Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were to lose your eyesight to a preventative illness? How would it impact your family? Considering how blurry my eyes can get after prolonged periods on the computer, this is a scenario that crosses my mind. Therefore, maintaining good vision is imperative for me and my family.
Maintaining Good Vision
Both of my parents wear glasses and have for most of their lives. Therefore, I have come to understand that I need to wear my glasses. My dad also has diabetes. People with diabetes often have a higher risk of blindness than people without. My dad is very meticulous about keeping his blood sugar under control, and I appreciate the concern for his health.
Knowing what I do about my dad, both of my parents actually, it motivates me to not only maintain my own health, but that of my family as well. We have begun to make better food selections and have chosen to live a healthier lifestyle. We exercise regularly and are more attentive to our food choices. Plus, I am sure you have heard the age old adage about eating carrots to improve your eyesight. But, did you know that in addition to carrots, foods such as broccoli, kale, berries, and sweet potatoes also promote healthy eyesight? Give them a try!
What we eat is not the only factor though. It is also important to protect the physical makeup of the eye.
This is where Transitions Lenses step in. Transitions lenses can actually block 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. This, in return, helps to protect both the health and wellness of your eyes. And not only for right now… but for a lifetime ahead.
My biggest concern right now is blurred vision. But, my fear is the reality that, over time, I could develop my dad’s diabetes. Then, the diabetes could lead to diabetic retinopathy. The numbers tell the story: 1 in 10 Hispanics have diabetes… which is three times the rate of the general population. Not to mention, as many as 95% of Hispanics alone have type 2 diabetes.
Thus, I make sure to schedule annual eye screenings for my kids and myself. 4 out of my 5 children currently own a pair of prescription glasses. I am adamant about their appointments and am sure to keep them on the schedule. Sometimes it truly is the little things that can take you the furthest. By taking care of your eyes, you can maintain good health and better eye sight.
In fact, the “assessment of your risks” test on the Transitions Healthy Site for Life website displays should be essential to each of us. All you need to do is choose an ethnicity and age and you’re done. The results are quick and fashioned towards keeping you healthy. One of the best pieces of advice the site displayed for me was this:
No matter what your age, you need to protect and take care of your eyes with regular eye exams and protection from the sun’s UV rays.
This alone makes Transitions lenses an ideal choice for everyday use in order to maintain healthy sight. The lenses are clear indoors. But then at night, and outdoors, the lenses will continuously adapt to each variation of light so that you can consistently see your best. Not to mention, the reduced glare, eye fatigue and strain help you see better without the additional effort.
Free Vision Screenings
Just last month, both Transitions and the American Diabetes Association held an in-market event in San Antonio, Texas. The goal of the event was to provide Latino and multicultural families with vital eye health information. Over 5,590 visitors attended the event and was a 6% increase over the previous year’s visitor traffic! Plus, overall there were 329 free vision screenings performed and each of those that participated were encouraged to visit an Eye Care professional for follow-up care. All of the information provided in regards to the link between Diabetes and healthy eyesight is imperative for the Latino community.