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May Is Healthy Vision Month

may-is-healthy-vision-monthMAY is America’s “Healthy Vision Month.” The National Eye Institute calls on Americans to make their vision a priority by taking the necessary steps to protect vision, prevent vision loss, and make the most of the vision they may have remaining. The National Eye Institute is the part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) which leads the federal government’s research on the visual system and eye diseases. The NEI established May as the national Healthy Vision Month in 2003.

The Reason It Is Important

Millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and conditions. Approximately 38 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, or cataracts. That number is projected to rise to 56 million by the year 2030. There are often no warning signs or pain in the early stages of many eye diseases, therefore having good vision can be something people take for granted. By the time people realize they are losing vision, it may be too late to restore vision already lost.

The National Eye Institute Stresses the Importance a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Early detection and treatment of eye diseases are crucial to preserving sight. According to the National Eye Institute, one of the most important things people can do to protect their vision is to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In this painless procedure, an eye care professional examines the eyes to look for common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs. A comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect eye diseases and conditions in their early stages, before vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment can help to save your sight.

For maintaining healthy vision, schedule an eye exam for you and your family.