In 2003, the National Eye Institute (NEI), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, established May as Healthy Vision Month. The purpose of Healthy Vision Month is to increase awareness of good vision as a national health priority.

Hopefully you are one of the many people who have an annual eye exam and checkups to monitor your corrective prescriptions.  Millions of people in the US have undetected eye conditions and vision problems.  Healthy vision month is a great reminder to get an eye exam.

During Healthy Vision Month, NEI encourages all Americans—especially those at risk for eye diseases—to talk to their eye care providers about having a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Four other ways to protect sight are to live a healthy lifestyle, know your family’s eye health history, use protective eyewear during sports and other recreational activities, and wear sunglasses. These important steps can help you keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision loss from eye disease.

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