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Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Healthy Vision Month
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Vision Health for All Ages  

Taking care of your eyes should be a priority just like eating healthy and physical activity. Healthy vision can help keep you safe each day. To keep your eyes healthy, get a comprehensive dilated eye exam to check for common vision problems and eye diseases. It’s the best way to find out if you are in the early stages of any eye-related diseases. 

Ways you can help protect your vision 

  1. Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams. 

  2. Know your family’s eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, since some are hereditary. 

  3. Eat right to protect your sight and maintain a healthy weight. 

  4. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home, such as painting, yard work, and home repairs. 

  5. Quit smoking or never start. 

  6. Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. 

  7. Wash your hands before taking out your contacts  to avoid infection. 

  8. Practice workplace eye safety. 
     

Eyes and Overall Health 

Taking care of your eyes may also benefit your overall health. Vision problems and general health conditions go hand-in-hand. People with vision problems are more likely to also have conditions such as diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, high blood pressure, lower back pain and strokes, as well as have increased risk for falls, injury and depression. 

In addition to your comprehensive dilated eye exams, visit an eye care professional if you have 

  • Decreased vision 

  • Eye pain 

  • Persistent drainage or redness of the eye 

  • Double vision 

  • Diabetes 

  • Increased Floaters (tiny specks that appear to float before your eyes) 

  • Circles (halos) around light sources 

  • Flashes of light 

For Healthy Vision Month, remember to take care of your eyes to make them last a lifetime. 

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Posted on 05/05/2020 10:18 AM by Kayla Patt
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