World Sight Day is coming up, so guard your vision with these five steps recommended by the National Eye Institute:
- Visit a doctor regularly for a comprehensive eye exam.
- Know your family’s eye health history — some conditions are inherited.
- Eat right to protect your sight (lots of fruit and vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens).
- Quit smoking — or even better, never start.
- Wear sunglasses that block the sun’s harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays.
Free Eye Screenings Available
On World Sight Day–Thursday, October 10–the North Shore-LIJ Health System is working together with Sightsavers International to promote eye health. Adults can call ahead to learn more:
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (appointments from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 210 East 64th St., West Eye (First Floor), New York, NY 10065—212-702-7777.
Syosset Hospital (appointments from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 221 Jericho Turnpike, Administrative Conference Room (First Floor), Syosset, NY 11791—516-496-6400.
Staten Island University Hospital (appointments from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.), 475 Seaview Avenue, The Regina McGinn Education Center, Staten Island, NY 10305—718-226-1855.
Please remember: Only adults are eligible for a free eye screening.