How to Protect Your Eye Health
Sometimes the most negative events in our lives can lead to positive outcomes.
At my last job I worked at a Credit Union. One of my good friends there got suspended because her cash drawer didn’t balance.
She decided to take her one week’s suspension to take care of herself. She used the time off to go to the Doctor, Dentist, and Eye Doctor. She was thinking ahead that if she lost her job, at least she would have her preventative care taken care of for the next year.
Imagine her surprise when a routine check for new glasses revealed she had a serious eye disease. The doctor said if she waited even another month, she could have experienced severe vision loss.
We don’t have to wait for a major life event to take care of our eyes.
Just imagining the consequences of going blind due to a preventative illness are enough to get me motivated.
1. I could no longer work to help support my family.
3. I couldn’t help take care of our dog Carmella or take her for walks.
4. I couldn’t help my Grandparents do their groccery shopping and other errands.
5. It would be very difficult to cook meals and desserts for my family. Also, did you know that over 88% of people say that the visual presentation of their food is important? Imagine if you could never see your food again!
In addition, even though I’m young diabetes runs in my family. Did you know that over 90% of blindness is the result of diabetic retinopathy?
Despite my age I do worry about my vision. To be honest it is TERRIBLE. Every year I require a harsher and harsher prescription. I’m literally blind as a bat without my glasses, and worry that someday they won’t be much help anymore. I also worry about Macular Degeneration as my Grandmother has it.
To help keep my eyes healthy I try to do the following.
1. Be aware of my risks like the family history mentioned above. Not aware of yours? By entering some details you can receive a free risk assessment of your eye health.
2.Protect my eyes from the sun with Transitions Lenses. They are the #1 recommended adaptive lenses worldwide because they 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB . They adapt to all levels of light so you can protect your eyes and see your best. In addition, they reduce eye fatigue and eye strain (a must have if you’re on the computer a lot like me!)
3. Eat healthy foods. Besides carrots, broccoli, kale,and sweet potatoes are great for your eyes as well.
4. Go to the eye doctor at least once a year. Looking for a way to get a free eye exam? Please come join Transitions to learn more about eye health and get a complimentary screening.
Looking to learn more, but don’t live in the area? Be sure to join us on June 19, 2013 from 9-10 PM for a Summer Eye Safety Twitter Party.
Remember after swiping on your mascara and blending your eye shadow, protect your eyesight with some of the tips mentioned above!