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JulEYE: National Eye Health Awareness Month

JulEYE: National Eye Health Awareness Month

JulEYE is National Eye Health Awareness Month in Australia. Run by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), this initiative is dedicated to raising awareness about eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations, aiming to educate Australians on the significance of maintaining good eye health and preventing vision loss.

This JulEYE, let’s shine a light on the importance of eye health and learn how to look after our vision.

The importance of eye health

Our eyes can assist us with everyday tasks, from reading and driving to recognising faces and enjoying the beauty of the world around us. However, eye health often gets overlooked until issues arise. Neglecting eye health can lead to severe consequences, including vision loss and blindness, which can significantly impact our personal and professional lives. Regular eye examinations can detect problems early, ensuring timely treatment and preventing the progression of eye diseases. JulEYE encourages everyone to take proactive steps in looking after their vision, by adopting healthy habits to preserve our long-term vision.

Common eye conditions

Understanding common eye conditions helps in recognising symptoms early. Here are a few to be aware of:

  • Cataracts: Clouding of the lens, leading to blurred vision. More common in older adults.
  • Glaucoma: Increased pressure in the eye, potentially damaging the optic nerve and leading to vision loss.
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): Affects the macula, leading to central vision loss.
  • Diabetic retinopathy: Damage to blood vessels in the retina caused by diabetes, leading to vision impairment.

Tips to maintain healthy eyesight

Our eyes, like any other part of the body, require regular care and attention to function optimally. By adopting a few simple habits, we can significantly improve our eye health and prevent many common vision problems. Here are some practical tips to help you maintain healthy eyesight:

Regular eye exams: Regular eye examinations are vital for detecting issues early. Adults should have their eyes tested every two years, and annually if over 65 or with a family history of eye disease.

Protect your eyes from UV rays: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. UV protection is crucial even on cloudy days, as UV rays can penetrate through clouds.

Eat a balanced diet: Consuming foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, helps maintain good eye health. Incorporate leafy greens, fish, nuts, and colourful fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Stay hydrated: Proper hydration helps maintain eye moisture, preventing dryness and irritation. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.

Quit smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and damage to the optic nerve. Quitting smoking can benefit your overall health, including your eyes.

Practice good screen habits: With increased screen time, it’s essential to take breaks to reduce eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Wear protective eyewear: Use safety glasses or goggles when engaging in activities that could pose a risk to your eyes, such as home repairs, gardening, or playing certain sports.

How to get involved

JulEYE is a great time to get involved and spread awareness about eye health. Here are some ways you can participate:

  • Schedule an eye exam: Ensure you and your family members have regular eye check-ups.
  • Spread the word: Use social media to share information about JulEYE and the importance of eye health.
  • Donate: Support organisations like The Eye Surgeons’ Foundation to fund eye health research and treatment.
  • Volunteer: Get involved with local community events focused on eye health awareness.

JulEYE serves as a reminder to prioritise our eye health and take proactive steps in maintaining good vision. By following these tips and encouraging others to do the same, we can collectively work towards a future where preventable vision loss is significantly reduced. Remember, healthy eyes lead to a healthier, happier life. So, let’s to protect our sight this JulEYE.

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