July is Healthy Vision Month: Take These Steps to Prioritize Your Eye Health

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Friday, July 5, 2024

Celebrate Healthy Vision Month by empowering yourself with the knowledge to protect your eyes.

Every July, the National Eye Institute designates Healthy Vision Month to emphasize the importance of eye health. This annual observance encourages people to prioritize their vision and learn how to protect their eyes from various risks.

Read on to learn about the importance of eye health along with seven practical tips to help you maintain your vision all year long.

Why Does Eye Health Matter?

Our eyes are essentially windows to our world and are crucial for daily functioning. Good vision allows us to read, work, drive, and enjoy hobbies, enriching our quality of life. Maintaining good eye health isn't just about seeing clearly today; it's about safeguarding our ability to experience life fully as we grow older. By prioritizing regular eye care and adopting healthy habits, we not only reduce the risk of vision loss but also ensure our eyes remain capable for years to come.

Seven Tips for Healthy Vision

1.     Schedule regular eye exams.

Many eye diseases have no symptoms early on, making regular eye exams vital for early detection and treatment. Schedule an appointment with an eye care professional annually.

2.     Update your prescription.

If you wear glasses or contacts, ensure your prescription is up-to-date. Your eye doctor can assess your vision needs and provide the correct prescription to optimize your sight.

3.     Eat a nutritious diet.

Include foods rich in vitamins and minerals beneficial for eye health, such as leafy greens (like spinach and kale), fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon), and colorful fruits rich in vitamin C (such as oranges). Avoid excessive consumption of fried foods and sugary snacks, which can negatively impact eye health.

4.     Quit smoking.

Smoking increases the risk of developing serious eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Quitting smoking reduces these risks and supports overall eye health.

5.     Protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.

Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays whenever you are outdoors. Prolonged exposure to sunlight without protection can lead to cataracts and other eye issues.

6.     Adjust computer screen settings.

Position your computer screen to reduce glare and eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This simple practice helps relax eye muscles and prevent digital eye strain.

7.     Manage blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

High blood pressure and diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to vision problems and even blindness. Monitor and manage these conditions through regular check-ups and adhering to prescribed treatments.

Healthy Vision Month serves as a reminder to prioritize your eye health year-round. By incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine, you can safeguard your vision and enjoy better eyesight for years to come. For more information about maintaining healthy vision, visit the National Eye Institute's Healthy Vision Month page.

Healthy vision is a cornerstone of well-being and independence. By following these guidelines and being proactive about your eye health, you can make the most of your vision for the long term. If you have questions or would like additional resources, our caring professionals are here to help. Please reach out to us anytime.

About Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services: As a leading African American-owned and operated funeral and cremation organization, Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services has provided a ministry of care to thousands of grieving families. We promise to provide our highest level of distinguished service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. With two convenient locations serving North and West Philadelphia, it is always our pleasure to be of service. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please visit batchelorbrothers.com.

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