May is Healthy Vision Month! Healthy vision starts with healthy choices. Studies show that a diet rich in zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, antioxidants, Omega3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin will keep your eyes healthy for years to come.
Tip: Eat a rainbow every day! Dark leafy greens, yellow and orange fruits, red and blue berries, etc, etc… The best way to get the vitamins you need is to eat a wide variety of healthy foods.
In addition to healthy foods, your eyes depend on exercise to keep the blood and oxygen moving to reach them. Moderate exercise a few times a week can go a long way to preventing eye disease as you age. It’s especially difficult for people who work in sedentary office settings to get the recommended exercise they need.
Tip: Do you work at a desk? Take a few breaks during the day to get up and walk around. Even just a few minutes of movement can have a positive effect on your circulation. If you can, work at a standing or cycling desk to help keep you moving throughout the day.
Notice anything off about your vision? If you’re a healthy adult, you most likely won’t need an eye exam every year. However, if you notice any vision issues, such as more floaters than usual, ocular migraines, or anything else unusual, it doesn’t hurt to check. Book an eye exam if you think there might be something wrong, because with eyes, early intervention is key to protecting your vision.
These are just a few ways you can think about your eye health and protect your vision for years to come.
For more information about eye health, visit the National Eye Institute’s page about Healthy Vision Month.
June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness. The longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. As with many eye conditions, early detection and treatment is key.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Symptoms of a cataract include:
- Faded colors
- Blurry vision
- Halos around light
- Trouble with bright lights
- Difficulty seeing at night
Most cataracts develop with age, and some are the result of injury to the eye. Rarely, an infant is born with or develops a cataract; congenital cataracts sometimes requires surgery to correct.
To learn more about cataracts, visit All About Vision’s page.
The NACOR Exam is scheduled for June 1st – June 2nd,2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Please note that these dates are subject to change. Visit the NACOR website for more information.
July is UV Safety Month. Did you know that UV rays can penetrate cloud cover? Did you know you can get a sunburn on your eyes? Wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes all year round, not just in the summer.
Visit The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Summer UV Eye Safety page for more information.
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! Make eye exams a part of your back to school routine. Children’s eyes can change rapidly, so it’s a good idea to get them checked every year. Luckily, Alberta Health covers eye exams for kids! Learn more about how often to get an eye exam on our Frequency of Eye Exams page.
Did you know: Early detection of children’s eye conditions like Strabismus or Amblyopia is important for intervention; Make sure you get your child screened at least once before they are school aged, to detect any problems that can be corrected in their first years of life.
Learn more about Children’s Eye Health and Safety from the Alberta Association of Optometrists.