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6 Ways To Help Prevent Vision Loss

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 28, 2011

Comments (7)

Blonde haired woman smiling wearing eyeglasses with grass in the backgroundDid you know that 75% of vision loss is preventable?

While this sounds like music to our ears, you do need to take steps to protect your eyesight.

Hear about what you can do to fight this battle on a personal level with tips from Canada's vision health charity, CNIB.

Did You Know?

Each year, CNIB, Canada's vision health charity, helps over a million Canadians who are living with vision loss or caring for a loved one with vision loss. That's everyone from grandfathers to daughters to infants and preschoolers.

836,000 Canadians live with blindness or vision loss AND every 12 minutes, someone in Canada experiences vision loss.

Vision loss costs Canadians $15.8B every year. That's more than all cancers and heart-related diseases.

All this being said, did you know that vision loss can be minimized through preventative measures?

6 Ways CNIB Suggests You Protect Yourself Include:

๏ Have regular eye exams
๏ Quit smoking
๏ Eat healthy and keep active
๏ Protect your eyes from sunlight
๏ Wear eye protection
๏ Consider vitamins

Eye Exams

Seeing your optometrist regularly is good because serious conditions can be present without symptoms and others can progress rapidly if not treated.

Butt Out!

You wouldn't necessarily link smoking to vision but people who smoke are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Quit now to reduce the risk!

Eating Well and Being Active

What goes into your body also plays a role in how your vision is maintained. Choose vitamin-rich foods and keep active. CNIB cautions that excess weight, a sedentary lifestyle and high blood pressure are eye condition risk factors.

So Bright You Need to Wear Shades

Whether it's tinted glasses, sunglasses or a hat with a brim, take steps to ensure your eyes are not exposed to direct sunlight. CNIB suggests that you wear a hat and sunglasses with at least 98% UV protection.

Eye Protection

Play it safe by wearing approved safety glasses when taking part in sports or working with tools.

Ocular Vitamins

If you have dry AMD (Age-related macular degeneration), talk to your doctor about ocular vitamins. Yes, there is such a thing!

What Does Vision Health Mean to You?

The gift of sight is something we shouldn't take for granted. Representatives from the Voices.com team will be at the CNIB SENSEsation unGala on Friday night to help bring out the funky and fabulous in Londoners and hope to hear many stories of vision health and vision hope.

What does vision health mean to you?

Looking forward to your comments!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

©iStockphoto.com/Joey Boylan


Comments


    Hi Stephanie! Thank you for helping to spread the word about the importance of taking care of your eyes and getting regular eye exams! Another important tip is to be extra careful if you wear contact lenses. Take them out and clean them and replace them as often as your doctor recommends.

    Macular degeneration runs in my family and I am currently taking care of my mother who has it in both eyes. As an avid reader, the loss of even some of her vision has been devasting to her. I try to help by getting her large print books and by making recordings of articles for her so she can keep up on current events. It's a great way to help her as well as continue to hone my voice over skills!

    Thanks for all the great info. I look forward to your VOX Daily tips!

    Posted by:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for this. In the past we've read and heard a lot about ways to protect one's voice as it is vital to succeeding as a voice actor. Without good vision one cannot read a script and may be put out of business because of it. That is a good reason in itself to heed the advice given.

      Posted by:
      • Terry Ciccarelli
      • September 29, 2011 3:35 PM

        Thanks for this post. I suffer from Retinitus Pigmentosa, a genetic condition and I am losing my sight. I would encourage everyone to take care of their eyes.

        Of course vision loss is challenging under any circumstances but for those in voice work imagine how it would affect you if you couldn't see well enough to read scripts or use a computer.

        I greatly apprecate the work of CNIB, they have helped me deal with vision loss in many ways.

        Posted by:

          Vision health is extremely important to me. I am in my mid fifties and over half deaf due to genetics. I think I depend on my eyes more than the average human because of that.
          I recently started seeing black spots and lines in my right eye. I called the doctor the next morning and they had me in there within a few hours. The problem is caused by a natural drying of the inner eyeball as we age. Sometimes the dead cells float in front of the retina until the body can naturally absorb them. There can, however, be dryness around the retina which will cause detachment. The problem is solved with laser surgery if caught early.

          Posted by:
          • Janice Boyd
          • October 4, 2011 10:02 AM

            Good stuff, again, Stephanie and how true! I've got a vision issue myself. Thanks for sharing this good advice.

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            • October 4, 2011 10:03 AM

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