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Blindness Awareness Month

Blindness Awareness Month

It’s Blindness Awareness Month, and blindness affects more people than most realize.

Worldwide, over 285 million people are visually impaired, and over 39 million of those people are completely blind.

The Rate of Blindness

 

10 million Americans have retinal diseases, which affect the tissue at the back of your eye. They can get worse over time.

Retinal Diseases

 

Some people lose peripheral and night vision without losing their central vision. It depends on how retinal diseases affect them.

Losing Types of Vision

 

Retinal diseases include macular degeneration. Many people go blind over time with macular degeneration.

Symptoms of retinal diseases include seeing flecks, blurred vision, poor side vision, or vision lost.

Retinal Disease Symptoms

 

If you’re worried you’re suffering from a retinal disease, your eye doctor can run some tests and talk to you about treatment options.

Tests for Retinal Diseases

 

There are ways to take it easy on your eyes, like having your glasses prescription updated and choosing appliances made for low vision.

Making It Easy for Your Eyes

Safe and Happy Holidays

Holiday Safety Tips

These important holiday safety tips can help you have a happy and safe season. Make sure you’re decorating smart with the 12 Days of Safety.

12 Days of Safety

 

Angel hair for decorating is made from spun glass and can irritate your eyes and skin. Wear gloves or use non-flammable cotton instead.

Avoiding Angel Hair

 

Spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if you breathe it in, so follow the directions carefully.

Spraying Fake Snow Safely

 

Make sure poisonous plants, like some poinsettias, are above the reach of children and pets.

Safe Decoration Placement

 

Choose your gifts wisely. Give older family members presents that aren’t heavy or awkward to carry.

Safe Gift-Giving

 

Be aware of the dangers of coin lithium batteries when giving gifts during the holidays.

 

Make sure you have a designated driver from holiday parties, and be prepared for driving in the snow during holiday travel.

Drive Smart During the Holiday Season

 

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Get more important decorating holiday safety tips for a healthy and safe holiday season.

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Fight for Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month, it’s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Did you know that diabetes is a leading cause of blindness?

29 million Americans over 20 have diabetes, and almost 1/3 don’t know they’re at risk for vision loss.

DED Infographic

 

Did you know that cataracts are common among people with diabetes? Test your diabetic eye disease IQ.

Avoid Diabetic Eye Disease

 

Early symptoms of diabetic eye disease can go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Fight Back Before It's Too Late

 

Diabetic eye disease happens when blood vessels in the retina are damaged from high blood sugar levels.

 

People with diabetes should get a comprehensive, dilated eye exam each year.

Get Your Eyes Examined

 

Newer treatments can protect you if you get diagnosed early.

The Best in Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment

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Avoiding Food Allergies for Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Awareness Week 2016

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, so we’re bringing you facts about food allergies each day. Learn more.

Food Allergy Breakdown

 

Bodily Reaction

 

Milk and Egg Allergies

 

Allergy Signs and Symptoms

 

Treating a Reaction

 

Cleaning Surfaces

 

Cooking for Those with Food Allergies

 

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October Awareness Months

October Awareness Months

There are a lot of important awareness months in October, so we will be connecting you to info and resources for a different one each day.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about this cancer, and how you can help.

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It’s also Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Learn more about it and how you can help.

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It’s also National Physical Therapy Month. There are ways physical therapy can help you age well. Learn more.

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It’s also SIDS Awareness Month. Make sure you know how to protect your baby and help make a difference.

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It’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help protect your loved ones and get involved with the cause.

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It’s also Spina Bfida Awareness Month. Learn more about it and help enhance the lives of those affected.

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It’s also Eye Safety and Injury Prevention Months. Learn more about how and when you should be protecting your eyes.

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Vision Testing for Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

It’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and National Eye Exam Month, so make sure their eyes are ready for back-to-school too.

Their eyes should be checked during regular exams and vision testing should happen around age 3.

 

Do your kid’s eyes naturally cross? They may have strabismus.

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Does one of your kid’s eyes seem to wander? They may have amblyopia, or a lazy eye.

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Does your kid’s eyelids droop? They may have ptosis.

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Does your kid have trouble seeing or identifying certain colors? They may be colorblind.

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Does your kid seem disinterested in reading or seeing distant objects? They may be far or nearsighted.

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Does your kid squint or turn their head trying to focus on the TV? They may have astigmatism. Take them to the eye doctor for a checkup.

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Protect your kids eyes in these situations by taking them to the eye doctor for a checkup at the first sign of problems. The earlier it’s caught, the better the chance of improving a vision problem.

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Pre-Planning for the End of Life's Stroll

Vantage Point: Pre-Planning Is Key Part of Life’s Stroll

There is nothing like a summer evening stroll—the sounds of people reminiscing on front porches, American flags flapping in the warm breeze, birds chirping, and children’s laughter. Smells of barbecue and freshly mown lawns tickle the nose as eyes feast on the sights of gardens overflowing with flowers and kids riding bikes as their wet swim trunks leave a trail of water from the city pool.

I think back to summers past and family celebrations. These are the nights I want to remember when the days turn shorter, darker, and colder. Walking past the town cemetery, I think about a recent visitor in our Health Alliance office. A distraught spouse tearfully informed us of an unexpected passing. She seemed so lost, not knowing what to do next, and looking over the tidy headstones, I decided I don’t want that experience for my loved ones.

Reaching out to Beth Pent, continuing family care and pre-need counselor at Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home, I learned funeral planning can be a lot like wedding planning. There are seemingly unlimited choices to reflect your expressed wishes and unique style, and planning ahead provides peace of mind. Everyone will need to have final arrangements someday, and if you don’t take care of it, the burden of planning and funding it will fall to the grieving next of kin.

Even if you choose not to have a service, there is still a long checklist of responsibilities and state- and county-required documents survivors must take care of, in addition to the transportation and handling of the body. Some choices require authorization, so pre-planning can record everything you think the executor of your estate will need to know to carry out your wishes.

Consulting with a trusted resource, like Beth, not only helps you determine your pre-made decisions, such as final resting place, but it also helps relieve family members from having to guess and possibly argue over what you would have wanted. Pre-planning encourages you to consider your loved ones and is a way you can help them through their grief.

Funerals can be a celebration of life, and I want mine to serve as my last gesture of love by taking care of everything I can ahead of time. I want it to feel like a midsummer-evening stroll that evokes a sense of family, friends, and community.