May 2012

Healthy Vision for a Lifetime

Most of us take our eyesight for granted—unless something goes wrong. May is Healthy Vision Month, so it’s a great time to learn how to make healthy vision last a lifetime.

Eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy affect millions of Americans, robbing many of their vision. “Thankfully, in the last decade, medical researchers have developed highly effective, sight-saving treatments,” says Dr. Paul A. Sieving, director of NIH’s National Eye Institute. “However, these treatments are only effective if the disease is diagnosed before it causes vision loss.”

Several eye disorders have no early warning signs. They can only be detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Having regular exams is the best way to protect your eye health.

Keep your vision at its best. Learn more at www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes.

Tips for Eye Health

  • Know your family history. Some eye disorders are inherited. Talk with your eye care professional about your family’s eye health.
  • Eat right to protect your sight. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C may help your eye health.
  • Give it a rest. Work at a computer? Every 20 minutes, look about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds to reduce eyestrain.
  • Let the sun shine. Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  • Clean hands for a clear vision. Wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Disinfect and replace them as instructed.