Because the proper care of your eyesight is often overlooked, the National Eye Institute has designated the month of May as Healthy Vision Month, a time to check in on your most important sensory organs. From comprehensive exams to diet and lifestyle tips focused on preventing vision problems May is the time to make your eyesight a top priority. Because we know eye care inside out, WebEyeCare is here to help you not just with all your contact lenses and glasses needs but to provide healthy vision tips and eye health awareness information you can trust. In celebration of Healthy Vision Month, we would like to share with you our top recommendations for staying on top of your eye care so that the future stays bright and clear.
Dilated Eye Exams
Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time to visit your Ophthalmologist or other eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The only real way to detect most eye diseases early on, before they start causing problems and are much harder to treat, a comprehensive dilated pupil exam should be done on a regular basis. Using special eye drops to dilate the pupil of the eye, your eye care provider with then examine your retina, optic nerve and other tissues with a unique magnifying glass to look for damage or other signs of disease. Because common eye problems like glaucoma and diabetic eye disease often show no symptoms at all during the early phase, this dilated eye exam allows you to nip things in the bud by identifying issues early on. Your eye exam will also determine if you can benefit from contact lenses or glasses, important items that can stop your vision from deteriorating and lead to improved overall eye health.
Healthy Vision Lifestyle And Diet Factors
Many people simply don't realize just how important eating right and living healthy are to maintaining good eye health and Health Vision Month is a great time to educate yourself on this important subject. Eating vitamin and anti-oxidant rich foods like spinach, berries and of course carrots can dramatically help protect your eyes from aging and environmental factors and are good for your circulatory system as well. Smoking is a habit that has been linked to a long list of eye and vision problems, from glaucoma to optic nerve inflammation, and should definitely be cut out of your routine. Being obese or even overweight is another risk factor for developing eye issues, especially diabetic eye disease, making watching your body fat as important for eye health as it is for the rest of your body. Not reading, watching TV or using lit up screens, including smartphones, in the darkness is another eye healthy habit to pick up.
Sunglasses And Protective Gear
Another powerful way to protect your eyes from damage on a daily basis is using UV protection sunglasses to filter the powerful rays from the sun. A good example of how powerful these rays are is snow blindness, where skiers or mountain climbers get exposed to very high levels of UV rays because of their altitude or the reflecting quality of the snow and actually lose their vision for a period of time. While much of this damage is short terms and reversible, those that continue to damage their eyes in this way, or receive small amounts of daily damage, can speed up the process of developing chronic eye problem. For this reason, Health Vision Month is a great time to invest in some good quality UV protection sunglasses and if you are engaging in extreme sports like skiing or mountain climbing even more heavy-duty eye protection, like UV protection goggles, is an even better idea.
Using Contact Lenses And Glasses
Correcting poor vision and making up for astigmatism, usually requires the use of either contact lenses and glasses. Let Health Vision Month be your reason to visit the optometrist or other eye care professional and get your vision tested. Using retinoscopy, refraction tests, visual acuity tests and often even more diagnostic measures, your eye care provider can figure out what kind of lens will best suit your needs. Once this is determined, you can select the style of eyeglasses you want to sport and learn more about the different types of contact lenses available. Eyeglasses and contact lenses each have their pros and cons, and many eye care professionals actually recommend that you use both to get maximum benefit and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Other Ways To Celebrate Healthy Vision Month
Healthy Vision Month is a helpful reminder to make eye care an important part of you, your family and your friend's health routine. This is the month to bring in the kids for vision and eye exams, update your glasses or contact lenses prescription and talk to an eye care provider about what you can do to prevent problems in the long run. The National Eye Institute has put together a great list of resources from pre-made social media posts to downloadable posters and other paper materials that you can print out and post in your work or neighborhood.