Eye on Healthy Vision
Healthy Vision Month is celebrated every year in May to stress the
importance of the health of our eyes. This month was established by the
National Eye Institute in 2003 and aims to spread awareness and educate
people on the risks of ignoring the health of their eyes. To protect your eyes,
do the following:
- Wear sunglasses. Protect you eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses – even on cloudy days! Be sure to look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.
- Wear protective eyewear. Safety glasses and goggles are designed to protect your eyes during certain activities, like playing sports, doing construction work, or doing home repairs. You can buy them from most eye care providers and some sporting goods stores.
- Give your eyes a rest. Looking at a computer for a long time can tire out your eyes. Rest your eyes by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- If you wear contacts, take steps to prevent eye infections. Always wash your hands before you put your contact lenses and replace them regularly.
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