Love your eyes and they’ll love you back

by: Karl Csaky, DMN Contributors Network

I think Helen Keller got it right. “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful,” she once said.
If there is one resolution you make for 2017, make it this: “I will love and care for my eyes.”
When our eyes have problems, we usually act on them solely because it’s required in that moment. When it’s sunny outside, we put on sunglasses: When an eyelash falls in, we fish or flush it out; and on the rare occasions we go see an eye doctor, we usually just nod our heads and say, “Sure, I’ll take the contacts.”

Consider how critical healthy vision is to our daily lives. The ability to walk without assistance, the ability to drive without fear of hitting someone, the ability to see faces — these are incredible gifts we take for granted, and we have our eyes to thank for them. But we don’t thank our eyes. Too often, we don’t even give them the time of day.
One reason we neglect our eyes is the pervading myth that eye health remains largely out of our control. After all, we didn’t choose to be nearsighted, did we? And we certainly didn’t choose for our vision to start deteriorating after age 50.
Eye diseases do occur, but here’s the good news: For all that is outside of our control, eye health is largely within our control. In fact, the common eye problems that many people experience later in life are surprisingly manageable and sometimes preventable.
In the lab, for example, I study age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, which is the No. 1 cause of vision loss for people over the age of 65. AMD occurs when there is a loss of visual cells in the retina, triggering a progressive deterioration of vision smack-dab in the middle of our field of view……
Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/01/03/love-eyes-love-back
Source: Dallas News
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