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National Eye Exam Month

Don't neglect your eyes - schedule an eye exam this National Eye Exam Month and keep your vision sharp for all of life's adventures!
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Get ready to focus on your eye health this August as we celebrate National Eye Exam Month! Did you know that the first recorded use of eyeglasses was in the 13th century? Since then, advancements in technology have allowed for even more precise and effective ways to care for our eyes. This month serves as a reminder to schedule an eye exam and make sure your vision is in top shape. Plus, with the rise of digital devices, it's important now more than ever to take care of our eyes. So let's celebrate this month by seeing clearly and taking steps towards healthier vision.

History of National Eye Exam Month

National Eye Exam Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1200s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of Eyeglasses</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the late 13th century, the invention of eyeglasses was recorded in Italy, marking a major advancement in eye care.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Ophthalmoscope</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1850 Hermann von Helmholtz's creation of the ophthalmoscope allowed doctors to examine the inside of a patient’s eye, revolutionizing eye exams.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1894</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Foundation of Prevent Blindness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Prevent Blindness, the United States' oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, was founded, highlighting the importance of regular eye exams.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1921</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Optometry School</div><div class='timeline-text'>The creation of the first school of optometry at Columbia University marked a key moment in professionalizing and advancing the practice of eye exams.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of Soft Contact Lenses</div><div class='timeline-text'>The creation of soft contact lenses by Bausch & Lomb provided a comfortable alternative to glasses and hard contacts, expanding options for vision correction.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1989</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Eye Exam Month Introduction</div><div class='timeline-text'>Spearheaded by Sears Optical, the month of August was declared National Eye Exam Month to promote the importance of regular eye check-ups for maintaining good eye health.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Eye Exam Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Schedule an eye exam</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The first step in celebrating National Eye Exam Month is by actually getting an eye exam. Make an appointment with your eye doctor to ensure that your eyes are healthy and you have the correct prescription for glasses or contacts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a new style of glasses</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you wear glasses, National Eye Exam Month is the perfect time to switch up your look. Visit your local optical store and try on different styles and frames to find a new pair that suits you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share eye health tips on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread awareness about the importance of eye exams by sharing helpful tips and information on social media. Use the hashtag #NationalEyeExamMonth to join the conversation and encourage others to prioritize their eye health.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize an eye health event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Partner with your local eye care professionals to host an eye health event in your community. This could include free eye screenings, educational workshops, and fun activities to promote the importance of regular eye exams.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Celebrate with a vision-themed movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and family for a movie night featuring films that celebrate good vision, such as "A Star is Born" or "The Great Gatsby". Serve snacks and beverages with a vision twist, like carrot sticks and apple juice, and enjoy a cozy night in while celebrating National Eye Exam Month.</p></div></div>

Why National Eye Exam Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Maintain good eye health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining good eye health. By getting an eye exam, your doctor can check for any early signs of problems or diseases and provide treatment before they progress.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Detect potential vision issues</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>An eye exam is not just about checking for the need for glasses, but it also evaluates the overall health and function of your eyes. It can help detect issues like near or farsightedness, astigmatism, and color blindness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Early detection of serious conditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many serious conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration have no apparent symptoms in their early stages. By getting a regular eye exam, these conditions can be detected early on, giving you a better chance at successful treatment.</p></div></div>

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National Eye Exam Month FAQs

When is National Eye Exam Month?

National Eye Exam Month is celebrated on August 1st every year. In 2024, National Eye Exam Month will occur on a Thursday.

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