The National Eye Institute (NEI) has declared that May is Healthy Vision Month. Just like many of these special months, the point is not to strive for healthier vision during this month of May only, but must be followed on a yearly basis.

What Should You Do In Healthy Vision Month?

You can have a complete dilated eye exam to assess for common eye issues. If you have not had a test at a while, schedule one now. Make sure you schedule your eye test this healthy vision month.

Taking good care of your eyes must be on our priority list just like eating healthy and daily physical activities. Healthful vision will help you to stay safe and sound daily.

When you visit your ophthalmologist to get a complete dilated eye exam: the practitioner will use drops to widen the pupils to check on for common vision issues and eye diseases. It’s the best way to find out in the Event You need contacts or eyeglasses or even are at the early stages of almost any eye-related ailments.

Nine Ways You Can Help Protect Your Vision

  • Make sure you get regular comprehensive dilated eye checkups.

  • Be aware of the eye health history of your family. It is necessary to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disorder or condition since many can be transferred under heredity.

  • Eat healthy to protect your vision: Specifically, eat plenty of leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard green fish, that’s high in omega-3 essential fatty acids such as salmon, albacore tuna, trout, and halibut.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home, such as painting, yard work, and home repairs.

  • Quit smoking or never start.

  • Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percentage of ultraviolet A (UV-A) and ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation.

  • Make sure you wash your hands prior to removing your contacts and also cleansing your contact lenses correctly to avoid illness.

  • Practice eye safety even at your workplace (especially when you’re employed in the manufacturing industry or IT sector).

Share The Healthy Vision Month Message With Your Community

To spread the message of how important eye health is and also making Americans aware of Healthy Vision Month, several resources are available to doctors and the public. Here are a few ways you can participate and show your support:

  • Share the message on societal networking. The NEI has provided numerous societal posts–including both Facebook and Twitter–that can be used by individual health practitioners, techniques and associations. Graphics–info cards, and videos are also available for distribution.

  • Take advantage of your organization’s communication power. If your clinic –or an organization you work with or volunteer for–includes a newsletter, blog or website, utilize a pre-drafted informational blurb or drop in a blog to spread the message.

In addition to our comprehensive dilated eye examinations, visit an eye care professional if you’ve got-

  • Reduced eyesight.

  • Eye pain.

  • Drainage or redness of the eye.

  • Double vision.

  • Diabetes.

  • Floaters (miniature specks that appear to float before the eyes).

  • Circles (halos) around light sources, or

  • If you see flashes of lighting.

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