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May is National Healthy Vision Month

By Susan E. Halstead | Families Today
May is National Healthy Vision Month

As we get ready to Spring into Summer, take the time to get a comprehensive eye exam for yourself and your entire family. The National Vision Institute designated May as National Healthy Vision month in 2003 to promote awareness for all age groups about the importance of routine vision care.

Seeing well is not an indicator of good eye health. Many eye diseases go undetected and untreated because they don’t have symptoms or warning signs.

School-aged children have experienced a marked increase in myopia progression (difficulty seeing far away) in large part due their increased reliance on computers, smart phones and decreased outdoor time.

During the pandemic there has been a spike in the need for computer vision glasses and blue light protection because of remote working and zoom meetings.

In addition to comprehensive vision exams, consider improving your family’s dietary intake. Choose eye-healthy foods for the whole family! Try eating more dark leafy greens — like spinach, collard greens, and bok choy — and fish high in omega 3s — like salmon and tuna.

Physical activity can help lower your risk of conditions (like diabetes) that can cause eye health problems. So make family time active time — take a walk outside together or head to the park to play.

A comprehensive eye exam checks for common eye problems and disease. Taking care of your eyes is a priority just like eating healthy and physical activity. 

Healthy vision can help keep you safe each day. 

Celebrate National Heathy Vision Month by scheduling your annual eye exam today!

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT VISION THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW

1. No way to transplant eyeballs, yet Doctors have not yet discovered a way to transplant an eyeball as the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct.

2. No tears for babies

Newborn babies have no tears when they cry and tears only begin to appear after four to 13 weeks.

3. Millions of blind people

Approximately 39 million people in the world are blind and six times that amount are impaired visually.

4. Eyes with different colors

Some people are born with each of their eyes a different color, a condition known as heterochromia.

5. Blind spot

Our eyes have a blind spot in the back of the retina that is not visible to us as both eyes work  together to fill it in.

Susan E. Halstead is a NYS and Nationally Licensed Optician. Susan is the third Owner of Family Vision Care Center for over 25 years, a practice that was first established in 1920. Susan can be reached for comments or questions via text or calls to 518-584-6111. Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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