Every August of the year is the Department of Health Sight Saving Month. This health event is a celebration that aims to emphasize the importance of protecting and taking good care of the eyes and encourage the public to be aware of available means of restoring lost eyesight and the value of organ donation. There are many ways to maintain the health of our eyes and having a regular annual comprehensive eye exam (CEE) is highly recommended by a duly registered Optometrist.
The human eye is the organ that gives us the sense of sight, allowing us to learn more about the surrounding world than any of the other five senses. Being conscious of our eyesight and taking action is the key to a clear and functional vision. For children, annual visual acuity at distance and near measurement is a good start and from there we can initially diagnose the type of refractive error (myopia/ nearsighted, hyperopia/ farsighted, astigmatism) but even with a 20/20 vision they can still have near vision problem and this can affect their learning. For adults, an annual CEE is always a must! Make sure you request it. This month, I will tackle more on Myopia, its harmful effects if not managed immediately and tips on how to take good care of your eyes.