There’s no better time to improve your knowledge about vision than May. As we head into Healthy Vision Month, it’s time to think about scheduling your annual eye exam and recommitting yourself to proper eye care.
Your eyes work hard to bring you the world, delivering 80 percent of the information you take in every day, says the National Eye Institute. Take this time to learn about eye health and strategies to prevent vision loss and blindness. First and foremost, get an eye exam. Secondly, take steps every day to treat your eyes right. This includes eating well, exercising and generally getting in good physical shape.
Did you know most vision problems are preventable? Check out some helpful tips so you can keep your eyes healthy and safe.
Get an Eye Exam
More than 23 million Americans have never had an eye exam. If you don’t feel like there’s a problem, you may not think you have to go. However, serious eye diseases often don’t have any early warning signs. The only way to detect these things is through an annual eye exam.
Know Your History
You get a lot more from your parents than just eye color. Many eye diseases can also run in families, so talk to your parents, grandparents and siblings about their eye health to see if you have a higher risk of eye diseases of any kind.
Protect Your Eyes
More than 2,000 people receive a serious work-related eye injury every day, and those sustaining sports-related eye injuries go to the ER every 13 minutes. Protect your eyes from injury by donning protective eyewear, such as safety glasses, safety shields and goggles. You should also wear sunglasses when going outside, even on cloudy days. Glasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, so look for ones that provide both UVA and UVB protection.
Eat Eye-Healthy Foods
Yes, carrots are good for your eyes but those aren’t the only foods you can eat for eye health. Try a diet rich in many fruits and veggies, particularly dark, leafy greens, like kale or spinach. You’ll also want to eat fish with lots of omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, halibut and tuna.
Keep Your Weight at a Healthy Level
Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop diabetes and other health problems that could later result in vision loss.
Contact Simon Eye Associates
To schedule your annual eye exam and ask questions concerning your vision health, contact us today at 302-239-1933.