseases may have no early warnings signs, and many people are at risk for glaucoma but are unaware of it. Established in 2003, Healthy Vision Month encourages Americans to protect their sight through proper eye safety practices including a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma or other eye diseases. It is important to have your eyes examined regularly. Your eyes should be tested:

  • before age 40, every two to four years,
  • from age 40 to age 54, every one to three years,
  • from age 55 to 64, every one to two years,
  • after age 65, every six to 12 months.

Anyone with high risk factors should be tested every year or two after age 35.

You can help celebrate Healthy Vision Month by bringing attention to eye health: hold events in your community, share information and calls to action through your social media channels, and talk with your family and friends. Use Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail to remind family, friends, and colleagues to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Encourage everyone to share your posts to spread the word about healthy vision.

Last reviewed on May 01, 2013

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