Tag Archives: Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Save Your Vision Month

Save Your Vision Month

It’s Save Your Vision Month, and you can protect your vision in your day-to-day life. Between 8.2 and 15.9 million people’s vision issues are from a correctable problem that could be treated by your eye doctor, so your first priority to save your vision is regular eye checkups.

Smoking is an irritant to your eyes, but it’s also a major risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), plus it’s a leading cause of preventable diseases. Quit smoking now.

Quit Smoking for Your Vision

 

Diabetes can take a toll on your vision. Learn more about diabetic eye disease and how you can protect your eyes.

Eye infections from handling your contact lenses incorrectly can cause real damage. Make sure you know how to handle contacts safely.

If you work in a manufacturing or trade field, it can be extremely important to cover your eyes with appropriate eye gear, like goggles or a mask. Even when working on home improvements or in the yard, it can be a good idea to wear protective eye gear for tasks, like trimming tree branches.

Using Protective Eye Gear

 

With the rise of technical jobs and computers on every desk, eye strain has increased, causing dry eyes and blurry vision. People frequently blink less looking at their computer. Keep eyedrops or a humidifier handy in your work area to avoid dry eyes.

Preventing Eye Dryness

 

You might not be able to cut back screen use at work or home, but changing the lighting to use less blue light in the evenings or wearing new special eye glasses that filter blue light can help you avoid eye strain and sleep better.

Avoiding Eye Strain
Happily Downsizing

Long View: The Key to Downsizing

I recently downsized from a 2-story colonial to a townhouse. I found the process to be freeing, frustrating, exhausting, joyful, and tearful, all at the same time.

It was a 20-year trip back in time. This was the house where my 2 children were raised, the house where one child kicked his foot through the bathroom door and where another child stabbed a knife into the kitchen cabinet. (If you have boys, you will know this is pretty standard stuff.)

I cried as I painted over the growth chart drawn on the master bedroom closet wall that measured boys as small as 6 months old, and even the 2-year-old black Labrador retriever.

How does a person effectively and efficiently go through the collection of a life well lived, keeping what matters most and letting the rest go?

Moving out of the family home and into a smaller, more hands-free lifestyle is an opportunity many of us will face at least once in our lives. No more mowing the lawn, plowing snow, and taking care of the aging house.

Depending on the timing, this can be an exciting change, but it also starts a grieving process all its own. Whether a positive or not-so-positive move, stress will take its toll on you and those who love and support you. Websites like Caring.com and Caregiver.org have some wonderful tips that rang true for me. These are my top 10:

  1. Avoid tackling the whole house in one go. This is an emotional process, and tackling one room at a time is easier on those emotions.
  2. Use the new space as a guide. Get the measurements of the rooms and storage areas. My 9-foot Christmas tree had nowhere to live in my new space unless I wanted to keep it up year-round.
  3. Banish the maybe pile. Keep, donate, toss.
  4. Pack representative bits of favorite items and not the whole collection. Consider digitizing pictures, and keep only those that would look good up on the wall or on tabletops. You can always print new ones to put into frames when you want a change.
  5. Get high-value items appraised before selling on ebay or Craigslist. Don’t give out your address or phone number until you are sure they’re a strong buyer. If someone needs to come to your home to purchase an item, have someone else there with you. Cash only.
  6. Give the things you promised to someone else to that person now. What a wonderful time to honor your legacy, while you’re still here with us.
  7. Don’t think you have to haul it all away yourself. Services like 1-800-Got-Junk and your local Salvation Army and Goodwill have pick-up services for a fee.
  8. Shred, shred, shred. Invest in your own shredder or watch the newspapers for shredding events. Never throw away anything with personal information on it. This includes shredding the hard drives of old computers.
  9. Now is the time for your grown children to take home their own things. Your home is no longer a museum for their old high school yearbooks, prom dresses, and baseball trophies.
  10. Take breaks! A glass of wine or a cup of coffee will re-energize you or help you relax, depending on what you need at the moment.

 

Lora Felger is a community and broker liaison at Health Alliance. She is the mother of 2 terrific boys, a world traveler, and a major Iowa State Cyclones fan.

Low Vision Awareness Month

AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 15 million adults over the age of 50.

Adults Suffering from AMD

 

AMD causes the gradual loss of the ability to see objects clearly.

Losing Clear Vision

 

AMD causes objects to look distorted, like straight lines looking crooked.

AMD causes the loss of clear color vision.

Your Color Vision

 

AMD can cause a dark, empty area to appear in the center of your vision.

AMD and Losing Your Vision

 

Fight AMD by improving the lighting in your home and office. Focus on avoiding glare.

Fight AMD

 

Try reading books in large print or other media, like audio books. You can also use a hand-held magnifier.

Trying to Prevent AMD