Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Celebrating “Save Your Vision Month”

Visionworks and Independence Blue Cross (IBC) of southeastern Pennsylvania have teamed up to support Save Your Vision Week, March 4 - 8, 2013. During the week, the two organizations will provide educational and communications tools about the importance of vision care to customers and members as part of American Optometric Association’s Save Your Vision Month, notes a Visionworks spokesperson. Particularly relevant to this year’s educational efforts is the growth among children and adults of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), an eye disorder that has arisen with the increased use of electronic devices. Symptoms of CVS include headaches, fatigue, dry eyes, and blurred vision. Read more.

The American Optometric Assn. is taking a slightly different approach:

Everyone’s heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Well, it’s true for your eyes as well as for your heart, bones and teeth. During AOA’s Save Your Vision Month, the AOA reminds Americans that caring for eyes includes looking carefully at what you eat.

Six nutrients ― antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, essential fatty acids, vitamins C and E and the mineral zinc ― have been identified as helping to protect eye sight and promote eye health. Because the body doesn’t make these nutrients naturally, it’s important that they are incorporated into a daily diet and, in some cases, supplemented with eye vitamins.

Read more.

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