Healthy Vision Month – May 2013

Healthy Vision Month: May 2013

CDC’s Vision Health Initiative joins with the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute in encouraging everyone to make vision and eye health a lifetime priority.

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What is Healthy Vision Month about?

In recent years, approximately 4 million persons in the United States over the age of forty had vision impairment.  By 2050, studies have shown that this number may reach 13 million.  The Center for Disease control, along with National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute, want to do all that they can during the month of May to raise awareness about this problem.  They hope to reduce the number of people with vision impairment in the future.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6216a10.htm?s_cid=mm6216a10_e

The problems with vision impairment:

  • Vision impairment is associated with the inability to do various daily activities such as reading, driving a car, preparing meals, and many other things.
  • Vision impairment is also associated with an increased chance for falls, fall-related injuries, depression, and reduced overall health.
  • Millions of people have undetected problems with their vision and eye diseases.  When these go untreated, they can get worse.
  • Vision problems are the one of the most common chronic conditions for people of any age.

http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/50968chronic.care.chartbook.pdf

What can you do to reduce your risk of vision impairment?

  •  Early detection, timely treatment, and the use of proper eye safety practices can prevent or delay vision impairment
  •  Eat right to protect your sight
  •  Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam
  •  Wear protective eyewear
  •  Give your eyes a rest

 

To view more helpful tips on how to prevent vision impairment, you can visit: http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyehealthtips.asp

Just remember to make health vision one of your priorities!
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