May is Healthy Vision Month

To the Editor,

One of the major focuses of Lions Clubs International — the largest humanitarian organization in the world — is vision. In 1921, Helen Keller charged the members of Lions Clubs to become “Knights of the Blind.” After that, vision has been a major project for Lions all over the world and remains a major focus to this day.

The Weirton Lions Club would like to offer to you the following simple tips for healthy eyes.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam – many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age=related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

Know your family’s eye health history – many eye diseases or conditions are hereditary. This information will help determine if you’re at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Eat right to protect your sight. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables — particularly dark leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens. Other beneficial foods include carrots, and fish high in omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna and halibut.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions which can lead to vision loss.

Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or other activities.

Quit smoking or never start.

Wear sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Give your eyes a rest – try the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes look away about 20 feet in front of you (from your computer screen or focusing on one thing) for 20 seconds – this can help reduce eyestrain.

Clean your hands and contact lenses properly to avoid risk of infection.

Practice workplace eye safety.

The Weirton Lions Club encourages you to take up these simple tips and help maintain your healthy eyes. If you are interested in more information regarding the Lions Club and their projects, contact me at (304) 797-8374.

Bernice Pitcock

President Weirton

Lions Club

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