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Healthy Vision Month – Stay Focused

Healthy Vision Month – Stay Focused

October 9, 2018

From the moment you wake up until you go to bed at night, your eyes are working to bring you the world. Your eyes deliver 80% of the information you absorb every day— your family, friends, job and all the activities you enjoy! In support of Healthy Vision Month in May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is encouraging everyone to take charge of his or her eye health.

An estimated 37 million adults in America have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, all of which can cause visual impairment or blindness. However, recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular eye exams can help reduce a person’s risk of vision loss. “Early diagnosis to many eye diseases is key to help maintain and preserve eyesight,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner.

The AAO reports more than 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam. While many Americans visit their primary care physician for a physical and schedule regular dentist appointments, some forget about eye exams. The National Eye Institute (NEI) shares the following five tips to encourage people to take care of their vision.

  1. Get an eye examIf your eyes feelhealthy, it’s easy to assume they are But getting an eye exam is the only way to be sure. Many serious eye diseases don’t have any warning signs — so you could have an eye problem and not know it. Getting an eye exam is the single best way to stay on top of your eye health!
  2. Know your family’s eye health historyTalking to your family members about their eye health can help you find out if you’re at higher risk for eye disease. If you learn that eye diseases run in your family, talk with your eye doctor.
  3. Wear sunglassesSunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays — and help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp. When shopping for shades, look for a pair that blocks out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
  4. Give your eyes a restIf you spend a lot of time at the computer, you may sometimes forget to blink — and that can tire out your eyes. To reduce eyestrain, try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your work and focus about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
  5. Eat eye-healthy foodsA diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables — especially dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale — is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids — like salmon, tuna, and halibut — can also help protect your vision. For those that don’t enjoy this type diet, Dr. Shofner suggests *vision supplements to his patients.

* Consult your ophthalmologist and primary care physician before taking vision supplements, as some can interact with other medications and shouldn’t be taken by people with certain health conditions.

As a health professional, it’s our job to help make eye health a priority. Contact Shofner Vision Center to schedule your comprehensive eye exam. Accepting new patients age 10 years and older. Visit us online or call (615) 340-4733 today.

Healthy Vision Month – Stay Focused

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