Cataract Awareness and Fireworks Eye Safety Month

June is Cataract Awareness and Fireworks Safety Month. To celebrate we are providing you with some simple things you can do to help protect and preserve your eyesight and achieve a lifetime of healthy eye vision.

Your eyeballs are your most active muscles – no matter how much you work out. It’s vital that you take care of your eyes just as you would any other part of your body. Cataracts affects over 25 million Americans over the age of 40 and is the leading cause of blindness in adults. 

What causes cataracts?
Many different factors can increase your risk of developing cataracts including diabetes and previous injuries or inflammation of the eyes. Additionally, smoking doubles the risk of developing cataracts, as does excessive exposure to UV light from the sun and other sources. It’s crucial you wear UV-blocking sunglasses while outdoors. 

National Sunglasses Day is June 26th. It’s a great time to take advantage of all the great deals on UV-blocking sunglasses available to you. As a VSP® Vision Care member you receive an additional 20% off of sunglasses at your VSP network doctor*, or through June 30, 2021, you can shop on Eyeconic® and take an additional 10% off (on top of your 20% VSP member discount) on any purchase of non-prescription sunglasses over $125 with promo code MEMBERSUN10

And, don’t forget about the kids. Sunglasses are also important for children as their eyes are still developing and UV damage is cumulative throughout their lives. Sun exposure from a young age can contribute to the development of eye disease later in life. Visit a VSP network eye care provider near you to find sunglasses for kids. 

What are the treatments for cataracts?
Surgery is the only effective treatment for cataracts, but you may not need to get surgery right away. Making routine eye exams a priority is key to maintaining your vision health. Cataracts do not show early warning signs but are more easily detected and successfully tracked if diagnosed early. Cataracts typically get worse over time and can ultimately cause blindness. Staying up to date with your annual eye exam can help detect health conditions, including cataracts, before they progress. 

Talk with your eye doctor about your options. Early on, you may be able to make small changes to manage your cataracts by using brighter lighting, getting a new prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, wearing antiglare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses for reading and other activities. Most eye doctors suggest considering cataract surgery when prescription glasses can't clear your vision and your vision loss interferes with your ability to perform normal daily activities, such as reading or driving at night.

Fireworks Eye Safety Month
June is also Fireworks Eye Safety Month. The 4th of July is quickly approaching and while it’s a fun holiday to celebrate, it also increases the risk of eye injuries. In the most recent report by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 15% of firework injuries reported were eye injuries. The CPSC strongly urges both firework handlers and bystanders to wear protective eyewear while lighting and watching fireworks. If an eye injury does occur, it should be considered a medical emergency and to seek medical attention immediately. To minimize damage, do not rub, rinse or apply pressure, any type of ointment to the injured eye, or remove any objects stuck in the eye. 

*20% savings on additional pairs of prescription or non-prescription glasses/sunglasses within 12 months of your last eye exam.

See Well. Be Well.® Make your eye health and eye care a priority, starting with scheduling a comprehensive eye exam. If you haven’t already, take advantage of your COSE member benefit and opt-in to VSP vision insurance. Contact your COSE sales representative or broker for more info.

 
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