If you have a vision problem… would you know it? That's one of the questions the National Eye Institute is putting before the public this May for Healthy Vision Month. According to the National Eye Institute, More than 23 million Americans age 18 and older have never had an eye exam. Why? They don't think they have an eye problem. It makes sense. If you feel like you see well – or good enough – why get your eyes checked? If nothing noticeable has changed, why schedule an extra appointment? Unfortunately, many eye diseases do not reveal symptoms in the early stages. So, while everything may look normal, an eye condition could be developing without your knowledge. The National Eye Institute predicts that by 2030…
- 11.4 million people will have diabetic retinopathy
- 4.2 million will have glaucoma
- 3.7 million will have age-related macular degeneration
What Can You Do For Your Eye Health?The National Eye Institute advises…
- Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
- Use protective eyewear during sports and other recreational activities.
- Know your family's eye health history.
- Wear sunglasses that block out 99-100% of UVA/UVB rays.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating healthy foods, not smoking, and managing chronic health conditions.
Eating Right for Better Vision & Eye HealthIf you want to start eating right for better vision and eye health, the research shows that you should focus on getting these nutrients:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E