When was the last time you had your eyes checked? May is a great month to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor as its Healthy Vision Month. The National Eye Institute (NEI) established this month in May 2003 to set a national observance of eye health and wellness. Keeping your eyes healthy is imperative. Here are a few simple ways that you can proactively maintain your eyes healthy.
Get a checkup. The old, “tell me what letter this is” from top to bottom still exists at the eye doctor’s office (and for a good reason). It’s essential to get your eyes looked at by a professional to make sure you’re in good eye health, possess good vision and are free of diseases.
Protect your eyes with protective eyewear. Whether you’re playing sports, cutting down a tree, or reading a book, it’s essential to wear the proper eyewear needed to prevent any injuries to your eyes. Pick out a pair of cool sunglasses to wear all summer long to protect against the harsh rays from the sun.
Take a break from screens. You can develop a severe strain in your eyes from staring at a computer screen or your phone for too long. Taking a break from looking at your screen can significantly benefit your eyes. When possible, take a break from looking at screens.
Eat smart. Several foods boost the health of your eyes. Head over to the local farmers’ market with this list of eye boosting foods.
During this month, take advantage of resources on how to take care of your eyes. Visit one of the local Optometrists in your city for more information.