May is Healthy Vision Month

It’s Healthy Vision Month!

Make your Vision Last a Lifetime.

May is Healthy Vision Month, a national observance devoted to encouraging persons to make vision and eye health a priority. 

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 May, the National Eye Institute (NEI) reminds you to make your eye health a priority and encourages you to take important steps to protect your sight

Millions of people in the United States have undetected vision problems and eye conditions. We need your help encouraging people in your community to schedule eye exams. Through a comprehensive dilated eye exam, eye care professionals can detect common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs.

Healthy Vision Month is a great opportunity to learn about eye health and to make sure you and your family understand the importance of regular comprehensive dilated eye exams in maintaining healthy vision.

Early detection and timely treatment of eye disease are key ways to prevent vision loss and blindness. Many people who are at risk for vision loss do not know it, and millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems and eye diseases and conditions

Have a comprehensive dilat­ed eye exam

This is more than just a vision screening. An eye care professional places drops in each eye to dilate, or widen, the pupil. This illuminates the back of the eyes so that he or she can see signs of damage or disease.

Wear shades

Choose sun­glasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.

Take a break

When using a phone, computer or any elec­tronic screen, reduce eyestrain with the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

Karine B

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