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May is Healthy Vision Month
- Posted on: May 15 2023
May is Healthy Vision Month and Tower Clock Eye Center has some suggestions how to keep your eyes seeing, and being, healthy!
To maintain healthy vision we must take care of our eyes similar to how we care for the rest of our bodies. Vision is so important to daily life, and following some basic tips can help prevent disease from reducing our ability to see.
Comprehensive dilated eye exam
It’s vital to regularly schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Your eye doctor uses drops to expand the pupil, allowing for a closer examination of all the structures in the eye and to screen for early stages of many common eye diseases. Your doctor will also determine your vision’s prescription if you need glasses or contacts.
If you haven’t had a dilated eye exam in a while, May is a great time to schedule one!
Easy eye care tips
- In addition to a comprehensive dilated eye exam, it’s important to learn the history of your family’s eye health. Many eye conditions are inherited, so providing this to your eye doctor helps detect eye disease earlier.
- Healthy foods promote healthy eyes. Dark, leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids help to maintain healthy eyes and vision.
- 20 – 20 – 20 rule: For every 20 minutes of screen time, take 20 seconds to look at an object roughly 20 feet away.
- Wear sunglasses often, and make sure they block at least 99% of harmful UVA and UVB radiation.
- Be sure to wash your hands before handling contact lenses and clean the lenses thoroughly to prevent an eye infection.
- Protective eyewear is important during activities where eyes could be injured. Everyday activities such as yard work, gardening, home and auto repairs, and athletics, all require eye protection. This includes the workplace as well.
- Dry, irritated eyes can often be remedied with eye drops or a warm compress over the eyes for several minutes. Give it a try the next time your eyes feel irritated.
During a comprehensive eye exam your eye doctor screens for many common eye conditions and diseases including:
- Retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Refractive error
Healthy eyes often benefit your overall health. People with healthy eyes are less likely to be overweight, have diabetes, have heart problems, suffer from stroke and lower back pain. Those will poor vision are also at greater risk for falls causing injury, as well as depression.
If it’s been awhile since your last eye exam, Healthy Vision Month is a great time to schedule with Tower Clock Eye Center by calling 920 499-3102.