Every January, we recognize National Eye Care Month for one reason: caring for our eyes.  This month is mostly devoted by most eye care professionals across the globe are promoting healthy vision. Optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend strongly that everyone get their eyes checked every year, and what better time to do so than in January.

It does not matter whether you wear corrective lenses or not, or even if you think your eyes are in perfect condition.  Getting the regular eye exams is a necessary part of our overall wellness, and vital to make sure our continued healthy vision.

As we age, eye exams become even more important.  Vision problems may develop with no physical symptoms until they’re quite advanced. See your provider to screen for early stages in: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic retinopathy, and Refractive errors.  

Scheduling an annual eye exam is a way to prevent injury and improve overall health, especially for older people!


Here are three ways for you to observe National Eye Care Month…

  1. Go For A Check-Up: This month, this is for sure, that many eye care hospitals and clinics will be offering discounted appointments for eye checkups. So why not avail of the discount and benefit from it by getting your eyes and eyesight checked?
  2. Give Your Eyes Some Rest: Myth or not, your eyes do need rest. People might say that it is their function to see, so why not use them to see. But never forget that excess of anything can have adverse effects. This month, try to give your eyes a break from excess mobile phone and computer usage and instead go to a park and relax your eyes.
  3. Spread Awareness About Eye Care: Organize an event and invite an ophthalmologist to talk about eye care.  Encourage your friends and family to attend the session and to learn as much as possible about eye care. You never know when this awareness helps someone with an eye problem and saves their eyesight!


Did You Know

  1. Your eyes focuses on 50 different objects every second…you may not realize, but your eye focuses on approximately 50 objects every second.

  2. A myriad of different colors…a normal eye can distinguish between around 10 million different colors.

  3. Complexity second only to the brain…the most complex organ after the brain is the eye, with a bundle of one million nerve fibers.

  4. Most of your learning…80% of all that you learn is obtained through your vision.

  5. Eyes can’t be transplanted…your eyes cannot be transplanted as they are connected to the brain via the optic nerve – once severed, they cannot be reconnected.

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