Each month, Preserve Vision Florida focuses on a different topic related to vision health. With information published on our blog, we provide information that Floridians need to preserve sight.
January – National Glaucoma Month: Over 2.2 million Americans over age 40 suffer, but have no symptoms from the “Sneak Thief of Sight” that can lead to blindness.
February – AMD/Low Vision Month: Over 2 million people are affected by macular degeneration – low vision aids can help. Info about warning signs informs those at risk.
March – Workplace Eye Wellness Month: The more vision problems employees have, the greater the related healthcare expense – $139 billion is estimated national cost.
April – Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month: Women are at greater risk than men for eye disease. Hormonal changes, age, and smoking can endanger women’s eye health.
May – Ultraviolet Awareness Month: Exposure to UV rays can burn delicate eye tissue and raise the risk of developing cataracts and eye cancer; sunglasses help.
June – Cataract Awareness Month: Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. 22.4 million Americans have cataracts by age 40; more than 50 percent of those aged 80+ have cataracts.
July – Fireworks Safety Month: Estimated 6,400 fireworks-related injuries are seen in ER’s during July alone; 2,300 were to children.
August – Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month: Amblyopia affects 2-3 percent of all children and can cause permanent vision loss. Eye Patch Club helps kids accept treatment.
September – Sports Eye Safety Month: Thousands of eye injuries occur annually related to sports activities among youth and adults; we educate re: sports safety wear.
October – Home Eye Safety Month: Over half of all eye injuries occur in or around the home. We encourage eye wear and emergency treatment.
November – Diabetic Eye Disease Month: Information for 3.6 million Americans who suffer diabetes and how to avoid the onset of diabetic eye disease, diabetic retinopathy.
December – Safe Toys and Gifts Month: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 262,000 ER visits due to toy-related injuries; majority are to head and face, eyes.