Across America, the number of patients with irreversible vision loss is rising faster than ever. Vision loss affects all ages and backgrounds – a reminder that this is a potential threat for each and every American.
Currently, an estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Conditions like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy can develop for months or even years without noticeable symptoms, and often the damage is irreversible by the time patients are diagnosed.
See America is a much-needed spark to finally get America prioritizing vision care. By increasing awareness of the importance of vision health and eye exams, and improving access for those who need it most. See America, Allergan's newest initiative, is a pledge to join the fight against preventable blindness in America.
In case you need an excuse to splurge on those new sunglasses you've been eyeing, here are 9 tips to keep your eyes looking and feeling their best.
9 RULES TO LIVE BY THIS MONTH:
. Get your eyes checked! You might think your vision is fine because your eyes aren't bothering you, but visiting your eye care professional is the only way to be sure. Many common eye diseases often have no warning signs.
2. Get to know your family's eye health history to determine if you're at a higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
3. Eat right to protect your sight: You've heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too!
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
5. Be cool and wear your shades. Now is the time to splurge on those sunglasses you've been eyeing!
6. Quit smoking, or never start. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of preventable blindness.
7. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around your home that might put your eyes at risk.
8. Give your eyes a rest! Our phones and computers lead to tired and strained eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds to reduce eyestrain.
9. Keep it clean! Clean your hands and your contact lenses - properly - to avoid the risk of infection.