May is Healthy Vision Month and, if you’ve been putting off your dilated eye exam, it’s time to schedule it!
Like a routine doctor or dentist appointment, seeing your eye doctor regularly is important. Your eyesight and undiagnosed conditions are assessed and treated during these visits. Eye exams are essential for all ages, from preschool to geriatric age. Catching damaging conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma can help counteract eventual blindness.
How Can I Protect My Vision?
Scheduling routine appointments for your dilated eye exam is a great start! You can also:
- Eat dark, leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 acids
- Know your family’s vision history
- Maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke
- Wear proper eye safety gear when working or playing sports
- Wear sunglasses
You should make an appointment with your eye care professional for any eye-related issues. Don’t ignore symptoms such as eye pain or decreased vision, double vision, floaters, or dryness/red eyes, or moments that you see flashes of light.
For more information, check out the CDC page on Healthy Vision Month! You can also visit www.tchdnow.org or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.