Spring Cleaning for Eye Care & Eye Health

Did you know that May is Healthy Vision Month? As of 2004, blindness or loss of vision affects over 3.3 Americans 40 years of age and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that number is predicted to double by 2030 due to an increase in diabetes and chronic diseases, as well as our aging population.

A few months ago, we shared tips and habits for healthier eyes this spring. As we wrap up Healthy Vision Month, we want to send you off into the following warmer months with more knowledge of eye health strategies to help prevent vision loss and blindness and make eye hygiene a priority.

Get a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), over 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam. Their rationale? If it doesn't feel like their eyes are unhealthy, it isn't a concern. But often, vision-related health depends on preventative care, which starts with getting a comprehensive eye exam. During this annual eye exam, an eye care professional will inspect each eye for signs of vision problems and eye disease.

Know your Family Eye Health History

When you set up an appointment with your primary care physician, you are typically asked questions about your family health history. Did you know that your family's eye health history is just as important? There are many eye diseases - including congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma, retinal degeneration, optic atrophy, and eye malformations - that run in families. Knowing your family's eye health history can help inform whether or not you are at a higher risk for eye disease.

Use Protective Eyewear When Necessary

Protecting your eyes is important, especially when you are working or participating in an activity that puts your eye safety at risk. Whether you play a sport such as baseball or soccer, go for bicycle rides, swim, work in a lab, or even just mow the lawn, wearing protective eyewear is a good precautionary measure. This also includes wearing sunglasses, which protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Eat Healthy and Stay Active

Did you know that what you eat can influence the health of your eyes? A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your vision. Exercise has also been proven to help keep eyes healthy. Aside from short-term benefits, exercising can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk for diabetes and other health problems that potentially lead to vision loss.

Choose Everett & Hurite for Healthy Vision

Taking care of your eyes should be a priority all year round, not just during Healthy Vision Month or this beautiful spring weather. By following these simple tips and habits, such as getting regular eye exams, knowing your family's eye health history, using protective eyewear, and maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits, you can help prevent vision loss and have healthier eyes this spring and in the long run.

At Everett & Hurite, we are committed to helping you maintain healthy vision and provide top-quality eye care services. Don't wait until it's too late; start taking care of your eyes today.

If you are ready for your next eye exam, contact us to schedule an appointment. Let us help you maintain healthy vision for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can allergy season affect my eyes during the spring?

Yes, for many peopl, it can cause itchy eyes and other uncomfortable symptoms. It is important to manage your allergies and take preventative measures to protect your eyes during this time. Some allergy symptoms can cause dry eyes, so keep your eyes moisturized and avoid rubbing them.

How can I protect my eyes from harmful UV rays during the spring season?

One of the best ways to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays is to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to wear them whenever you are outdoors, especially during periods of prolonged sun exposure.

How can I reduce eye strain during the spring?

To reduce eye strain, make sure to take frequent breaks from screen time and practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Additionally, ensure that your workspace is well-lit and your computer screen is at a comfortable distance from your eyes.

How often should I wash my hands to prevent eye infections?

It is recommended to wash your hands frequently, especially before touching your eyes or want to wear contact lenses. This can help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses that can cause eye infections.