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The month of May is Vision Health Month. It is a national campaign in Canada, designed to bring more awareness and education to vision health. There are many things we can do to ensure our eye health is at its best.

Vision Health Checklist:

  • Eat Healthy – Leafy greens, colorful fruits and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids are important for good eye health.
  • Quit Smoking – It is known that smoking is harmful to almost every organ in your body, this includes your eyes. Smokers are 4 times more likely to have vision issues in their senior years.
  • Vision Insurance – If you have insurance, it is time to get that appointment scheduled to have your eyes checked. Although having insurance is often not always the case, a regular eye check up is important. This may also be a time when you can upgrade your eyewear to something new and trendy for spring. Donate your old eyewear to someone in need.
  • Allergy Relief – It is that time of year when allergies flare up. Pay extra attention to your allergy triggers. Visit your doctor if you develop red, swollen or watery eyes.
  • Sun Protection – It is important to wear sunglasses all year round, but with summer quickly approaching it is even more important. UV rays can damage eyes even on cloudy days. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Rest Your Eyes – If you spend a lot of your day indoors on a computer or electronic device, remember to rest your eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule! Take a break every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Drink Lots Of Water – It is important to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause your eyes to dry and not produce enough tears and moisture to keep your eyes comfortable.

For more information on Vision Health Month, see the original article here.