Celebrating Healthy Vision Month
May is Healthy Vision Month, which makes it the perfect time to dive deep into why healthy, clear vision matters. Many people may underestimate the importance of what clear vision can do for their lives. What you may not know is that your sight plays a crucial role in all aspects of life. Fortunately, there are ways to promote healthy vision and enhance your sight.
Why eye health is so important
Your vision plays a big part in helping you to live your life to the fullest. Everyday tasks like driving a car, reading emails, or even going for a walk are made possible with the help of your vision. All of the benefits of healthy vision aren’t always clear until that vision begins to fade. Vision loss can often cause people to lose their jobs, as most occupations involve sight to some degree. It can also lead to an increased risk of falls or other injuries. For all of these reasons and more, vision loss has been linked to poor mental health.
Maintaining your eye health should be a priority at all ages. Luckily, there are several things you can incorporate into your everyday life to help keep your eyes healthy. Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and choosing not to smoke all have lasting benefits. Wearing sunglasses outside, especially on sunny days, will help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Finally, one of the most important things you can do to maintain healthy vision is to get regular eye exams. You’re much more likely to catch eye diseases and conditions early on, which can increase the effectiveness of any treatments or procedures.
Treating conditions like cataracts
Being diagnosed with an eye disease or eye condition isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it isn’t even the end of having clear vision! It’s common to wait until cataracts interfere with your day-to-day life before removing them through surgery. Dr. Beran and Dr. Weber will help you make decisions regarding any cataracts you may develop, and they can advise you on when it is the right time for treatment. During cataract surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with a vision-enhancing artificial lens. After surgery, patients typically enjoy clear, improved sight—completely cataract-free.
Enjoy clearer vision today
This Healthy Vision Month, don’t take your sight for granted! If you are interested in enjoying your clearest vision today, there are many options beyond glasses and contacts. LASIK can reduce your reliance on corrective lenses and provide improvements to vision concerns like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, a flap will be made in the cornea, and Dr. Beran or Dr. Weber will use lasers to reshape your cornea and replace the flap. LASIK boasts a short recovery period and high patient satisfaction rates. You can book a consultation with Dr. Beran or Dr. Weber to assess your eligibility for LASIK and to determine your vision goals. If you are not eligible for LASIK, you will be walked through alternatives like AST.
If you have any concerns or would like information about getting clearer vision, call 614.939.1600 to schedule an appointment at Columbus Laser & Cataract Center.