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Save Your Vision Month

Save Your Vision Month

It’s Save Your Vision Month, and you can protect your vision in your day-to-day life. Between 8.2 and 15.9 million people’s vision issues are from a correctable problem that could be treated by your eye doctor, so your first priority to save your vision is regular eye checkups.

Smoking is an irritant to your eyes, but it’s also a major risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), plus it’s a leading cause of preventable diseases. Quit smoking now.

Quit Smoking for Your Vision

 

Diabetes can take a toll on your vision. Learn more about diabetic eye disease and how you can protect your eyes.

Eye infections from handling your contact lenses incorrectly can cause real damage. Make sure you know how to handle contacts safely.

If you work in a manufacturing or trade field, it can be extremely important to cover your eyes with appropriate eye gear, like goggles or a mask. Even when working on home improvements or in the yard, it can be a good idea to wear protective eye gear for tasks, like trimming tree branches.

Using Protective Eye Gear

 

With the rise of technical jobs and computers on every desk, eye strain has increased, causing dry eyes and blurry vision. People frequently blink less looking at their computer. Keep eyedrops or a humidifier handy in your work area to avoid dry eyes.

Preventing Eye Dryness

 

You might not be able to cut back screen use at work or home, but changing the lighting to use less blue light in the evenings or wearing new special eye glasses that filter blue light can help you avoid eye strain and sleep better.

Avoiding Eye Strain
Contact Lens Safety Month

Contact Lens Safety Month

It’s Contact Lens Safety Month, and we’ll have tips to help protect your eyes each day this week.

Always make sure you get contact lens prescriptions from an eye doctor and get instructions on lens care when you first get contacts.

Lenses from Your Doctor

 

Don’t reuse contact lens solution. It loses its ability to disinfect them, so use fresh solution each time you take your lenses out.

Fresh Contact Solution

 

Don’t use saline solution for cleaning your lenses. Saline solution is best for rewetting your contacts, but it won’t clean or disinfect them.

When to Use Saline Solution

 

Never re-wet your contacts with saliva. Your mouth is not sterile, and it can easily cause eye infections.

Rewetting Your Contacts

 

If your contacts are bothering you, don’t ignore it. Irritation can be a sign of infections or other problems, so take them out as soon as possible.

Eye Irritation and Contacts

 

Take out your contacts before you shower or swim. Your lenses can trap bacteria from water against your eyes and cause serious infections.

Water and Your Contact Lenses

 

Unless your contacts are specifically designed to wear through the night, never sleep in your contacts. Your lenses can trap bacteria in your eyes, and it’s good to have oxygen flow.

Your Contacts and Sleeping
Children’s Vision and Learning Month

Children’s Vision and Learning Month

It’s Children’s Vision and Learning Month, and you’d be surprised how important vision can be to learning.

1 in 10 children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their ability to learn.

Children's Vision and Learning

 

20/20 vision means you can see at a distance, but it doesn’t mean a child can focus, coordinate, and track with their eyes, which can impact their performance in school.

Vision and Focus at School

 

Children with vision problems can be misdiagnosed with ADHD because they have poor reading comprehension, skip or reread lines, take longer to do school work, or show a short attention span.

Mistaken ADHD Diagnoses Based on Vision Issues

 

Teaching your kids skills like using scissors, drawing, painting, and handwriting before school can help them establish hand-eye coordination, be ahead in school, and help you spot potential eye problems.

Teaching Hand-Eye Coordination

 

School vision screenings provide less than 4% of the eye tests needed to help kids see, and they can miss up to 75% of vision problems.

School Vision Screenings

 

61% of children who were found to have eye problems through school screenings are never taken to the doctor to get help.

Going to the Eye Doctor

 

Yearly comprehensive vision exams with an eye doctor are the best way to protect your child’s sight and make sure they’re prepared to learn at school.

Blindness Awareness Month

Blindness Awareness Month

It’s Blindness Awareness Month, and blindness affects more people than most realize.

Worldwide, over 285 million people are visually impaired, and over 39 million of those people are completely blind.

The Rate of Blindness

 

10 million Americans have retinal diseases, which affect the tissue at the back of your eye. They can get worse over time.

Retinal Diseases

 

Some people lose peripheral and night vision without losing their central vision. It depends on how retinal diseases affect them.

Losing Types of Vision

 

Retinal diseases include macular degeneration. Many people go blind over time with macular degeneration.

Symptoms of retinal diseases include seeing flecks, blurred vision, poor side vision, or vision lost.

Retinal Disease Symptoms

 

If you’re worried you’re suffering from a retinal disease, your eye doctor can run some tests and talk to you about treatment options.

Tests for Retinal Diseases

 

There are ways to take it easy on your eyes, like having your glasses prescription updated and choosing appliances made for low vision.

Making It Easy for Your Eyes
National Eye Exam Month

National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month, and 12.2 million Americans require some sort of vision correction but don’t use any, according to the Vision Council of America.

Almost 50% of children under 12 have never seen an eye care professional. Eye exams can help you fix issues early.

Eye Exams for Kids

 

1 in 4 kids have vision problems, and it’s a common reason for them to fall behind in school. Eye exams could help stop reading problems in their tracks.

Read Better with Glasses

 

Many eye diseases have no symptoms. Eye exams can help your doctor catch serious issues early.

 

Many eye conditions can be improved if they’re caught early, especially in children. Schedule an eye exam for your kids.

Fight Eye Problems Fast

 

Eye exams can also help spot other problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Window to Your Health

 

If you’re having unexplained headaches, your eye doctor might be able to help. It may be as simple as updating your prescription.

Fighting Headaches with Your Eyes

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Protecting Your Eyes for Contact Lens Health Week

Contact Lens Health Week

It was Contact Lens Health Week, and healthy habits = healthy eyes.

Contact Lens Health Week

 

Avoid eye infections with these smart tips.

Changing Your Contacts

 

Start early with healthy contact lens habits.

Caring for Your Contacts and Eyes

 

Have kids who wear contacts? Teach them how to keep their eyes healthy.

Your Contacts and Handwashing

 

Don’t forget to replace your case!

Contact Case Safety

 

Water and contacts don’t mix!

Water and Your Contacts

 

Even contacts made for it can be bad to sleep in.

Sleeping in Your Contacts
Vision Testing for Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

It’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and National Eye Exam Month, so make sure their eyes are ready for back-to-school too.

Their eyes should be checked during regular exams and vision testing should happen around age 3.

Choosing Your First Pair of Glasses

 

Do your kid’s eyes naturally cross? They may have strabismus.

Cross Eyed for Fun vs. Strabismus

 

Does one of your kid’s eyes seem to wander? They may have amblyopia, or a lazy eye.

Preventing a Lazy Eye

 

Does your kid’s eyelids droop? They may have ptosis.

Protecting Their Vision

 

Does your kid have trouble seeing or identifying certain colors? They may be colorblind.

Just Mismatched Socks or Colorblindness?

 

Does your kid seem disinterested in reading or seeing distant objects? They may be far or nearsighted.

Seeing Near and Far

 

Does your kid squint or turn their head trying to focus on the TV? They may have astigmatism. Take them to the eye doctor for a checkup.

Seeing to Focus

 

Protect your kids eyes in these situations by taking them to the eye doctor for a checkup at the first sign of problems. The earlier it’s caught, the better the chance of improving a vision problem.