Image of an eye exam with the caption "save your vision month" Every March, “Save Your Vision Month” raises awareness about the importance of good eye care. The American Optometric Association (AOA) is the driving force behind this annual wellness observance, primarily encouraging people to get regular eye exams and prioritize their eye health. There are five simple steps you can take to preserve your vision. Make a commitment to yourself and start this month!

Don’t Delay In Scheduling Your Eye Exam

Scheduling your eye exam is the best way to avoid vision issues.

Limit Screen Time

Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, and focus on something 20 feet away. Also, keep a comfortable distance from the computer monitor where your viewing distance is between 20 and 28 inches from the eye to the front surface of the screen. Blink often and adjust the settings and contrast levels on your screen to be better adjustments for your eyes. During this month, challenge yourself to cut down screen time. Instead of spending time watching TV or scrolling through social media, try reading a book to reduce screen time.

Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

Wear sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes against ultraviolet radiation. Always wear UV protection outdoors to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Healthy Eyes Start With Your Diet

The next time you buy groceries add colorful fruits and vegetables like oranges, kale, and carrots to your shopping cart. These foods protect your eyesight and help improve your overall health. Drinking water is essential to a healthy diet and can contribute to better eye health.

Go To Sleep

Sleep is a priority for your overall health, specifically your eye health. Getting enough sleep each night helps your body heal and gives your eyes the rest to be the best version of yourself.
Do yourself a favor and celebrate Save Your Vision Month this year and each year by prioritizing your eye health! If you experience any issues with your eyes or vision, please get in touch with us immediately. Please don’t wait for your scheduled exam; we are here to help you!

References: American Optometric Association and American Academy of Ophthalmology. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.