In 2003, the National Eye Institute established May as Healthy Vision Month. During this annual observance, Americans are encouraged to make their eye health a priority and learn how to keep their eyes healthy and safe. Why is Healthy Vision Month important? Healthy Vision Month is important because more than 23 million Americans age 18 and older have never had an eye exam, according to a national survey conducted by National Eye Institute. The reason: Most say they don’t think they have an eye problem. In fact: Many eye diseases don’t have symptoms in their early stages, so without an eye exam, they can’t know. And there are worrying predictions: By 2030, 11.4 million people will have diabetic retinopathy, 4.2 million will have glaucoma, and 3.7 million will have age-related macular degeneration. Healthy Vision Month encourages people to take steps to protect their sight.
Your eyes are your windows to the world. Learn how to keep them healthy and safe. Find a Doctor of Optometry and book an eye appointment today.
Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams.
Getting a dilated eye exam is the only way to catch eye diseases early, because with many, there are no warning signs.
Live a healthy lifestyle.
Living healthy can lower your risk of eye disease.
Know your family history.
We get our eye color from our parents, but did you know that eye health can be hereditary, too?
Use protective eyewear.
Keep your eyes protected when doing chores around the house, playing sports, or on the job.
Most people know the sun’s rays are bad for our skin. But did you know they’re just as bad for our eyes?
One of the most important things people can do to protect their vision is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. In this painless procedure, an eye care professional examines the eyes to look for common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs. A comprehensive eye exam can detect eye diseases and conditions in their early stages, before vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment can help to save your sight.
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