Healthy Vision Month is a wonderful time to learn how to protect your eyes now to prevent vision loss in the future. Vision loss does not need to be a symptom of getting older as most vision problems are preventable! Do what you can now to keep your eyes healthy later. Here are a few examples provided by the National Eye Institute: Wear sunglasses (even on cloudy days!), make sure your pair blocks out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB radiation; Eat eye-healthy foods such as dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale, and/or fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon or tuna; get plenty of physical activity; and give your eyes a rest! Practice 20-20-20 throughout the day when looking at any screen- every 20 minutes, look away from the screens and focus 20 feet in front of you for at least 20 seconds. Finally, PROTECT YOUR EYES at work and at play! About 2,000 people a day get a serious work-related eye injury in the US. Wearing protective eyewear, like safety glasses, goggles, and safety shields can help protect your eyes from injury.
Keep up with your eye health by having a comprehensive eye exam that checks for vision threatening diseases as well as any correction you may need to see better. Get our iWellness scan done to have a base-line of what your healthy retina looks like to have something to compare to if you develop symptoms later. If you are over 65, think about having your eyes dilated during your exam so the Doctor can have a wider look at the back of your eyes.
Call us today at 207-625-3700 to schedule an eye exam!