When was the last time you got your eyes checked? It’s very easy to take healthy vision for granted. That’s why Berkeley Eye Center is joining with the National Eye Institute and other organizations to promote May as Healthy Vision Month in an effort to make people aware of the importance of eye and vision health. If it’s been a while since you had a comprehensive eye examination, now’s the perfect time to make an appointment with your eye doctor.
People make regular trips to their physician and dentist for routine checkup — why not to their eye doctor? Most adults agree that loss of eyesight would have a devastating impact on their everyday lives. Despite this, many adults have never had an eye exam, mostly because they don’t think they have an eye problem!
You may not have an eye problem right now, or think you don’t have one, but that could change in an instant. It’s estimated that 61 million adults in the U.S. are at high risk for serious vision loss; the most common eye diseases are diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and adult macular degeneration. There are over 800,000 eye injuries in the workplace each year. And every 13 minutes, someone in the U.S. goes to the hospital after a sports-related eye injury.
Some Tips to Maintain Healthy Vision
The National Eye Institute has many recommendations to ensure help keep your eyes and vision at peak health:
- Schedule a regular dilated eye examination with an eye care professional. A comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect eye diseases in their earliest stages along with other health problems like multiple sclerosis and heart disease.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Watch your weight, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, and eat a diet rich in eye healthy proteins (eggs, cold water fish), fruits (oranges and other citrus fruits), vegetables (kale, carrots) and nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds) to protect your vision and your overall health.
- Know your family history. Since many eye conditions are hereditary, knowing your family history can help you determine if you’re at risk.
- Wear protective eyewear. The right safety eyewear can prevent injuries on the job, around the house, or while playing sports. Make sure the protective eye wear is appropriate for the task.
- Wear sunglasses all year. The Sun’s ultraviolet rays are just as bad for your eyes as they are for your skin. Sunglasses that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation shut out the glare and protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses should be worn year round — not just to protect your eyes while you’re at the beach in summer, but also in winter to protect your eyes while you’re up on the slopes.
Berkeley Eye Center Wants Every Month to be Healthy Vision Month
The eye care professionals at Berkeley Eye Center want you to have the healthiest vision possible. We’ve been protecting the health of Houstonians and residents of surrounding communities for over 60 years.
From comprehensive eye exams, custom frames and lenses to the latest LASIK eye surgery and oculoplastics procedures, Berkeley Eye Center offers our patients a complete range of eye and vision health services. We have locations all over Houston and surrounding communities, so call and schedule your eye exam today!