Save Your Vision Month

March 1st, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

March is Save Your Vision Month an opportunity to bring awareness of good eye care and the importance of getting an annual eye examination. Early signs of serious, age-related eye diseases like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration can be detected from an eye exam. Seeing your eye doctor each year promotes overall health and wellness in addition to correcting vision problems. Having an annual eye exam can help prevent and even detect sight-threatening, and in some cases even life threatening conditions

Most of us take our vision for granted with much of our daily lives based on visual stimulation. From work to entertainment, our eyes form a large part of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, most of us don’t think about actual eye care until something goes wrong.

Some of the benefits of regular eye exams are very apparent. For instance, if the power of your eyesight is decreasing or faulty, corrective measures can be taken immediately. This is much healthier compared to putting up with eye strain until it becomes a real problem to see. Eye checks can also tell you a lot about your general state of health. For example, diabetes is very often diagnosed via an eye exam. Other diseases like glaucoma can be quickly detected and treated by going for regular eye tests.

The following tips can also help maintain good vision:

  • Wear sunglasses that block harmful UV light. This harmful light is what causes skin cancer around the eyelids and is a major contributor to the development of macular degeneration.
  • Many people who use computers for long stretches of time tend to complain about symptoms like dry eyes, blurry vision and eye strain. Give your eyes a break at regular intervals. Allow the eyes to look away from the screen.
  • Parents whose kids are involved in after school sports should consider providing them with protective lenses to wear while practicing and playing.
  • Eating healthy can indeed improve the health of your eyes. Eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits as well as getting a good night’s sleep are all important ways to preserve the health of your eyes.

For more information, call Carolina Eye at (910) 295-2100 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357.

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