October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

Written by QuickMedical on Friday October 19, 2012

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month.

It's also Home Eye Safety Month. Protecting your eyes is an important but often overlooked task. What are simple things can you do to protect your eyes and eyesight? Click ahead to find out.

Eat eye-healthy foods. Foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin such as spinach, kale, and brussel sprouts have been clinically proven to lower the risk of cataracts. People given vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and zinc in supplements were less likely to develop advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Regular eye exams. People who wear contacts or have health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of ocular disease are encouraged to have annual eye exams. The American Optometric Association advises adults with no symptoms to have regular eye exams every two years. Eye exams often include visual acuity tests with eye charts. QuickMedical has new eye charts from Grafco currently on site.

Wear eye protection. This includes health professionals wearing face masks with plastic eye shields, construction workers wearing goggles, and desk jockeys wearing computer glasses. You only get two eyes, so it's best to keep them as safe as possible with eye protection. This also includes wearing eye protection while doing household projects. Don't forget to watch out for oddball events. Fireworks, pellet guns, baseballs, and even Frisbees can blind in the right situation, so be wary.

Sammy Davis, Jr. nearly died in an automobile accident on November 19, 1954 in San Bernardino, California, as he was making a return trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He lost his left eye as a result. He's pictured above with fictional doctor Ben Casey during production of the TV show Ben Casey .

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