The National Eye Institute (NEI) has declared May to be “Healthy Vision Month.” The NEI is the federal agency responsible for most of the funding of vision research in the U.S. This includes everything from basic research about the functioning of the eye to public campaigns to improve vision in our country.
What can you do? Be sure you and your family have regular eye care. That means that every one to two years they need to have a complete eye examination with dilating drops to rule-out any eye problems that can be treated. In children this could be just the need for stronger glasses or something more serious like a wandering eye. In adults we look for evidence of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and much more.
Another key to healthy vision is wearing sunglasses outside on sunny days. Ultraviolet exposure promotes macular degeneration and cataracts. So don’t stop at the sunscreen, use sunglasses and a hat this summer. Diet is also important. Leafy green vegetables contain valuable nutrients to keep the retina healthy and are especially recommended for those with macular degeneration.
Finally, if you still smoke and have not found a reason to stop yet, think of your eyes. The more aggressive “wet” form of macular degeneration is more common in smokers as is the development of early cataracts.
So do your part: Call us today to schedule eye examinations for everyone in your family!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants. For more information about Dr. Jay and Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.