Resources to Promote Healthy Vision Month
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Eye Health and Protecting Your Vision
May is Healthy Vision Month, an observance coordinated by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, to encourage Americans to take care of their eyes and protect their vision.
Approximately 38 million Americans have common eye disease such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts. That’s nearly 1 out 8 Americans. That number is expected to rise to 56 million by the year 2030, making it more important than ever for Americans to get the vision care they need.
How to Make Your Vision Last a Lifetime
Get a Dilated Eye Exam
During this procedure, drops are placed in the eye to widen or dilate the pupils. The back of the eye is examined to look for early signs of eye diseases.
Take a Look at Your Family History
Many eye conditions are hereditary. Talking to family members about their eye health history can help determine if there is a higher risk for developing an eye disease.
Use Protective Eyewear
Wearing approved safety glasses and goggles, safety shields and eye guards can help prevent eye injury. Sunglasses are important for eye care, especially those that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation.
Eat Healthy Foods and Maintain a Healthy Weight
Dark leafy greens, such as spinach, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, can help people protect their vision.
Quit Smoking or Never Start
Smoking may cause some eye diseases. Warning: Smoking causes vision loss and blindness. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of the body.
These are just a few steps to get Americans on the path to better vision.
To learn more about keeping your eyes healthy, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes.
To learn more about Healthy Vision Month and to access resources for sharing with family and friends, such as prewritten Facebook posts and Tweets, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/hvm.