Sunday, March 4, 2012

Save Your Vision Week/Month

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By Akindman
How important is your eye sight?

Close to 75% of North Americans believe that their sight is the most important sense they have according to Yet only about 40% of North Americans have an annual eye exam, and a full 85% admit that they do not care for their eyes as much as they should.

For those of us who have type II Diabetes, we should get our eye exam semi-annually event – I do!

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Save Your Vision Month educates the public about the importance of getting comprehensive eye examinations regularly in order to preserve the vision. Not only can taking the time to protect the health of your eyes reduce the risk of vision loss, but going for a routine eye exam can help detect systemic and chronic diseases like diabetes.

Protect Your Eyes
Wear Sunglasses
Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat
Step Away from the Computer Screen
Quit Smoking
Eat Foods Packed with Antioxidants
Keep Blood Glucose in Check
Exercise Regularly
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Lower Your Cholesterol
Have a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam
What to Do When Your Eyesight Fades

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The top 10 foods for good vision are:
Cold water fish;
Spinach, kale, and green leafy veggies;
Garlic, onions, shallots, and capers;
Fruits & veggies – that contain A, C, and E and Beta-carotene, such as carrots, carrots, and squash;
Blueberries and grapes;
Nuts & berries; and
Virgin olive oil.

Prevent Blindness America’s web site contains a wealth of good information regarding ones sight.  Highly recommend that everyone spends some time there and bookmarks this web site.  Here is a sample of the information you will find there:

Taking care of your sight

Signs of eye problems in adults
If you notice any signs of potential eye problems, see an eye doctor for a complete eye exam.

Even if you have no signs, regular eye exams are recommended—especially for those with some chronic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment can be the key to preventing sight loss.

Any changes in the appearance of your eyes or vision should be investigated further. Some examples include:
The following may be indications of potentially serious problems that might require emergency medical attention:

Getting professional eye care
Wearing contact lenses
Pregnancy and your vision
Computers and your eyes
Healthy living, healthy vision
20/20 at 40 - our adult vision health initiative
Growing older with good vision
Medicare benefits and your eyes
Test your eyes
Living with low vision
Vision care financial assistance information

Remember to protect your eyes!
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