Need an eye exam?
Submitted by Linda Rankin, coordinator, health promotion & psychological safety, Occupational Health & Safety
Health promotion encompasses healthy living, physical and mental wellbeing and is a key priority under the People strategy. Healthy staff result in better quality patient and resident experience.
Did you know that according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) 75% of vision loss can be prevented? The aim of Vision Health Month is to raise the awareness of the importance of protecting your vision. An eye exam can detected changes in your vision and other eye health issues such as glaucoma, cataracts or retinal problems but did you know an eye exam can also detect other health issues? YoursightMatters.com states 7 health issues (diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, cancer and tumors) can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam. If 75% of vision loss can be prevented by early detection and treatment and 7 health issues can be detected with a simple eye exam, isn’t it time you booked an appointment if you haven’t had a recent eye exam?
- Have a comprehensive eye exam at least every 2 years (check your benefit package for details of your eye exam coverage or check on-line for competitive eyes exam fees if you do not have coverage).
- Know your family’s eye health history.
- Eat right to protect your sight. Check out CNIB for eye-healthy food suggestions and recipes.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Wear protective eyewear.
- Quit smoking or better to never start.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV-A and UV-B radiation.
- Give your eyes a rest. (try the 20-20-20 rule if you work at a computer )
- Practice workplace eye safety.
Getting a comprehensive eye exam is one of the best and easiest things you can do for yourself. Your eyes are the window to your health.
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