Every year in March, we recognise National Save Your Vision Month, a campaign designed to promote good eye health.
The American Optometric Association selects a different theme every year to focus its campaign, and in 2020 the theme aims to promote awareness around digital eyestrain and the importance of receiving regular, comprehensive eye exams from a doctor of optometry.
The focus for the 2020 campaign will primarily be on the effects of blue light (the light given off by digital devices) on our vision and general health. According to a recent survey, the average American person spends over 7 hours a day using digital devices and by analysing data and research, the use of this technology for extended periods of time can have a significant effect on our vision as well as sleep patterns and overall health.
Funds raised during Save Your Vision Month go toward Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation. There are lots of ideas for fundraising and tips to promote this campaign on he AOA website if you wish to support this campaign. If nothing else, discover ways to protect your vision. After all, its unlikely we will all stop using our devices.