Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Most people don’t think about their eyesight until something happens to it. Statistics from the National Eye Institute show as many as 23 million Americans over the age of 18 have never had an eye exam.
May serves as Healthy Vision Month, and Harbin Clinic Eye Center Rome wants to remind everyone to take time to make eye health a priority.
Get Your Eyes Checked
“We encourage our patients to come in for a yearly eye exam not only to help with their vision, but so we can check to make sure that there are no warning signs for other health issues,” Dr. David Herren says.
Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the best way to check to see if your eyes are healthy. Eye exams not only help detect eye diseases but can also provide warning signs of other health issues, including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer and more.
Eye Health Tips
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Eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can all help lower the risk of eye disease.
Know Your Family History
Talking to your family members including parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles about their eye health history can help. Knowing if any of these family members have been diagnosed with eye disease is important, because some eye diseases are hereditary.
Protecting your eyes while working around the house or in the yard, playing sports or at your job is vital. Talk to your eye doctor about wearing the appropriate type of protective eyewear for your sport or job.
Shade Your Eyes
Sunglasses aren’t just fashion accessories. They can help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Prolonged exposure to sunlight without protection can lead to an increased risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and other eye conditions.
“By following these simple steps and having a yearly eye exam, people can make sure they have good vision for years to come,” Dr. Herren says.
To learn more visit Harbin Clinic Eye Care or call 762-235-3200 to schedule an appointment for your eye exam.