By Maj. Ina Lee-Wharton
U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Save Your Vision Week took place the first week of March with the objective to increase awareness of the importance of eye health and to prevent vision loss from diseases and refractive errors.
This initiative was started by the proclamation of former President Barack Obama in 2009 in an attempt to minimize vision loss by increasing public ocular heath awareness.
According to a 2005 study by the National Eye Institute, only 8 percent of the population questioned knew about glaucoma and other silent vision threats, such as diabetic retinopathy.
Simple measures such as having a routine annual eye exam, maintaining a healthy diet, protecting the eyes from ultraviolet rays and using safety glasses when working in hazardous environments help with the early detection and prevention.
The Optometry Department at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks is committed to providing state of the art eye care to its beneficiaries.
In order to raise awareness of vision disease and disorders, USAHC-SB Optometry is hosting a Save Your Vision Health Fair and Open House on March 23 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
The open house will introduce attendees to several ocular conditions, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetes, hypertension, pterygium, pinguecula, contact-lens-related corneal disorders, traumatic brain injury, headaches and computer vision syndrome.
To learn more about common vision conditions, visit the National Eye Institute at www.nei.nih.gov or the American Optometric Association at www.aoa.org.
Points of Contact
For more information on Save Your Vision Week at USAHC-SB Optometry, contact Maj. Ina Lee-Wharton, assistant chief of optometry at (808) 433-8462.