Take Care of Your Eyes

February is Low Vision Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of taking care of your eyes and catching problems before you lose vision. Aside from annual eye exams, you can protect your eyes on a daily basis with a few healthy choices.

Eat right. Eating a healthy diet is as important for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. A few foods that are especially good for eye health include vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and tuna.

Put on protective eyewear. Protect your eyes from the glare of the sun with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB radiation, and wear protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses when engaging in activities that could harm your eyes, such as when using power tools or chemicals or when playing certain sports.

Rest your eyes. Reading, looking at an electronic screen or focusing at a short distance for an extended period can cause eyestrain. Avoid eye fatigue by glancing away from your work at least every 20 minutes.

As always, please feel free to request additional information on any of the observances listed on the attached pdf.

Feb 2015 – National Health Observances