March is Low Vision / AMD Awareness Month
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in individuals age 50 and older. It is important to inform everyone about AMD and the low vision resources available that can help those affected by this disease maintain independence and preserve their quality of life.
April is Sports Eye Safety Month
Think it’s not cool to wear protective eyewear? Think again.
There are over 40,000 sports-related eye injuries each year, many resulting in permanent vision loss. And 90 percent of these injuries could have been avoided if the athlete had been wearing eye protection.
Sports are the number one cause of eye injuries in children under sixteen. And we’re not just talking about baseball, basketball and hockey. Soccer, golf, water sports and even badminton, can also be dangerous to the eyes. That’s why NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul Jabbar and MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench protect their eyes when they are on the field or court.
Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes. So call Florida Eye Center at 727-895-2020 today for appropriate protective eyewear for your sport.
May is Health Vision Month
Preventive eye care is important because eye conditions and diseases that can rob you and your family of good vision can strike people at any age.
Infants and toddlers should be screened for common eye problems, such as strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye), during their regular pediatric appointments.
Children, teens, young adults and middle-aged individuals need to take care of their vision by getting regular eye exams and by wearing protective eyewear when taking part in high risk activities, such as playing sports, doing yard work or working with chemicals.
Seniors over the age of 65 should have complete eye exams every one to two years for cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions.
Diabetic retinopathy can affect people of any age, so a yearly eye exam is recommended for those with diabetes.
Protecting your eyes from accidents and early detection and treatment of eye problems are the best ways for you and your family to take care of your vision throughout life. So, if you or your family are at risk for eye disease or experience any eye problems, call Florida Eye Center at 727-895-2020 today.
June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month
Although fireworks are used to celebrate various occasions, decades of experience teach us that fireworks can be dangerous and should be left up to the professional firework handlers.
During 2003, fireworks sent over 6800 people to emergency rooms during the Fourth of July holiday – most victims were children and young adults. Of these injuries, nearly 1400 were eye-related.
The illegal fireworks, bottle rockets and Roman candles, account for the majority of injuries each year, but even the seemingly harmless fireworks, such as sparklers can cause injuries. For children under the age of five, sparklers account for more than one half of all fireworks injuries.
Have a safe holiday and don’t play with any fireworks! Leave the fireworks to the professionals – visit a public fireworks display instead.
July is UV Safety Month