Through the Looking Glass: It’s Vision Health Month

Senior Couple Playing Golf Driving Cart BuggyHave you been watching the weather? One day it’s warm and sunny, the next it’s cool and damp. It’s unpredictable. Once we’re convinced it will remain constant, it changes. The inconsistency in the weather is very similar to patterns in our body, especially as we age.

Our sight can fluctuate as we get older. Whether you need assistance with short- or long-distance vision, or your sight has yet to falter, it’s important that you take care of your eyes. This May is national Vision Health Month.

“Vision Health Month is a nationwide awareness campaign designed to educate Canadians about their vision health and help eliminate avoidable sight loss across the country.” Throughout the month of May, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and the Doctors of Optometry Canada, are calling on all Canadians to do one simple thing that could save your sight: get an eye exam from a Doctor of Optometry.

Eye disease can happen to anyone at any age. Many people are unaware that 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated if diagnosed early. Sometimes, an eye exam can lead to other health-related discoveries.

With summer just around the corner, we gathered some great tips about why it’s important to invest in a good pair of   sunglasses. They are about more than just looking good. Sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV rays and may help slow down cataracts and macular degeneration, reports Fox News.

What a good pair of sunglasses can do for you (tips below provided by Fox News): 

1.) UV Protection. The sun’s UV radiation can cause cataracts, benign growths on the eye’s surface, and photokeratitis, sometimes called snow blindness, which is a temporary but painful sunburn of the eye’s surface. Wide-brimmed hats and caps can block about 50 percent of UV radiation from the eyes but optometrists say that is not enough protection.

2.) Blue-Light Protection. Long-term exposure to the blue and violet portion of the solar spectrum has been implicated as a risk factor for macular degeneration                         , especially for individuals that are “sun sensitive.”

3.) Comfortable vision. The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and the ability to see clearly by causing people to squint and the eyes to water.

4.) Dark adaptation. Spending just two or three hours in bright sunlight can hamper the eyes’ ability to adapt quickly to nighttime or indoor light levels. This can make driving at night after spending a day in the sun more hazardous.

5.) Skin Cancer. Cancer of the eyelids and skin around the eyes is more common than people think. People should wear sunglasses outdoors whether they are working, driving, participating in sports, taking a walk, running errands or doing anything in the sun.

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