In addition to May Day, May the Fourth (Star Wars Day), Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and my wife’s birthday, May is also Healthy Vision Month. Millions of people live with undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and chronic conditions. Healthy Vision Month was created to promote eye health, the importance of eye exams for the early detection and treatment of various diseases, and proper eye safety practices.
Below is a list of conditions that can be uncovered during an eye exam.
Common Eye Diseases:
• Macular Degeneration
• Retinal Detachment
• Dry Eye
• Corneal Degeneration
Systemic Diseases That Can Be Detected During An Eye Exam:
• Hypertension – High Blood Pressure
• Hypercholesterolemia – High Cholesterol
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Graves Disease
• Herpes Simplex/Herpes Zoster infections
• Carotid Stenosis – a narrowing of the carotid artery and a risk factor for strokes
The NIH has put together a list of educational resources aimed an increasing awareness of eye health and related conditions here: http://www.nei.nih.gov/hvm/education/