May is Healthy Vision Month, or a time to take more notice of your eye health. Having healthy eyes is something many people think about only after they begin to have eye health problems. However, once eye diseases and conditions start, the problems have already progressed. Find out common vision issues that can happen with allergies, medications, and daily habits, plus what to notice if there is a bigger issue. We can help correct vision changes that are happening, plus provide you with ways to reduce or eliminate the problems you may have throughout spring and summer!
May is a month where spring sports are in full swing, eye allergies are happening all over the place, and the sun is bright and shining. Spring and summer can bring eye health problems without proper care indoors and outdoors. That is one of the reasons why May is Healthy Vision Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that healthy vision should “be a priority just like eating healthy and [getting] physical activity.” According to them, many preschool children are not seeing well and part of the reason is due to a lack of eye exams and vision screenings. This can lead to developmental problems both with vision and with learning because children can’t physically see what’s being taught in class.
Many eye conditions such as lazy eye, refractive errors, amblyopia and more can be caught in children if they are getting a recommended eye exam between ages 3 and 5. After that time, every patient should visit the eye doctor every 1-2 years for a comprehensive exam to check for vision changes and disease.
There are many problems that can go wrong with your vision. Problems you want to avoid are blurry vision or losing vision partially or altogether. Luckily, the majority of people don’t end up going blind. It’s not something that has to happen during your lifetime, especially if you keep your eyes healthy and you work to prevent eye diseases. However, there are common diseases and conditions that are known for making your vision blurry or taking it away altogether. Those include:
Blindness is not necessarily considered an eye disease, however about 1.3 million Americans over 40 are legally blind. Losing your vision or having low vision tends to happen as you age. Other common, but less serious eye conditions include pink eye (conjunctivitis), blepharitis, flashes, floaters and retinoblastoma.
Eye doctors are trained to notice the smallest abnormalities in the eyes in order to prevent eye diseases and to help you keep healthy eyes. The American Optometric Association recommends that every patient visit the eye doctor at least every 2 years for a comprehensive exam. If you already have vision problems, you should see the eye doctor every year. These exams are incredibly important for finding and treating minor eye problems and keeping healthy eyes so you avoid diseases that cause blindness.
Follow these additional tips to keep healthy eyes:
You may go throughout your entire life with clear vision and no eye problems. However, millions of people have eye problems, and those need to be monitored by a medical professional. Refractive errors of the eyes can grow worse without help, and these types of errors are very easily correctable with glasses and contact lenses. Receiving vision care can help improve your ability to learn and can boost your self-esteem. This is especially important for children as their vision develops during their first 10 years of life. After age 40 and especially after age 60, farsightedness is very common in patients. You should seek out vision care for visual changes, even if they are subtle.
If you don’t regularly see an eye doctor, start that habit today! Millions of people have vision problems that can easily be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or quick surgeries. Practicing methods for healthy vision can help you avoid chronic conditions and eye diseases as you age. Making sure your child has healthy vision early through exams and treatment can help their development. To learn more about how your family can have healthy vision for life and what eye care services we offer, call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 333-2800!