August is National Eye Exam Month
For many of us, July marks the halfway point of summer vacation and soon preparations for returning to school will begin. Getting a vision exam is a part of that process. Healthy vision is key to a great start to school!
It’s also part of a overall health. Deteriorating vision can be an early indicator of other health issues. Getting vision exams on a regular schedule helps doctors to identify issues in their early stages.
How to Observe
Check with your eye doctor to see when you are due for a comprehensive vision exam. If you are experiencing symptoms, be sure to make an appointment as soon as possible. For more information visit www.cdc.gov. Use #NationalVisionExamMonth to share on social media.
National Eye Exam Month was founded in 1989 by Sears Optical.
To honor National Eye Exam Month here are some fun eye facts:
- The human eye can distinguish around 10 million different colors. We often don’t appreciate all the colors we are able to see. It’s important to keep them healthy with regular eye exams so that we can continue to enjoy this gift. An article about night vision goggles stated that goggles used to see in the dark show green hues because our eyes can see more shades of green than any other color. The next time you go for a walk outside, observe all the different shades of green trees, grass, signs and lights that are around. This may put into perspective the millions of colors our eyes are able to detect.
- Researchers have successfully treated adults with lazy eyes by having patients play Tetris. According to an article in the Huffington Post in 2013, Researchers from McGill University discovered that Tetris could help people with lazy eyes train their eye. Not only is it a fun game, it’s a health remedy for some people!
- Eyeballs can get sunburnt! Sunscreen to skin is sunglasses to eyes. The sun can do more damage to your eyes than you can imagine! Be sure to protect your eyes all year round by wearing sunglasses or protective hats. Keep in mind, sunglasses aren’t only meant for summertime!
- An eye doctor is able to spot early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and high cholesterol just by conducting an eye exam. Not only is an eye exam beneficial to your optical health, it can also play a role in your overall health.
If you are in need for an eye exam and live in the Daytona Beach Area check out the Precision Eye Institute with offices in New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater and soon Daytona Beach.