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Look Out!  It’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Look Out!  It’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Let’s kick off 2018 by caring for our eyes.

This January, we are celebrating National Glaucoma Awareness Month!  While we often may take our vision for granted, our eyesight is something that we should all cherish and take care of.  Whether we have perfect vision, wear glasses, or use contact lenses, there are things that we can do to ensure the health of our eyes.  In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Month, let’s make sure our loved ones and we are all following these eye health care initiatives.

  • Schedule an Annual Eye Exam

We should schedule an eye exam for ourselves and for those we care about at least once a year.  Not only will an annual appointment catch any changes in our eyesight, but it could help detect any deformities or abnormalities in our eyes early on.  By taking our eye health seriously, we can prevent more serious issues down the road.

  • Take Care of Our Eyes

In many cases, our eyesight changes gradually, requiring forms of correction.  Even if we’ve had perfect eyesight in the past, it’s important that we accept the changes and do as our Ophthalmologists recommend.  This means we should wear the glasses our eye doctors have prescribed and avoided the activities that put a strain on our eyes.

It also means protecting our eyes from the sunlight.  We can protect our eyes from UV rays in two important ways: Know the dangers of UV rays. Wear proper eye protection and hats that block UV rays. UV rays can come from many directions. They radiate directly from the sun, but they are also reflected from the ground, from water, snow, sand and other bright surfaces. The sun releases energy (radiation) in many forms. The sunlight we see is one form. The heat we feel from the sun is another. Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a third type, are also invisible to the eye. UV rays cause sunburn. They can also damage our eyes and hurt our vision.

  • Promote Healthy Vision

We should all make an effort to promote healthy vision this month.  We can tell our friends and loved ones to get their eyes checked, and we can make an effort to give back by donating our old glasses to help those who cannot afford new glasses.

  • About Glaucoma

More than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from glaucoma. Nearly half do not know they have the disease—it causes no early symptoms. Prevent Blindness America will provide insightful information about this “Sneak Thief of Sight.”

We at The Maria Sanchez Show would like to invite you to celebrate National Eye Health Care Month with us this January.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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