March is Save Your Vision Month and Workplace Eye Health & Safety Month. Let’s explore both of these initiatives and find out how they can help you maintain clear vision.
Detect Cataracts, Glaucoma and AMD Early
The goal of Save Your Vision Month is to increase awareness about the importance of quality eye care. The American Optometric Association recommends Americans of all ages visit an eye doctor for a yearly eye exam.
A comprehensive eye exam with dilation promotes early detection of conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. When eye disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it is much easier to treat, and the outcome is more favorable. Conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration often do not have symptoms early on, so prompt intervention is necessary to prevent vision loss.
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month
Every year, over 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace. Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month reminds us to be intentional and mindful of eye-healthy practices. If your eyes may be exposed to chemicals or flying debris, protect your vision with appropriate eyewear like safety glasses, safety goggles or face masks.
You might think that eye injuries only happen on construction sites and on factory floors, but eye damage can occur in any setting. One of the greatest hazards to eye safety is digital eye strain. Staring at digital screens for multiple hours per day can cause eye fatigue, blurred vision, neck and back pain and dry eye. If not treated properly, digital eye strain can threaten productivity in the workplace.
A simple, effective way to relieve the symptoms of digital eye strain is to follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will allow your eyes to relax as you find a new focal point (source: Rebuild Your Vision).
Schedule an Eye Exam to Help Insure Vision Health
March is the ideal time to make an eye exam appointment and renew your commitment to healthy vision. Your ophthalmologist will test you for refractive errors, focusing problems and eye conditions, and you can discuss the results of your comprehensive eye exam that day. You can leave your appointment knowing you have the most updated prescription for your vision needs.
If you have concerns about digital eye strain or eye safety in the workplace, discuss these issues with your ophthalmologist. Quality eye care is just a phone call away.