02 May 2016
What Others Are Saying
Eye Health Care Tips to Focus on for Healthy Vision Month
Happy May! Did you know that May is recognized as Healthy Vision Month? Established by the National Eye Institute, the initiative encourages Americans to make their eye health a priority and become educated on the precautions to take to protect their vision.
With the World Health Organization’s estimation that 80% of visual impairment can be prevented or cured, it is ever so important that individuals get the vision care they need.
Are your eyes receiving the care they deserve?
If you’re looking to take the first steps toward better eye health, Dr. Andrea Russo of the University of Brescia, supporter of Healthy Vision Month, and designer of the D-EYE Retinal Imaging System offers the following tips.
Dr. Russo's "Four Tips to Focus On" for Better Vision Health:
• Get a dilated eye exam. Your doctor may be able to see abnormalities that are indicators of a variety of illnesses, not just eye diseases, for example diabetes, hypertension and ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) to name just a few.
• Control your intraocular eye pressure (IOP) through diet. Avoid starches and carbohydrates and include foods with vitamins C, E and A, as well as fatty acids and minerals. Lowering stress and exercising frequently is also important. High IOP can lead to glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness. It's a simple, non-invasive test your eye care professional can conduct.
• People over 40 should visit an eye doctor annually, and should have their cornea mapped. Corneal topography is a painless, non-invasive examination useful in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions, including keratoconus, not an uncommon condition in which the eye takes on a conical shape, sometimes requiring surgical intervention.
• Know your family eye health history. Conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration are closely linked to heredity and can be easily tested for, if you know there is a family history of the disease.
Now we ask: Are your eyes receiving the care they deserve?
Celebrate your eyes and your vision this month by scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss the current health of your eyes.