August is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month, a month dedicated to the importance of eye health and safety. You may think you have healthy eyes and have no symptoms of vision problems, but if you are between the ages of 40 and 65, you should have your vision checked every 2-4 years; and at 65+, every 1-2 years.  Some individuals may have a family history of eye disease or a chronic illness that can affect your vision.  This puts you at a greater risk of vision problems, and therefore it is vital that you get your eyes checked more often than most.

 

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Seniors are prone to blurred vision, eye irritation and more.  Symptoms like this occur because the muscles in the eye become weaker. Consult your doctor if you experience:

  • Blurred vision with glasses
  • Extremely sensitive to light
  • Consistent eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • Burning sensation
  • Constant watering
  • Black spots in sight

Although seniors are more prone to eye issues, there are ways they can protect themselves and prevent long-term issues:

  • When washing your face, use a clean towel and water to wipe the lid are to prevent infection
  • Do not use others eye medication or glasses
  • No Smoking
  • Be sure to get a healthy amount of rest
  • Consume Vitamin A and proteins (nuts are perfect!)
  • Do not use sprays (i.e. hairspray) close to the eyes
  • When watching TV, on the computer and/or reading, be sure to have good lighting, take short breaks to rest the eyes and make sure the print is large and clear
  • Do not read in a moving vehicle or bed
  • Use UV protected sunglasses

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