Just because you don’t have any eye health issues right now doesn’t mean you can skip a visit to the ophthalmologist! Routine eye examinations are necessary to detect problems in the eye before they become too severe. Also, eye exams can help the doctor catch health problems such as diabetes. January is Eye Health Month, so read ahead for tips on maintaining good eye health.
- Make sure you undergo regular eye and vision examinations.
- Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts and fruits to provide the body with all the ingredients to maintain good vision and prevent macular degeneration.
- Protect your eyes at work by wearing appropriate eye protection gear.
- Looking at the computer screen for extended periods of time can damage your eyes, and result in ‘Computer Vision Syndrome.’ This can be prevented by ensuring appropriate lighting while working, and by viewing the computer screen at a distance of 20-28 inches from the eyes. Making a conscious effort to blink while looking at the screen (to prevent the eyes from drying out) and taking frequent breaks help as well.
- If you are a welder, a medical technologist, or are involved in the manufacture of electric circuit boards, you need to take special care of your eyes by wearing the proper personal protective equipment.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes against the UV radiation of the sun.
AMPHS routinely provides eye examinations to community members of the Sunset Park area. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming AMPHS events and don’t forget to sign up for vision screenings at AMPHS! Our vision assistance program will provide you with a free visual acuity and macular degeneration screening and connect you with a local optometrist for a free eye examination as well as free glasses if you are eligible.
Contributors: Sloka Iyengar, Ph.D., Sonny Nijjar