What can you do to protect your Vision?

Today I was going through my personal mail and was in awe of the amount of mail I received after sorting out the junk. The pile was still high. But what struck me was that most of the information pertained to children’s issues. Not only were the issues confined to the U.S. but also globally. The common thread in all these global issues is the atrocities of children lacking vision, hunger, malnutrition, clean and safe water and the list goes on.

The title of this article “What can you do to protect your vision?” evolved through the profound impact of these letters. My conscience would not set me free if I didn’t share the gravity of this issue with you. You will be amazed at the large number of children who are afflicted with eye problems and blindness. Some of these problems developed from lack of clean drinking water, and malnutrition. I became somber and realized that the state of the world especially for children with disability is not a bright and promising one if programs are not implemented for their well-being.

Children with disability or challenges should not suffer, but should be provided with the tools, opportunities, teachers and education that normal healthy children have. They too, can become responsible citizens in the world. I know that from just looking at the artwork of those blind children’s beautiful cards sent to me as gifts. The images on the cards were beautiful. You would not have known that these images came from blind gifted children. I must point out it was possible because caring organizations are making a difference.

Reading the information made me sad because without our donation, these organizations would not have the funds to carry out their missions of helping these precious children. Children who are not in one of these programs cannot go to school to get a good education nor can they go outside to play. They are stuck especially if the family is poor.

These organizations play a pivotal role in the lives of these children and their families. They are the safety net for these children in providing Braille books audiotapes, teachers and all essentials for living and their education.

How can we protect our vision?

To protect our vision:

  • Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight. This may help to delay cataracts.
  • If you smoke, stop now!
  • Researchers also believe good nutrition can help reduce the risk of age-related cataracts. They recommend eating green leafy vegetables, fruit and other foods with antioxidants.
  • If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. In addition to cataracts, your eye care professional can check for signs of age-related mascular degeneration, glaucoma, and other vision disorders. Early treatment for many eye diseases may save our sight.

This quotation by the French Quaker Missionary (Etienne de Grellet du Mabillier) sums up my mission in life beautifully and I quote, “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

When was the last time you had an eye exam? If it’s time, I encourage you to call and make that appointment today! 

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