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March Was "Save Your Vision Month"
By: Erica Ikeda
O.D., F.C.O.V.D., DPNAP
Since 1927, the American Optometric Association (AOA) had proclaimed Save Your Vision Week in the month of March. President Lyndon B. Johnson then declared Save Your Vision Week a national observance in 1963. In 2005, the AOA adopted “Save Your Vision Month”. During this month, all optometrists are to remind the American public of the importance of your eye health and comprehensive eye exams.
People with Parkinson’s experience issues with their vision, particularly blurred and/or double vision, dry eyes, and difficulties with functional tasks such as reading. In addition, especially during this pandemic period, many people of all ages are relying more on their devices and computers. As a result, there has been a marked increase in complaints of eyestrain, difficulty focusing and tracking on the screen, and dry eyes.
Vision issues can be the cause of falls. A shuffle may be caused by a fear of falling due to changes in in-depth perception or orientation.
What can be done? First and foremost, you should see your eye care provider for a comprehensive vision exam. Your doctor can determine if you require prescription glasses while discussing with you, the appropriate visual ergonomics (e.g. lighting, etc.), anti-reflective lens treatments for glare, artificial tears for dry eyes, etc. to enable you to maintain your daily living skills. Finally, your eye exam will determine if there are any eye health conditions that can be impacting your vision. Remember, you can “Save Your Vision” by having a comprehensive eye exam!
PRO has known Dr. Ikeda since 1997 and he has helped many people with Parkinson’s and their family members. He has been a member of the Wellness Village since May 1, 2020, and you can find everything about him at ParkinsonsResource.org/the-wellness-village/directory/ optometric-vision/