May is Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision MonthAmericans agree that eyesight has a huge impact on their day-to-day lives and is one of the senses they fear losing most. Unfortunately, people often do not pay attention to their vision until they notice a problem. Join the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health during May, Healthy Vision Month, to encourage Americans to take steps to help make their vision last a lifetime.

One of the most important steps people can take is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. In this painless procedure, an eye care professional places drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils. This allows more light to enter the eyes, similar to how an open door lets more light into a dark room. The procedure allows the eye care professional to examine the back of the eyes and look for early signs of disease, many of which have no early warning signs. Early detection is key to treating eye disease effectively and preventing vision loss.

NEI offers a variety of resources you can use in May and throughout the year to promote the importance of early detection through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Visit the Healthy Vision Month Website to view the free resources available, such as e-cards, fact sheets, a widget, web buttons, pre-written social media posts, and PowerPoint presentations, and to find ideas for how to use them in your community.

Let’s celebrate Healthy Vision Month together! No effort is too small when encouraging people to make their vision last a lifetime.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

 

View with advanced vision loss due to glaucoma

View with advanced vision loss due to glaucoma (Image from Wikinedia Commons)

There are 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 living with glaucoma. This number is projected to go up to 4.2 million cases by 2030.

Glaucoma is a degenaritive disease of the optic nerve, and can lead to blindness if untreated. Awareness is key in detecting it early on, so that proper treatment can be performed to slow its progress.

People over 60, family members of people diagnosed with the disease, diabetics and people who are severly near sighted are at risk, but people of African, Asian and Hispanic descent are at particularly high risk.

An annual eye exam is the best way to monitor any vision changes potentially caused by this so-called “sneak thief of sight”, since it has no symptoms, and is irreversible. The fact that glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness makes this even more of an imperative.

Happy Mother’s Day!

We would like to wish all the mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, adoptive mothers and mother-like figures out there a Happy Mother’s day. Stop by our office anytime this weekend starting on Thursday, May 10 for a small token of appreciation for all the hard work you do.

If you need any last minute ideas for a mother’s day gift (tsk, tsk), how about giving your mom the gift of sight and style? A Fairway Park Optometry Center Gift Certificate can show mom that you care about her eye health and that you want her to look good every day.

Complimentary Blood Pressure Screenings

Heart HealthFebruary is National Heart Health Month. High blood pressure can have severe eye health and detrimental vision consequences.

In order to promote heart health in our community, we are offering complimentary Blood Pressure Screenings in our office for the month of February.

Visit our office this month and receive a complimentary gift to benefit the eye health of your special someone!