Eat carrots, don't read in the dark or in dim lighting, take frequent breaks away from the screen when using the computer for long periods of time.

We've all received and/or given this advice concerning eye health. Equally as important or maybe even more so, is getting an eye exam routinely. It is recommended that individuals between the ages of 40 and 65 have their vision checked every two to four years. The exception to this is if there is a family history of eye disease, in which case exams should be sought more frequently. Seniors age 65 and older are encouraged to have their vision examined every one to two years.

In 1989 Sears Optical established National Eye Exam Month. August is the month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of both eye health and eye safety. Many doctors of ophthalmology promote eye health/safety during this month, offering free or discounted eye exams to seniors.

Tips for Eye Health/Safety

What are some ways we can maximize our eye health and safety? We will share some tips for doing just that below.

  • When outdoors use UV protected sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Make sure that you have good lighting when you are reading, using the computer, and watching television
  • Take short breaks from electronics usage
  • Don't strain your eyes, get books with large print
  • Get adequate rest
  • Vitamin A and protein consumption
  • Avoid using others eyeglasses
  • Keep sprays such as hairspray away from the eyes
  • To help prevent infection use a clean towel and water to wipe your eyelids when washing your face
  • Don't smoke

Though eye problems can strike anyone, seniors are more prone to them. Two common eye issues are cataracts and glaucoma. Cataract disease is a condition in which the lens of the eye is clouded, and it can result in vision loss. Glaucoma is a condition in which eye pressure causes damage to the optic nerve. This can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Some signs and symptoms may warrant an eye examination before your routine exam. These include: having blurred vision with eyeglass wear, pain in your eye(s), extreme sensitivity to light, eye redness, burning sensation, frequent watering of the eyes, black spots in your line of vision.

If you haven't already had your eye examination, National Eye Exam Month is the perfect time to get one in. Your eye health and safety depend on it.

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