Like the title says, May is Healthy Vison Month. This month, we like to promote eye health as a priority. Well, we do that every month, but this month is especially special. Spring is a time where flowers are in full bloom and a sense of self reinvention is in the air. What better place to start than with your eyes?
What Is Healthy Vision Month?
Started by the National Eye Institute, Healthy Vision Month was started with the goal to educate Americans about eye health and how you can get the most out of your eyes. Our eyes often get thought of last when it comes to health. This month, we look to change that.
Taking steps to improve your vision will lead to reduced risk of suffering from more serious vision conditions and diseases. So this May, take active control of your eye health to keep your eyes in the best shape. Help us celebrate this month by keeping your eye health at the top of your list!
5 Spring Tips for Healthy Vision
As spring rolls around with glorious sunshine, flowers, and warm weather, it’s important to remember to keep your eyes protected. You’d be surprised at how many things this spring can harm your eyes without you noticing until it’s too late to do anything. No need to worry though, these five tips will help you have a happy and heathy spring.
- Get a Dilated Eye Exam
So this first one isn’t exactly specific to springtime, but is nonetheless the most important thing you can do for your eyes. A dilated eye exam is a smidge more comprehensive than a regular eye exam. It’s in your best interest to get one done at least once a year.
For a dilated eye exam, your doctor will put drops in your eyes to widen the pupil and allow more light in. Using a special magnifying lens, your doctor will be able to see the tissues at the back of your eye.
This procedure is extremely important in detecting eye diseases and conditions early. If caught early, they can be more effectively treated and decrease your risk of the disease developing further. Before gearing up for the summer fun, take time this spring to call up your doctor.
Protecting your eyes from the sun all year round is crucial but as the gray skies of winter blow over to make way for the warm embrace of spring’s sun, you’re going to be wanting to spend much more time outside. Just like you protect your skin with sun block, you need to protect your eyes with sunglasses.
Not just any pair of sunglasses will do. Some sunglasses may tempt you with low prices and a stylish design, but chances are they won’t protect you. Well-made sunglasses will offer cool styles and 100 percent UV protection. Look for these if you’re in the market to get new sunglasses.
If you’re planning a hike, a boating trip, or a long road trip on a nice sunny day, you may want to consider special sunglasses with polarized lenses. These lenses will cut the glare of the sun, allowing your eyes to relax. This will ensure you won’t get headaches smack in the middle of whatever exciting expedition you have planned.
- Sports Eyewear
On the topic of protective eyewear, all you outdoor sports enthusiasts will want to hit the courts, fields, and water with the right eyewear. The right protective safety glasses or goggles can be the deciding factor in the event of a serious eye injury.
Many safety glasses for outdoor sports will double as sunglasses with polarized lenses. One thing to look out for is durability. Unlike sunglasses with polarized lenses, which aren’t built to absorb impact or block out debris, safety glasses or goggles will.
Don’t ruin your summer before it even begins. Finding the right protective eyewear is easier than you may think. There are an abundance of options available, in all shapes, sizes and functions. Picking the right ones will depend on your needs. First and foremost, the safety glasses work for you. Don’t settle for anything less than the perfect pair of glasses.
- Beware of Allergies
April showers bring May flowers: no one dreads this saying more than those with serious pollen allergies. Admiring the trees and flowers blooming as the days go by through a window can be sad and lonely. Get out this spring and smell the beauty, but take the right medication.
Allergies can be very uncomfortable, especially on the eyes. All the sneezing and eye rubbing can lead to itchy and dry eyes. Sometimes this can be accompanied by redness around the eyes and puffiness. That’s no fun when you’re trying to have fun. Make sure to take the appropriate medication for your allergies. If you’re unsure what to take, talk to your doctor about it. Or try some natural home remedies for allergies.
- Hats, Hats, and More Hats
Sometimes sunglasses aren’t enough, especially on those long days spent outdoors. The danger here lies in the temperature. Spring weather is not likely to bring a full blown heat wave, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t being exposed to harmful UV rays.
Hats can be a great addition to the sunglasses you’re already wearing. Sunglasses often don’t protect the whole eye. Sunlight can still creep in through the sides of the glasses. With a hat; be it a baseball cap or a wide brimmed sunhat, you’ll receive protection from all angles.
Hats can also be a lifesaver for those times you forget your sunglasses. We’ve all been there. There’s no worse feeling than burning eyes. A hat, while it can’t replace sunglasses altogether, can relieve you of some of the pain or sunburnt eyes.
May is a time to put your eye health on the top of your list. As you’re writing up your millions of other lists preparing for summer fun, be sure to include some stuff for you’re your eyes for you and your family. Follow these five tips this spring and you’re sure to have a great one!