This May is the 10 year anniversary of Healthy Vision Month (HVM), a national health observance established by the National Eye Institute in an effort to elevate eye care as a health priority and promote the importance of early detection and treatment of vision problems and eye diseases.
Millions of people live their daily lives unaware they have undetected vision problems and eye diseases. HVM raises awareness of the importance of a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This simple procedure can save your sight by detecting eye diseases and conditions in their early stages before symptoms appear and when treatment is most beneficial.
Some of the conditions that have few early warning signs but can be found with a comprehensive dilated eye exam include: glaucoma, one of the main causes of blindness in the US, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
There are plenty of ways to get involved with Healthy Vision Month. Talk to your friends and family and encourage them to make an appointment for an eye exam. Tweet or post on Facebook about HVM. Use the NEI toolkit to help promote eye health to your community. Most importantly, take the time to get an eye exam yourself, so schedule an appointment with an eye care professional today. A couple hours one afternoon could save your vision!