Sunday, May 1, 2011

May is Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month

The month of May has been named Healthy Vision Month. This observance was declared in May 2003 by the National Eye Institute, a division of the US Department of Health and Human services. Focus for the month is on making healthy vision a priority across the nation and to draw attention to the many undetected vision conditions and diseases such as AMD, Glaucoma, and Amblyopia that can be uncovered through routine vision screening and comprehensive eye exams.

Your Checklist to Healthy Eyes this May:

1. Schedule an appointment to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam including dilation. Parents should schedule an appointment for their child's vision screening as early as 6 months of age.

2. Be aware of your family vision history - from wearing glasses to eye diseases such as AMD or glaucoma.

3. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses in the outdoors and protective eyewear for sports. Parents and educators should keep continued focus on children's toys and possible dangers to the eyes.

4. Eat right including a diet rich in fruits, vegetables (leafy greens and carrots are particularly beneficial) as well as omega-3 fatty acids (from fish).

5. Keep your eyes clean. Wash your hands frequently (especially important for contact lens wearers). Make-up wearers be sure to heed the advice of these eye makeup safety tips and toss out your eye makeup and get a clean start.

6. Give your eyes a rest to prevent eyestrain. If using a computer, reading, or watching TV take a break every 20 minutes. Give your body and eyes a break by getting proper amounts of sleep.

7. Quit smoking - its not just bad for your body and those around you, it is bad for eyes too.

For more info on Healthy Vision Month -
The NEI has set up the Healthy Eyes Website where you can learn about what is included in a comprehensive eye exam including dilation of the pupil, send e-cards, find a list of themed text messages and more.