Sunsets. Rainbows. A child’s smile.
What if they all suddenly vanished? Your eyes are precious windows to the world and need to be taken care of just like the rest of your body. That’s why National Eye Exam Month is a great time to get that checkup you’ve been putting off.
Did you know that 80% of blindness worldwide is considered preventable or avoidable? If you’ve been slacking on getting your eye exam, or if you think you don’t need one at all, it’s time to reconsider. Here are some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy:
Get Checked Up
Get routine checkups, regardless of whether or not you think your vision is fine. Eye exams are certainly important to check on your vision and discover common diseases of the eye, but they can also detect other health issues. Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, autoimmune disorders, tumors, and even cancer may all show their first signs through your eyes. Regular eye exams can find problems and even help prevent some from occurring. They’re important no matter your age, but they are critical as you get older.
Pro tip: Schedule your next checkup when you’re leaving the one you’re at so you don’t forget!
Be Mindful of Screen Time
Every day you’re probably on a multitude of screens. Sometimes there’s not much you can do to avoid this, but you still need to monitor screen time. Make sure you are never looking at a bright screen in a dark room for too long and try to take breaks as often as possible. Long and frequent exposure to screens can put a strain on your eyes, so like with any muscle, be sure to give your eye muscles a break here and there!
Purchase a New Pair
Keep your lenses up-to-date. If you wear corrective lenses, it may be time to update your prescription, or maybe it’s time to purchase your first. And don’t forget about your sunglasses! You may be tempted to buy that cool—yet cheap—pair of shades, but always look for UV protection.
If you’re the one who reminds everyone to put on sunscreen or go to the doctor, then a career in healthcare might be your natural calling. And if you’re interested in the human eye, vision, and eyewear, the Career Quest Learning Centers Ophthalmic Assistant program could be your next best step. Give us a call in Jackson at 877-365-8144 or Lansing at 877-481-4930 if you want to get on the path to a career as an Ophthalmic Assistant.