The National Eye Institute urges all Americans to prioritize their eye health during May as part of Healthy Vision Month. The most effective way to take care of your eyes is to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam allows your eye care professional to detect vision problems as well as eye diseases. Eye diseases that are caught in the early stages are the most treatable. In addition to your eye health, being vigilant about preventing eye injuries is also important. Many recreational activities and occupations can pose a potential danger to eyes. Wearing protective eye wear is essential in cutting down the risk of eye injuries by as much as 90 percent. At least 38 million Americans aged 40 and over are affected by macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract or diabetic retinopathy and early detection is the key in preventing vision loss. You can find out more about what steps you can take to help maintain healthy vision by visiting the National Eye Institute.