2020: The Year of Excellent Vision
Tennessee Retina is gearing up for 2020 by ensuring that everyone has access to the tools and information necessary to make eye health a "focus" throughout the year.
Healthy eyes are important, but are often overlooked as a part of overall health. Despite the preventable nature of some visual impairments, many people don't get the recommended screenings. A visit to your eye care professional is a great place to start for detection of any common vision problems and eye diseases. Common vision problems often have no warning signs, and with the correct treatment and early response actions, vision loss can be minimized to help ensure you are seeing life to its full potential. Healthy vision can help keep people safe when behind the wheel, and strengthens the ability to continue to participate in sports or work on the job or around the home. Good vision also helps to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle well into a person’s later years. Educating and engaging families, communities, and the Nation is imperative to ensuring people have the information, resources, and tools needed to maintain good eye health. In 2020, Tennessee Retina is encouraging everyone to make good eye health their new goal this year!
Follow these eye health tips in your daily routine:
- Eat Healthy: Include leafy green vegetables and foods with antioxidants and other nutritional value
- Quit Smoking: It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems.
- Wear Sunglasses: The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Use Safety Eyewear: If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles. If you or your child plays sports, ensure they wear the proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries.
- Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly: Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best. Eye exams can also find retina diseases that have no symptoms and catch them early on.
Information courtesy of HealthyPeople.gov