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April

Eye Health

Screening eye exams are important at every stage in life to maintain and preserve your eyesight. Did you know you should have an eye screening exam every 2 to 4 years before age 40, and every 1 to 2 years thereafter? If you notice any changes in your vision, it’s recommended to get your eyes checked out even sooner and many vision insurances cover screening exams. The most common eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, can be recognized early with regular eye screenings to save your eyesight.

Prevea offers the following:

  • Comprehensive eye exams that test 11 areas to be certain your eyes are functioning properly
  • Surgical expertise to treat eye diseases
  • Diagnostic technology for early detection of glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal abnormalities
  • Optical options for lenses and frames
 

Common ways to protect your eyes

  • Turn off electronic devises before bed. Bedrooms should be screen free zones.
  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking increases the risk of serious eye conditions.
  • Wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats that block UV radiation when exposed to the sun, in summer AND winter.
  • April is national Sports Eye Safety Month. Always wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Each year, an estimated 100,000 people are hurt by sports-related eye injuries; about 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss.
  • Wear safety glasses when using power tools for grinding metal or cutting wood to protect your eyes from dangerous particles that could cause permanent damage.
  • Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain. What can you do for yourself and your children?
    • The 20-20-20 rule: Children and adults should give their eyes a screen time break every 20 minutes by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
    • The 1-2-10 rule: Ideally screens should be properly distanced from eyes. Smart phones 1 foot from the eyes; desktops and laptops at 2 feet; and TVs at 10 feet.
    • Lighting and screen brightness: A screen that is brighter than its surroundings can strain the eyes; decrease the screen’s brightness so that it matches the room’s lighting and avoid glare.
    • Wear blue light glasses: they are made with anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and a tint to increase contrast.
 

COVID-19 and eye protection

Your eyes are a potential portal of entry for COVID-19. Eye protection such as face shields and googles protect your eyes from splashes, sprays and infectious droplets. What counts at eye protection?

  • Eyewear must protect the eyes from all sides so fluids do not enter. Most face shields and goggles count as eye protection.
  • Regular eyeglasses do not offer adequate eye protection because they leave gaps around the face and will not protect eyes from all splashes and sprays. Contact lenses are not considered eye protection.
 

*Prevea is offering an Spring Optical Sale with 20% off a complete purchase (some exclusions apply). Call or schedule an appointment at your health and wellness center to discuss how you can take advantage of this sale and manage your eye care.

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