May: Healthy Vision Month
Whenever your throat starts to hurt or your nose starts to run, you make an appointment with your primary care physicians and take care of the issue. But – what about when it comes to your eyes? In most cases, the eyes are overlooked when it comes to health because they do not show immediate signs or symptoms. In an effort to promote the importance of eye health and getting a yearly eye exam, the National Eye Institute, designated May as the official Healthy Vision Month.
In order to promote Eye Health, we’ve compiled a list of ways to protect your vision and upkeep healthy vision.
Ways to Protect Your Vision
- Schedule and get regular dilated eye exams.
- Beware of your family’s eye health history, to determine if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease/condition, as some can be hereditary.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Wear UV protection eyewear when outdoors.
- If you smoke, quit smoking.
- Wear protective eyewear when playing sports.
- Wash your hands before touching your eyes or removing contact lenses.
Vision health not only benefits your eyes, but it also benefits your overall health. People who have poor vision health are more likely to have diabetes, poor hearing, high blood pressure, lower back pain, and strokes, as well as having a higher chance of falling or injury. That’s why it’s important to get an annual dilated eye exam.
If it’s been some time since your last eye exam, schedule your FREE eye exam at a Stanton Optical location near you!