If there’s one thing I don’t take for granted, it’s my vision.
Seriously now, is there anyone out there who wants to lose their sight? I don’t think so. Especially with 50 Shades of Grey being made into a movie… potentially starring Ian Somerhalder. I NEED to see that, please!
(Insert Eye Candy Here)
For me, I’ve got a little something called glaucoma working against me. Having a very strong family history of the disease, I was diagnosed with high intraocular pressure (IOP) at just 14 years old. Hence, I’ve had to undergo visual field tests once a year for the past twenty years. My last test results suggested that I had a *small* blindspot on my upper left side, but thankfully, no therapy has been indicated just yet. Kind of sucks that I have to dance around a condition that normally affects seniors, but I’m eternally grateful for preventative medicine and technology.
Did you know that many types of vision loss are preventable? It’s true – and with May being Vision Health Month, the CNIB is challenging Canadians to take action to maintain their vision health so that we can eliminate avoidable sight loss in Canada.
For example, were you out with kids this past long weekend? Bet you enjoyed the sunny, warm weather, right? But riddle me this: How many parents made sure that their child’s eyes were protected from the sun? Sure, we all don sunglasses – mostly as a fashion statement, on my part – but how many children are outfitted with eye protection?
Most people don’t realize that UV rays from the sun can damage their eyes and lead to permanent vision loss – and fewer still know their children’s eyes are at risk too. Children in particular need protection, as their eye tissues are more susceptible to sun damage, and they tend to be outdoors more often.
The CNIB recommends choosing sunglasses with at least 99 per cent protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and wear them year-round, even in cloudy weather, because UV rays are present at all times.
(But probably not at night. #CoreyHart Forever)
Get the kiddos involved! Take part in Shades of Fun– a month-long campaign designed to raise awareness about UV damage and raise funds in support of vital CNIB services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. You can also join the CNIB in celebrating on May 24, the official day for Canadians from coast to coast to don their best sunglasses, protect their eyes from UV rays and show the whole country their shades of fun!
And if you’re on Facebook, do pop on over to the CNIB’s fan page to “Show Your Shades!“ – Translation: have super funky sunglasses superimposed on your profile picture :)