Maintain Your Clear Vision for a Bright Future

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By Erin Pittman

Healthy Vision Month, observed annually in May, serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining good eye health and taking proactive steps to protect our vision. This month-long observance aims to raise awareness about the importance of regular eye exams, early detection of eye conditions, and adopting healthy habits to preserve vision.

It’s easy to take our vision for granted sometimes. Healthy Vision Month serves as a gentle nudge to actively prioritize our eye health. Regular eye exams are at the top of the list when it comes to preventive eye care. Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration, often develop without noticeable symptoms in their early stages. Routine eye exams can help detect these conditions early, when treatment is most effective, and prevent potential vision loss. During Healthy Vision Month, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an eye care professional, if it’s been more than a year since your last exam or if you are experiencing changes in your vision.

In addition to regular eye exams, adopting healthy habits can significantly impact eye health. Proper nutrition plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help protect against age-related eye conditions and promote overall eye health. Similarly, staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking can reduce the risk of eye diseases and
preserve vision.

Protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays is a key protective factor. Prolonged exposure can increase the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays whenever outdoors, even on cloudy days.

Screen time has become an integral part of our days, but excessive use of digital devices can cause eye strain. Avoiding screens is nearly impossible, so try practicing the 20-20- 20 rule: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to stare at something 20 feet away. Additionally, adjusting screen brightness and using blue light-blocking glasses or screen filters can alleviate eye strain.

Pencil this annual observance into your calendars and plan to celebrate Healthy Vision Month each May. Give your eyes the celebratory gifts of an annual eye exam, a fresh new pair of blue light blockers, and a few extra helpings of veggies throughout the month.

Erin Pittman is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living. She requires reading glasses to see the page in front of her clearly these days but is grateful for her husband, three children, and snuggly pets that fill her wider field of vision each day.

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