Contact: Public Affairs
Boston – (May 1, 2011) – The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary consistently promotes eye health and regular vision screenings as part of its mission – and this month the hospital is highlighting healthy sight during the month of May. May is the Healthy Vision Month, an annual observance established by the National Eye Institute. (http://www.nei.nih.gov/hvm/)
As part of Healthy Vision Month, Mass. Eye and Ear is encouraging people to schedule comprehensive dilated eye exams with their ophthalmologists.
In addition, people are urged to become knowledgeable about their family’s eye health history. Do the following to help keep your eyes healthy and protect them from trauma:
- Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids- proven to be beneficial in eye health;
- Wear protective eyewear;
- If you’re a smoker, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start;
- Wear sunglasses year-round;
- Rest eyes every 20 minutes from staring at a computer or television monitor;
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling or changing contact lenses; and
- Always practice workplace safety as part of the healthy vision mission.
Mass. Eye and Ear is dedicated to the safety and education of those in and around its community. In case of an eye emergency, the Mass. Eye and Ear’s Emergency Department, located at 243 Charles Street in Boston, is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and can be reached at 617-573-3431.
Founded in 1824, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School. For more information, call 617-523-7900 or visit http://www.masseyeandear.org/.