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The people you love and the activities you enjoy are greatly experienced through your eyes, making the care of your vision an investment in your future. (Image: Courtesy MyEyeDr.)

Treat Yourself: Give your eyes some love this month with these tips

February is the month of love, and this Valentine's season, you may want to consider a special, personal gift for yourself. How about the gift of healthy vision and stylish eyewear?

The people you love and the activities you enjoy are greatly experienced through your eyes, making the care of your vision an investment in your future.

Consider these three ways to treat yourself this Valentine's season.

1. Update the style of your glasses

According to All About Vision, eyewear can help people see the real you, or they can help create the image you want. The key is to find the right frames to match your personality and lifestyle.

If you aren't sure which style suits you best, you may want to begin by finding frames that fit the shape of your face.

The perfect frames balance your face shape and highlight your natural features.

Once you figure out what frame shape works best, decide what style speaks to you and how you want your eyewear to function. Are you going to be wearing frames all the time? Will you be looking at a screen for the majority of the day?

For finding the ideal shape, style and function for your glasses, check out the style guide from MyEyeDr. Discover geometric frames, Ruby X styles, Cole Haan and the latest eyewear line to debut, the Grayson line; a combination of masculine details and modern renditions of classic styles.

2. Consider retinal imaging

While eyes are often described as the windows to your soul, they’re also a window to overall health.

One of these important tools for early detection is retinal imaging, a process used to gain a clearer picture of a patients' overall ocular health.

Using this technology, can also help your optometrists diagnose issues such as ocular cancer, glaucoma, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy.

Ask about retinal imaging when making your next annual eye exam.

3. Schedule an annual eye exam

Did you know that February is age-related macular degeneration awareness month?

According to the Macular Degeneration Partnership, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 15 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

Macular degeneration occurs as fluid or deposits of pigment collect in the retina's center, disrupting the structure of the macula. This can lead to loss of function and ultimately central vision loss. Without central vision, it can become impossible to do daily activities like reading text, driving a car or recognizing the finer details that were once in clear view. An annual eye exam could be the key to keeping your vision healthy and protected.

This season, make sure you take the right steps to show a little love to your eyes.

MyEyeDr. is a network of more than 350 optometry practices east of the Mississippi that offer comprehensive eye care services, a selection of designer and value prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, and standard and specialty prescription contact lenses. By welcoming all vision insurance plans and providers, MyEyeDr. makes vision health attainable for everyone. For more information, visit