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If your vision is blurry and headlight glare is an issue at night, you may have cataracts.
Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. While most cataracts are related to aging, those with diabetes are more at risk to have them at a younger age. The most common symptoms of a cataract include cloudy or blurry vision, colors seem faded, poor night vision, and double vision. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to another.
To delay a cataract, our caring doctors recommend:
- Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet rays from the sun.
- If you smoke, please STOP.
- Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Your doctor can check for signs of cataract and other age-related eye problems such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Schedule an eye exam, follow our lifestyle recommendations, and spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues. Early treatment may save your vision and theirs.
Many people see the doctor every year for a physical. Most of us also schedule regular visits to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned. But what about our eyes? It’s important to take care of your eyes — just like you take care of the rest of our body!
Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time to learn how to protect your eyes — and to spread the word about simple steps we can take now to prevent vision loss later. This year, we’re encouraging young adults ages 25 to 35 to make vision a priority for years to come.
Check out a few easy ways you can keep your eyes healthy:
- Wear sunglasses (even on cloudy days!)
Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and help keep your vision sharp. When shopping for shades, look for a pair that blocks out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
- Eat eye-healthy foods
It’s true: carrots are good for your eyes! In fact, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables — especially dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale — can help keep your eyes healthy.
- Get plenty of physical activity
Regular physical activity comes with a lot of great benefits. It can boost your mood, reduce stress, help you stay at a healthy weight — and protect you from serious eye diseases!
- Give your eyes a rest
If you spend a lot of time at the computer or on your phone, you may forget to blink — and that can tire out your eyes. Try using the 20–20–20 rule throughout the day: every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
- Protect your eyes — at work and at play
Protect your eyes from injury by wearing protective eyewear, like safety glasses, goggles, and safety shields. To make sure you have the right kind of protective eyewear and you’re using it correctly, talk with your eye doctor.
So what’s your vision of the future?
Show us your vision of the future! Use #MyVisionMyFuture and the language below on social media throughout the month to share the steps you’re taking now to protect your vision in the future.
“I ___ now so I can see ___ in the future.” #MyVisionMyFuture
For example: I wear sunglasses now so I can see the Grand Canyon in the future.
Whether you’re looking forward to taking in the view from your corner office or setting your sights on the Eiffel Tower — you can take simple steps now to make sure you’re seeing your best when that day comes. To learn more about Healthy Vision Month and how to take care of your eyes, check out the Healthy Vision Month website.
A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to ensure that your vision is healthy and to help keep it that way.
Call us today. We look forward to scheduling your appointment.
During “Save Your Vision Month”, Drs. Michael Feinstein and Brandon Wuzzardo would like to share 5 tips with you for a lifetime of healthy vision.
With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Currently, 4.2 million Americans ages 40 and older are visually impaired. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, this number is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision.
Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed.
Vision rehabilitation can help people with vision loss to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life by teaching them how to:
Move safely around the home.
Continue to read, cook, and do other activities.
Find resources, adaptive devices, and support.
Learn more by speaking with your Doctor at South Jersey Eye Associates and join us, along with the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), to help raise awareness about vision rehabilitation among people with low vision and their family, friends, and caregivers. You can start by downloading and sharing the Living With Low Vision [5.5 MB] and Cómo vivir con baja visión [6.0 MB] booklets to help spread the word.
Glaucoma has no warning signs. Nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma and half of them don’t even know it.
Left untreated, glaucoma can result in permanent vision loss or even blindness. Fortunately, a comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect glaucoma in its early stages before noticeable vision loss occurs.
While anyone can get glaucoma, people at higher risk for glaucoma include African Americans age 40 and older and everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos and those with a family history of the disease.
If you are at higher risk for glaucoma, make a point of having a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years or as recommended by your eye care professional—even if you are not experiencing vision problems! Keep vision in your future.
Learn more about glaucoma and how to protect your vision by speaking with your doctor at South Jersey Eye Associates.