March 8, 2012 Leave a comment
The Precious Gift of Sight
Submitted by Lighthouse Volunteer, Caryl Melancon
The ability to see is a very precious gift. A gift, which unfortunately, we do not always appreciate until it has been lost. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, “every 7 minutes, someone in the United States becomes blind or visually impaired”. Although certain eye conditions linked to aging, genetics, and disease cannot be prevented, there are certain conditions that can be prevented or delayed. March is Save Your Vision Awareness Month to help create awareness of the do’s and don’ts of protecting your vision.
Do Have Regular Eye Exams
Everyone from children, to adults, to seniors should visit an eye care professional on a regular basis for a dilated eye exam. Many eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease do not have early symptoms or warning signs. By the time you are aware that something is wrong, it may be too late to save your vision. Regular eye exams are critical to detecting conditions which could lead to vision loss.
Do Eat Right
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables especially dark leafy greens such as spinach can help to keep your eyes healthy. Fish with high omega-3 fatty acids, also, contribute to good eye health. Read more of this post