If you struggle with sadness, despair, depression, or other persistently negative feelings, please talk to clergy, a physician, or mental health professional to help you regain hope and joy.
It’s probably a myth that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but I hope it’s true for comics, cartoon, and jokes.
Every Friday on Facebook I share a “Funny”. Here are three recent ones with some affiliate links (use of them supports this blog’s mission). Nothing serious today, just enjoy. Maybe you’ll feel better too.
I hope you enjoyed these cartoons and feel a little more cheerful . If you struggle with sadness, despair, depression, or other persistently negative feelings, please talk to clergy, a physician, or mental health professional to help you regain hope and joy.
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Thinking about prevention in health care, we tend to focus on the worst diseases, those that threaten life- cancer, heart attacks, stroke, violence. But non-fatal conditions can also “threaten life”, putting the quality of our lives in danger.
Limited vision contributes to severe and significant loss of function and well being.
If you include people whose vision problems can be corrected with glasses or contacts, it may be the most common disability in the world. But even excluding those people, vision loss still affects millions of people in the world.
Glasses or contact lenses for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism need to be made with a prescription based on the results of an eye exam by a professional.
Glasses for presbyopia, commonly called reading glasses, can be purchased online or in many retail stores and get be fitted by trying on different strengths until you find one that works the best. Most people use them for close work like reading, sewing, crafts, drawing, and games.
I use contacts to correct my vision impairments-myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. One eye is corrected for distance and the other corrected for near . I can read, drive, watch television, dance, take care of my home and work without difficulty.
My husband fights to protect his vision. He had severe myopia which was partially corrected with surgery. He subsequently developed early onset macular degeneration, a condition which destroys the retina of the eye causing loss of central vision. Progression of the degeneration is slowed with regular injections of a drug originally developed to treat cancers. (If a shot into the eye sounds painful, it is.) He has had removal of cataracts. So far he is able to function visually, but he appreciates his sight and does whatever he can to preserve it.
Eat a healthy diet, high in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.
Macular degeneration has been associated with low intake of vitamins A, C, and E, omega 3 fatty acids, lutein and zinc. The best source for this is food. For people who already have macular degeneration or who are at high risk, eye doctors may recommend a vitamin supplement which provides these nutrients.
Manage chronic health conditions.
Diabetes contributes to blindness by damaging the retina. Good control of blood sugar helps to prevent or slow this, as well as regular monitoring and laser treatment when needed.
Vision loss is one of the most common complications from diabetes and one that can be prevented or minimized. If you have diabetes, take it seriously and work with your doctor to manage it well.
You may have diabetes and not know it. Certain symptoms may indicate diabetes; read about them here.
If you have not been tested for diabetes, ask your doctor if you should. It’s a simple blood test called Hemoglobin A1c and is available at this affiliate link . (This link will pay a commission to this blog).
Other chronic conditions associated with vision loss are heart disease and stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol, sickle cell disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Protect your eyes from trauma.
In addition to wearing sunglasses when outdoors, appropriate protective lenses should be worn during sports. People who work at jobs involving power tools or chemicals need protective goggles in case of splashes or flying bits of material. Children, adolescents and young adults are most likely to lose vision from traumatic injuries.
Know and observe the rules for contact lens use.
This is a bonus tip for those of you like me who need contact lenses to correct their vision.
I know how tempting it can be to cut corners when cleaning, storing, discarding and wearing contacts. But when used incorrectly, contacts can cause more problems than they solve. Contact lens wear can cause trauma, infections and dryness that can damage the cornea. Don’t risk turning correctable vision problems into long term harm. Get the details on caring for contacts here.
The Story of My Life is an autobiography of Helen Keller, a woman who was both blind and deaf since infancy. Her remarkable story was also told in a movie.
The Miracle Worker for which Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke as Helen won Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress
For you who may be needing reading glasses now (an affiliate link)
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