The National Eye Institute (NIE) has declared May “Healthy Vision Month” in order to educate our country on the importance of making vision a priority for  your overall health.  It is vital for our nation to understand that prevention, protection and early diagnosis of eye diseases can improve and preserve our health and wellness.

One of the first, and most important, steps to preserving your vision is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist.

During an eye exam, we examine your eyes to look for common vision problems and eye diseases – many of which have no warning signs. Most eye diseases, in fact, are painless and do not affect your vision.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect eye diseases in their beginning stages, before any vision loss has occurred. So it’s no surprise that early detection and treatment can help save your sight.

Don’t put off your eye exam any longer.  I often see patients who put off exams for too long, and regret not coming in earlier. Seeing clearly and making sure your preserve your vision should be at the top of your to-do list.

For more information on Healthy Vision Month, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/.