The National Eye Institute (NEI) created Healthy Vision Month 15 years ago. Their goal was to spread awareness of eye illnesses while encouraging everyone to protect their vision with good habits.
What can you do to help NEI reach its goal this May?
- Protect your eyes from the sun:
We often spend time under the sun, especially during the warmer seasons. The sun can be harmful to your eyes. Always wear sunglasses that are designed to block UVA and UVB rays.
- Make yourself aware and understand your family history:
Family genes could affect your eye health. Learn about family history so you educate yourself on signs of genetic diseases. More than 60% of childhood blindness is caused by genetic factors like ocular malformations and congenital glaucoma.
- Maintain a healthy diet and be active:
A healthy lifestyle will also improve your vision. Eat a nutritious diet, take eye vitamins, and drink plenty of water. Exercise should be a part of your daily activity. Good habits will make you feel better and help you see better for longer!
- Schedule a comprehensive (medical) eye exam
An ophthalmologist is your biggest ally when it comes to vision health. They will monitor you for signs of illness or injury. In some cases, they may be able to detect problems prior to experiencing symptoms. A comprehensive eye screening performed yearly (even if you are not experiencing vision changes/symptoms).
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