How to celebrate this family eye health month?

March is the Family Eye Health Month,  it is an annual national public awareness campaign which highlights the importance of preventive eye health and regular eye examinations.

Each year millions of Americans lose their good vision due to disease and injuries. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises regularly scheduled visits to an ophthalmologist or optometrist:

Early detection is the key to reducing or preventing vision loss from diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, the leading causes of blindness among older Americans.

Your optometrist will use a number of techniques to assess any potential vision or eye health problems, and will keep a file of that information in order to keep track of changes in your eye health or vision. Regular visits to your optometrist are recommended.

Preventive eye care is important for people of all ages. Certain eye diseases and conditions can occur at any time of life, destroying healthy vision.

To be precise vision problems can begin at an early age, from 1 months old to 100 plus years old - everyone needs an regular eye exam.

It important that children receive proper eye care. Untreated problems can lead to permanent vision loss and delays in development. Infants should be screened for common eye problems at each pediatric appointment. Vision screening should be performed yearly for all children starting at age 3.

Certain eye diseases are linked to heredity and should lead to more frequent exams for the family.

Ways to determine whether your children is having any eye problem:

  • they may rub their eyes excessively,
  • shut one eye,
  • hold objects close to their eyes,
  • difficulties to see the black board at school,
  • squint,
  • have red or watery eyes or complain of headaches, dizziness or double vision,
  • pain in the eye.

Ways to determine whether mom and dad is having any eye problem:

  • Any changes in vision,
  • trouble adjusting to dark rooms,
  • difficulty focusing,
  • difficulty driving at night,
  • double vision,
  • excess tearing,
  • dry eyes or seeing spots,
  • pain in the eye.

Early detection of eye problems, prompt treatment and protecting your eyes from preventable injuries are the best ways to protect your vision throughout life.

If all the do's and dont's seem wasting of time, then please find a blind person and take the trouble to asked him about the importance of eye.

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