Healthy Vision Month

May 17, 2018
Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month. Are you reading this right now? We do almost everything with the help of our eyes. Our eyes transfer images from light to our brain and our brain produces the image. We want to raise awareness about common vision ailments and how we can protect our eyes.

How Our Eyes Work

Our eyes are central parts of how we live life. Sight is a key sense that most people would appreciate keeping. We need to keep our eyes healthy so that we can enjoy activities from a range of traveling, driving, visiting museums, seeing attractions, and even for use of nonverbal communication.

Light in the form of wavelengths enter our eye and through the retina, and the rods and cones respond to the light. The electric signals are sent to the brain, where the brain compiles the information into an image. So as the saying goes, we do not see with our eyes, but with our brains. The following are a few conditions and ailments that affect our eyes.


Glaucoma is a grouping of ailments that attack the optic nerve and make it harder to see and can result in vision loss. Symptoms of glaucoma include patchy blind spots, tunnel vision, redness, pain, headache and blurred vision. Nausea and vomiting may also occur.

Glaucoma is the build-up of pressure in the anterior chamber, where clear liquid flows in the eye.  If this is left untreated it can cause damage to the optic nerve which can then lead to loss of vision. The optic nerve acts as a transmitter of electro signals to the brain.


A cataract is when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy. This will impair vision but can be diminished through the use of proper eyeglasses. The symptoms of cataracts include a sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing at night, clouded vision, seeing halos, yellowish tint, and seeing double vision.


Some people can be born blind, or lose their vision during freak accidents such as violence, or through war. Unfortunately, there is no cure for blindness, but there are some developmental surgeries that have restored some vision problems. Famous people who were/ are blind include Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Helen Keller, Andrea Bocelli, Louis Braille, and Homer.

Tips to Protect Vision

  1. Eat a diet rich in vitamins
  2. Wear sunglasses
  3. Avoid looking at bright lights including the sun
  4. Exercise
  5. Prevent injuries to your eyes
  6. Quit smoking
  7. Stop abusing alcohol
  8. Lower your blood pressure

Final Thoughts

Do you feel as though you have been educated on these eye ailments? Comment below!

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