May is Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month

Promoting the importance of healthy vision and regular eye examinations is a daily undertaking for optometrists, but it's a message that's especially strong in May.

This month, participate in Healthy Vision Month, and educate the public about what they can do to ensure their vision and eyes are healthy. This observance is organized by the National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute (NEI).

Recommendations include:

  • Get regular dilated eye examinations from an eye care professional

  • Live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious foods, abstaining from smoking and managing chronic conditions

  • Know your family history, because many eye diseases are hereditary

  • Use protective eyewear to prevent injuries on the job, while playing sports or doing simple chores around the home

  • Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays

Share the Healthy Vision Month message with your community
In order to spread the message about making eye health a priority and make Americans aware of Healthy Vision Month, several resources are available to doctors and the public. Here are a few ways you can participate and show your support:

  • Share the message on social media. The NEI has provided a number of social posts—for both Facebook and Twitter—that can be used by individual doctors, practices and organizations. Graphicsinfocards and infographics—and videos are also available for distribution.

  • Use your organization's communication power. If your practice—or an organization you work with or volunteer for—has a newsletter, blog or website, use a pre-drafted informational blurb or drop-in article to spread the message.

  • Host an event. Get active about promoting healthy vision in your community. Host an event, where you can meet with community members face to face, using a variety of resources and patient education materials.

These messages about the importance of eye health are significant to optometrists and the AOA all year round. Many patient education materials supporting the pillars of Healthy Vision Month—such as booklets on nutrition and the importance of proper sunglasses—are available through the AOA Marketplace.

May 7, 2015

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