Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March is Save Your Vision Month!

Happy Save Your Vision Month!  

Vision is something that most of us probably take for granted, especially if we have young, healthy eyes and are satisfied with how we currently see.  Consider this, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.4 million Americans 40+ are either blind or visually impaired and approximately 11% of Americans 20+ with diabetes have some form of visual impairment. You might note that young eyes are not always healthy eyes, and vice versa.  So, what can you do to keep your eyes healthy?

Well, the good news is there are actually a number of things you can do to keep your eyes as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

  • Sunglasses- they are more than just a fashion statement, invest in a good pair and wear them often!
  • Don’t smoke- in case you need to be told again, smoking is bad for you and for your eyes!  If you smoke, quit!  If you don’t, keep up the good work!
  • Stay Healthy- maintain a healthy weight and keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in check.
  • Exercise- that’s right, exercising is good for your mind, body and eyes! 
  • Wear Eye Protection- According to a 2002 National Health Interview Survey, more than 80% of children do not wear eye protection when participating in sports that increase the risk of eye injury.
  • Eat a balanced diet- according to the American Optometric Association (AOA) it is true that carrots are good for your eyes, the beta-carotene present in the carrots helps with night vision howevr it is spinach and other dark, leafy greens such as kale that really take the prize as the healthiest foods for our eyes because they contain large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin. 
  • Schedule routine eye exams with Complete Family Eyecare– dilated eye exams can be critical in early detection and treatment of diseases that can cause visual impairment.

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