Eye Health Awareness Month
Just like we integrate overall good healthcare practices to prevent cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure, there are things we can do to mitigate vision loss.
- Get annual eye exams. Many eye diseases do not have early warning signs and can only be detected through routine examinations by your eye doctor.
- Protect your eye from ultraviolet rays. Wear sunglasses or tinted lenses while outdoors. Many vision problems, including macular degeneration and cataracts, progress faster from exposure to light.
- Wear protective eye gear. When playing sports or while at work, wear protective eyewear to avoid injury to the eye. Protective goggles are relatively inexpensive and can save your sight.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Many health problems such as diabetes can cause vision problems as well. Researchers suggest healthy diets, plenty of exercise and avoidance of harmful substances like tobacco. Take your health seriously to minimize your risk of vision loss.
- Know the facts. Knowing the risk factors and avoiding them can help you avoid vision loss.