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Posted On 10/01/2017
October is Eye Injury Prevention Month!

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month!

Did you know that approximately 80% of what we learn comes through our eyes? Taking care of them is as important as practicing good oral hygiene, wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle or buckling a seat belt when riding in a car. Talk about these eye protection tips with your family today!
  • Even on cloudy days, 75% of the sun's rays shine through and can cause damage. To protect eyes, wear sunglasses that have a UV protection label, along with a wide-brimmed hat. Never look directly at the sun.
  • Always wear eye protection while playing sports, conducting science experiments, shooting at a practice range and mowing the lawn.
  • Other ways to protect eyes include utilizing good lighting when reading, and not looking too closely at books or electronics. When in doubt, there is an easy rule to remember to help you hold your book and electronics at the right length from your eyes: Put your fist on your chin; you should hold your book/device at your elbow.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: For every 20 minutes you are watching T.V., playing video games, or on the computer, look away at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Fill your plate with generous portions of fruits and vegetables, which are high in vitamins and nutrients essential for eye health.
Other Resources
Eye Health Information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology • AAO.org
National Eye Institute for Kids • NEI.NIH.gov
Vision Screenings • HealthyChildren.org
General Vision Health • CDC.gov
Your Child's Sight • PreventBlindness.org
Health in the News
Low-Dose Atropine for Kids with Myopia • AAO.com
Sight-Threatening Injury Turns Teenager into Eye Safety Advocate • AAO.org
Have Kids? Know About These Eye Hazards • HealthCare.Utah.edu
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