It’s easy to neglect your eye health until it’s too late, which is why the CDC has named May as National Healthy Vision Month. Healthy Vision Month is a time when eye care professionals want to remind everyone that you only have one set of eyes, so treat them right while you can!
Raising awareness for vision health
The CDC has designated May as National Healthy Vision Month in an effort to promote the importance of eye health for the entire population. Far too many people think that if they don’t have any pre-existing conditions and they have perfect vision, then there’s no reason to get an eye exam or take any preventative eye health measures.
This kind of attitude can result in problems that wreak havoc before they are diagnosed. After all, there are many silent eye conditions that don’t display any symptoms in the early stages. For the millions of Americans who live with ocular issues, it’s also important to actively practice proper eye health techniques because they can help slow degeneration and strengthen your vision.
Learning preventative eye care tips
A big part of Healthy Vision Month is promoting tips for healthy-eye living. Fortunately, many of these techniques are also useful when pursuing an overall healthy lifestyle for your body. These include practices such as:
- Wearing protective eyewear when playing sports or performing manual labor
- Taking frequent breaks from device screens (and moving around if at all possible)
- Eating a diet rich in leafy, green vegetables, healthy oils, nuts, and fruits
- Quitting smoking
It really is fairly simple when it’s broken down: eat well, move around as much as you can, and don’t smoke for a healthier you, including your eyes.
Limiting the effects of the sun
May is when the warm weather really kicks into full gear for most of the country, and that means spending extra time outside and enjoying time with friends and family. We all look forward to this time of year for good reason, but it’s also important to remember that sun protection is essential.
UV radiation can damage your eyes and increase the chances of cancer, so be sure to wear eyewear that protects against UVA and UVB rays while you are outside during the daytime. Just like with sunscreen, don’t forget that UV radiation can penetrate clouds, so take precaution even when it’s overcast.
The perfect time for a comprehensive checkup
Healthy Vision Month is a great opportunity to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, whether or not you have any pre existing conditions. The passionate staff at Florida Eye Specialists is here to help you take the best possible care of your eyes, so don’t let this Healthy Vision Month pass by without booking a consultation.