April 30, 2013
Celebrate Healthy Vision Month, Get Your Eyes Checked
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
May is being promoted as the Healthy Vision Month, and many organizations are using it as a way to encourage people to get their eyes checked.
Healthy Vision Month and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention´s Vision Health Initiative (VHI) are partnering with the National Eye Institute (NEI) during May to encourage all Americans to make vision a health priority. According to the CDC, the number of Americans 40 years and older with diabetic retinopathy and vision threatening retinopathy will triple in 2050.
"It's important to take care of your eyes. Poor vision makes it harder to read, drive, and cook. The good news–many eye problems and diseases can be treated if caught early," the CDC wrote in a statement promoting Healthy Vision Month.
The organization recommends you get a comprehensive dilated eye exam so a professional can look for signs of vision problems or eye diseases.
"It's the best way to find out if you need glasses or contacts, or are in the early stages of a serious but treatable eye disease," the organization said.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a few ways to help maximize healthy vision for those who spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor. One suggestion is to place the monitor 20- to 26-inches away from your eyes, depending on the size of the monitor.
"The top of the monitor should be slightly below horizontal eye level. Tilt the top of the monitor away from you at a 10 degree to 20 degree angle. The center of the monitor should be 10 degrees to 20 degrees below your eyes. This is 4 degrees to 9 degrees below your eyes at a distance of 24-inches," the AOA said.
According to the NEI, millions of people are living in the US with undiagnosed vision problems, eye diseases and other conditions. NEI designed Health Vision Month to elevate vision as a health priority for the nation by promoting the importance of early detection and treatment.
"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," the NEI said.