May is Healthy Vision Month

May 2013 marks the 10th annual Healthy Vision Month, an event established by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to educate the public on how to protect vision and prevent vision loss. In honor of this observance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is urging Americans to make vision protection a health priority.

Early detection and treatment of eye conditions are critical for protecting sight. According to the NEI, the best preventive measure to combat vision loss is a comprehensive dilated eye exam where drops are applied to the eyes to widen pupils and identify sight issues. This test is crucial since many eye diseases have no discomfort or early warning signs.

“Preventing eye injuries is also important,” explained National Eye Institute Director Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D. “Many occupations and forms of recreation can present dangers to the eye. Eye protection is a necessity when our jobs put our eyes at risk.”

Support the goals of Healthy Vision Month by informing employees about the importance of eye protection, and help to reduce eye injuries and protect workers’ vision by providing eye protection like safety glasses and goggles.

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