Healthy Vision Month

During the month of May, Healthy Vision Month is a time to raise awareness about eye health and strategies to help prevent vision loss and blindness. Make your eye health a priority and learn about the steps you can take to protect your vision.

  1. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs and maybe hereditary
  2. Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness
  3. A healthy diet rich in antioxidants, like Vitamins A and C, is important to your eye health
  4. Blood circulation is improved by exercise, which in turn improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins
  5. Blink frequently when using the computer, especially for prolonged periods
  6. When you're in the sun, wear sunglasses to reduce exposure to eye-damaging UV rays
  7. Watch your weight as being overweight is a major risk factor for developing diabetes which can lead to diabetic eye disease
  8. Anti-reflective lenses can enhance your vision at night
  9. Astigmatism is a common eye problem causing blurred vision
  10. Most people need corrective lenses from 40 years of age for reading
  11. Moving reading materials e.g. newspapers away from you to read clearly indicates that you have a vision problem
  12. Squinting your eyes to see clearly may be due to an eye problem which can be alleviated by corrective glasses
  13. Persistent headaches may be due to eye problems which can be alleviated by corrective glasses
  14. Tissue and toilet paper are made from wood and can scratch your lenses if used to clean them
  15. Spinach and dark leafy vegetables are better than carrots because they contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are good for macular function