May is Healthy Vision Month!
Approximately 37 million adults in America have cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, all of which can cause visual impairment or blindness. However, recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular comprehensive eye exams can help reduce a person’s risk of vision loss.
In support of Healthy Vision Month in May, Giliberti Eye and Laser Center and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraging everyone to take charge of their eye health and preserve their sight by following some simple tips.
- Get a comprehensive eye exam: An examination at Giliberti Eye and Laser Center is an opportunity to carefully examine the eye for diseases and conditions that may have no symptoms in the early stages.
- Know your family history: Certain eye diseases can be inherited. If you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing this condition. A family history of glaucoma increases your glaucoma risk by four to nine times. Talk to family members about their eye conditions, it can help you and Dr. Giliberti evaluate your risk.
- Eat healthy foods: A diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, benefits the entire body, including the eyes. Eye-healthy food choices include citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, and cold water fish.
- Stop smoking: Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking also raises the risk for cardiovascular diseases which can indirectly influence your eye health. Tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke, also worsens dry eye.
- Wear sunglasses: Exposure to ultraviolet UV light raises the risk of eye diseases, including cataract, fleshy growths on the eye, and cancer. Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection and a hat while enjoying time outdoors.