Are You Seeing This? August is National Eye Exam Month
Did you know August is National Eye Exam Month? It's a good reminder to schedule an eye exam for you and your family if you have not had one in a while. There are plenty of reasons why it's important to take good care of your eyes and take proper precautions. Regular eye exams can help identify eye diseases early and protect your vision. Also, people with poor vision are more likely than those with healthy vision to get serious diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, as well as have increased risk for falls and injury. Your eye doctor may be able to spot those conditions early and help you get the treatment you need right away. Early detection and treatment can prevent blindness and improve quality of life for millions of Americans.
Here are some ways you can help protect your vision:
- Keep your eyes at least an arm’s length from a computer screen and 16 inches from a handheld device.
- Wear sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation whenever you go outside in the sun.
- If you wear contact lenses remember to always store lenses in fresh solution to prevent serious infections. Always wash you hands before touching your contacts.
- Wear safety glasses or goggles when using power tools or for things like yard work and doing basic home repairs.
- Get a complete eye exam during which the doctor dilates your pupils with drops to help determine if you are at risk for vision problems.
- Eat a well balanced diet that include green, leafy vegetables, salmon, tuna eggs, nuts, oranges or beans.
- Try to quit smoking since smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts and damages your eye nerve.
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