As a blogger, I see that certain topics seem to come up around the same time from different sources. Lately it is all about taking care of your eyes.
Did you know that the eye is the strongest muscle in your body? They can process as much as 36,000 bits of information every single hour.
Because of how much our eyes process, I am sure you can guess that they are one body part that is so important to take care of. Annual eye exams are a must. Not only to make sure your vision is where it should be but to also keep on top of other health issues. During routine eye exams, eye doctors can uncover chronic systemic diseases like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, brain disorders, stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and even some types of cancer. All by having your eyes checked!
More than 138 million U.S. adults go without an eye exam and 30 million Americans have uncorrected vision.
The Vision Council is trying to change that!
The Vision Council will join hundreds of other health, business and vision-related organizations in celebrating World Sight Day on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The goal of this global initiative is to focus attention on vision impairment and encourage adults and children across the world to get their eyes examined.
In preparation for World Sight Day I was able to attend a briefing session from The Vision Council. I have to say that I learned a lot of very valuable and interesting information.
We all know that UV damage to our eyes is a very real problem. But did you also know that your eyes can get a sunburn? And that UV damage is not ever reversible?
- UV radiation is present year-round
- UV damage is cumulative
- Unprotected exposure can cause temporary and permanent vision problems
- Wear UV-protective sunglasses – ALWAYS!
- Look for a sticker or label indicating UVA/UVB protection
- Buy from a credible source
- Choose a pair that you like, and that are comfortable
- Keep sunglasses accessible
Most importantly is to remember when outdoors, wear sunglasses. You can get a sunburn on overcast days, and your eyes are still exposed to UV rays on overcast days. You don’t have to spend a lot on sunglasses to protect your eyes. Just look for the UVA/UVB protection label and always wear them.
And put them on the kids. Their developing eyes need all the help they can get!
One last tip that I have found myself using often is the 20-20-20 rule. Digital eye strain is a very real problem and you can help combat it by taking a break every 20 minutes, looking at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Give it a try.
I participated in the briefing session on behalf of The Vision Council through The Motherhood. Compensation was given, all opinions are my own.