Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: September 26, 2019
May is Healthy Vision Month, as recognized by the National Eye Institute. There are many ways you can celebrate Healthy Vision Month- the following suggestions are listed on the NEI’s website.
Get a Comprehensive Dilated Exam
Nothing gives your optometrist a better snap shot of your overall eye health than a dilated exam. CROs also depend on this method to get results for their clinical trials. Some eye conditions, such as glaucoma, are near impossible to diagnose from the patient’s point of view, because they don’t show physical symptoms. Your eye health for certain can only be determined by a trained health care professional with the proper equipment.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
This suggestion can be very broad, considering what is accepted as a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, working out, and making good choices about what goes into your body are basic guidelines for how to lead a healthy life. If you need to cut the diet soda, go for it. If you feel the need to join an intense kettle bell class, by all means. Just make sure that your choices work for you and your schedule, living situation, etc.. To overcome the redundancies of people generally saying to “be healthy”, make the choice yours with professional guidance!
Know your Family History
If your family has a genetic predisposition to astigmatism, cataracts, or even glaucoma, you need to take the necessary steps to either prevent or address these conditions. Keep in mind that having certain risk factors that are not directly relegated to the eye can still affect your eye health. For instance, if you have a strong family history of diabetes, you are susceptible to elevated IOP (intraocular pressure) which could lead to glaucoma.
Use Protective Eye Wear
The world is loaded with risky activities that can result in eye injury. Cutting wood, working with metal, or even playing racquet ball can all cause serious ocular harm if you do not use proper eye protection. For work or play, wear proper protection for your eyes.
UV rays are known to cause damage to your skin with overexposure, but this can apply to your eyes as well. Invest in a pair of sunglasses that protect from 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.