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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month - little girl holding flowers over her eyesAs lazy summer days come to an end and the hustle and bustle of the pending school year approaches, the American Academy of Ophthalmology stresses the importance of adding vision exams to the yearly back to school checklist for all children.

 

August: Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

More than simply a monthly observance, Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month is critical for the education of parents and children alike, highlighting the importance of annual vision screenings for children ages three and up. Proper screenings not only help to ensure children are receiving important care for visual impurities, eye injuries, and eye diseases, they offer helpful information on how to care for and maintain healthy eyes. Statistics show 1 in 20 children aged 3-5 have vision problems that could result in permanent vision loss if left untreated.

 

Immunization Awareness Month

August also observes Immunization Awareness Month to highlight the importance of vaccinating those of all ages against dangerous and deadly illnesses and diseases. These vaccinations are necessary for protecting our community, preventing epidemics, and eliminating diseases and their serious effects on our society. Vaccinations have erased smallpox and wild polio-virus in the US, and reduced the number of measles cases since the 20th century.

Don’t listen to those old high school acquaintances on Facebook — immunizations are essential! It’s just good science: make sure your family stays up-to-date.

 

August Daily Observances

August 1st: World Lung Cancer Day

Being the most common form of cancer suffered around the world, lung cancer claims more lives than breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined, and accounts for nearly one in five cancer deaths globally.

94% of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking tobacco.

Being a preventable disease, smokers have a 24-36 times higher chance of developing lung cancer than non-smokers. Other risks include air pollution, industrial products, and nutritional deficiencies. Statistics in the US show 1 in 16 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.

Smoking can affect the health of your eyes and vision as well. Smoking tobacco can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy — not to mention dry eye syndrome.

August 26th: National Dog Day

National Dog Day was founded by Colleen Paige (who also created National Puppy Day, National Cat Day, and many more). Colleen’s mission is to show the public how dogs bring happiness and comfort to families all over the world, and to also remind us all how many amazing animals are up for adoption and need a caring home.

At Restoration Eye Care we’re proud to partner with many local nonprofits (including the Central Missouri Humane Society), to help our community thrive. If you’ve been considering a new canine addition to your family, please consider adopting a dog in need.

 

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month - kids on a couch petting their dog

Top 5 Reasons to Get iLASIK Surgery in August

  1. End of summer vacations: No more hassle of carting around multiple pairs of contacts, glasses, solution and cases.
  2. Back to school: Tackling the new school year without the concern of contacts or glasses holding back your best vision.
  3. Freedom: You’re eyes are no longer irritated by annoying contacts or uncomfortable glasses.
  4. Allergies: Pollen levels are lower in the summer months than spring and fall, making this an ideal time for iLASIK.
  5. Exploring outdoors and sports: Enjoy playing or watching sports and explore the fall colors without the visual restrictions of glasses and contacts.

 

What do you want to see?

What are you looking forward to this August? What are you excited to see this fall? Let us know! You can contact Restoration Eye Care anytime, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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