May is Healthy Vision Month. Every year, the National Eye Institute takes this opportunity to encourage everyone to make their eye health a priority and informs them about steps they can take to protect their vision that includes (but are not limited to):
1. Getting regular comprehensive dilated eye exams.
2. Knowing your family’s eye health and overall health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a systemic or eye disease or condition as some are hereditary.
3. Eating right. In particular, make an effort to eat plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, as well as cold water fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, trout, and halibut.
4. Maintaining a healthy weight.
5. Wearing protective eye wear at the workplace and while enjoying sports or doing activities around the home, such as home repairs and work around the yard.
6. Wearing sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation as UVA and UVB highly contribute to sight-threatening conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
7. Washing your hands before taking out your contact lenses and cleaning and disinfecting them properly to avoid infection.
8. Avoiding smoking or being around second hand smoke as much as possible.