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. which includes everything from the most basic research into the functioning of the eye to campaigns to improve vision in our country.
What can you do? Be sure you and your family have regular eye care. That means every one to years they all need to have a complete eye examination with dilating drops to rule-out any eye problems that can be treated. This could be just the need for stronger glasses in children to the development of glaucoma in those who are older.
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 the 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 you and your family!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Milwaukee Area Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. Both are located just off Highway 43, minutes from Milwaukee. Call 262-241-1919 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay or one of her colleagues at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals (Dr. Mark German or Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto).
More eye care information available at www.LakeShoreVision.com.