Eight tips to help you protect your vision
From the moment you wake up until you go to bed at night, your eyes are working to bring you the world. In fact, your eyes deliver 80 percent of the information you take in every day, which is why it’s important to protect your vision.
May is Healthy Vision Month. Since vision is a major component of healthy living, Palmetto Health wants to remind you that this is an ideal time to visit an eye care professional for the exam you may have been putting off or to update your current eyewear. According to National Eye Institute, more than 23 million Americans age 18 and older have never had an eye exam.
Lisa Niven, OD, optometrist for Palmetto Health-USC Ophthalmology, believes you can take steps to help improve your eye health. She said, “Having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the best thing you can do to protect your vision, especially if you are at a higher risk of eye disease. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is a painless procedure that allows your physician to get a good look at the back of the eye to check for signs of eye disease. With early detection, treatment can slow or stop vision loss and reduce the risk of blindness."
Here are eight tips to help you protect your vision:
Niven added, “Taking care of your eyes should have the same level of priority as your diet and physical activity. Healthy vision is essential in our daily lives, from driving a car to picking out what you want to eat at a restaurant.”
For more information about Palmetto Health-USC Ophthalmology, visit phuscmg.org or call CareCall at 803-296-CARE (2273).