Celebrate May: It’s Healthy Vision Month

hvm_home_imageThere is much to celebrate in May: Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day probably come to mind quickly. What you might not know is that this month is Healthy Vision Month, a health observance established by the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Healthy Vision Month is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the entire nation.

Our BFS community is already well aware of the importance of eye health and regular professional eye exams. This month, the NEI is spreading awareness nationwide to those who might not realize that vision disability is among the leading adult disabilities and the single most common disability among children. Many eye diseases and conditions do not cause symptoms and can lead to irreversible vision loss. Early detection and treatment by eye-care professionals can prevent vision loss and blindness. The NEI encourages all Americans to have a comprehensive eye exam and follow good safety practices at work and at home to protect their eyes.

Everyone can get involved with Healthy Vision Month. For instance, consider whether you are keeping up with your regularly scheduled eye exams and PROSE checks. Have you arranged your next visit? When was the last time your spouse, parent, or best friend had an eye exam? Now is a great time to check in with them to help ensure the healthy vision of your loved ones. If financial constraints or lack of insurance are obstacles to receiving an eye exam, EyeCare America offers free eye exams for those who qualify.

You can help promote eye health in your community as well.  Here are a few suggestions of easy ways to raise awareness during Healthy Vision Month:

  • Hang posters in common areas at your workplace or school
  • Volunteer at a senior center to spread information about elder eye health
  • Provide eye health education materials to your community library for distribution
  • Showcase eye health and safety at your workplace by including an article in your company’s regular communications to staff
  • Invite a local eye care professional to speak at a brown-bag seminar during lunchtime at your work/school/community center

Let’s celebrate May by encouraging our family, friends, and community members to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and reminding them of the importance of eye health.

What ways have you helped promote Healthy Vision Month in your community or among your friends and family?