Fun Facts for Healthy Vision Awareness Month
May is National Healthy Vision Awareness Month. Did you know that 75 percent of Americans use some type of vision correction assistance, including glasses, contacts, etc.? While most people don’t always think of vision as a needed regular check-up, unless there are present symptoms of negative vision, a vision check-up is something that everyone should be doing regularly. Most optometrists would recommend an eye exam every one to three years, with different risk factors varying from person to person. That’s why it’s important to raise awareness to support healthy vision. Doing so can help to lower the risk of worsening vision, as well as have the ability to correct or improve symptoms of poor vision.
In honor of Healthy Vision Awareness Month, here are six fun facts you might like to know:
- Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.
- Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
- 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.
- Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have some kind of vision impairment.
- Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.
- May is National Healthy Vision Month. It’s never too late to get involved and help spread awareness.
When was the last time you got an eye exam? Need an eye doctor? Straith Hospital has several experienced physicians that can talk with you about your risks for poor vision, as well as talk to you about the various treatments available. Get the expert advice you need by calling us today at (248) 357-3360.