According to the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), one in seven Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their lifetime. Yet at the same time, 75% of vision loss can be prevented or treated.
That's why Vision Health Month is so important to us at FYidoctors. Originally started by the CNIB and now held throughout the month of May, it's a chance to raise awareness and educate Canadians about the importance of their eye health.
Here are a few things you can do this May to celebrate Vision Health Month:
Cook an eye healthy meal: Nutrition can have a huge impact on your eye health. Natural ingredients such as a whole grains, leafy green vegetables and fish can all help promote healthy eyes. (To learn more about healthy eating for your eyes, check out this article on Healthy Eating for Cataracts.
Book an eye exam with your optometrist: Health Canada recommends that adults get an eye exam at least once every two years (and at least once a year for children and seniors).
Wear Sunglasses: It's recommended that Canadians wear sunglasses with built-in UV protection all year round (even in the Fall and Winter) to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays on your vision.
Make a Donation: There are countless organizations that are working towards raising awareness about vision issues. Donate to the CNIB or other charitable organizations. (Learn about some of the charitable organizations FYidoctors supports).
To get a complete eye exam, book an appointment at an FYidoctors near you.