Posted by: The Eye Center of North Florida in Eye Health, News & Community, June 5, 2024

June is Men’s Health Month, and it’s worth noting that Men’s Health Week, celebrated from June 10 – 16, 2024, falls just before Father’s Day. This timing is significant as it presents a unique opportunity to focus on men’s health, particularly eye health, during a time when the importance of men in our lives is already in the spotlight. So, let’s use this week to highlight a few things you or the men in your life can do to keep your eye health in top shape. Remember, you only have one set of eyes, so take extra care of them and take action now for a lifetime of healthy eyes!

Don’t Delay or Deny Your Eye Exam

Scheduling your eye exams regularly not only helps you catch problems before they escalate but also empowers you to take control of your eye health. Remember, an eye doctor’s early detection of eye diseases can significantly affect your vision health.

Be Aware Around Screens and Minimize Eyestrain

Digital eye strain has become a problem for many and can make you uncomfortable. Staring at any digital screen for too long can make your eyes feel tired and dry, which can cause blurred vision. The reason is that most people tend to blink much less when using digital screen devices. Don’t forget to give your eyes frequent breaks from phones, computers, and tablets.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends following the 20-20-20 rule when using these devices: For every 20 minutes looking at a digital screen, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds to rest the eyes.

Know Your Family History

Your family history can be valuable in understanding and managing your eye health. Many eye conditions are inherited, and knowing about your family members’ eye conditions can significantly affect your eye health. For instance, if a close family member is affected by macular degeneration, your chances of developing it are much higher. Similarly, if a family member has glaucoma, your risk is four to nine times higher than average. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment, guided by your family history, can be the best option to help prevent vision loss.

Protect Your Eyes

We all love the warm weather that the summer season brings, but don’t forget to protect your peepers from the UV Rays. Long-term exposure to UV Rays can damage the cornea and the lens, leading to eye cancers or cataracts. The summer also leads to more fun outdoors playing our favorite sport. Protect your eyes by wearing eye gear or a helmet with a safety visor.

Drop The Habit and Stop Smoking

Smoking raises the risk of cardiovascular diseases, indirectly influencing your eye health. Smoking also increases the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Secondhand smoke also causes dry eyes.

Eat Healthy and Have Fun Exercising

Many studies have shown that exercise and a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can protect against blinding eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Therefore, eat a diet rich in plant-based foods and exercise moderately for 30 minutes daily.

We Are Your Eye Health Partners

If you notice any changes or concerns about your eye health, remember you are not alone. Seeking professional help is the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy and promptly address any issues. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today for the reassurance and support you need.

Celebrate Men’s Health Month By Protecting Your Eye Health!

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References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided within this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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