Few things are scarier than the idea of losing your sight.
As you grow older, you start to notice your eyes don’t work as well. It’s hard not to imagine what would happen if you just couldn’t see.
It’s heartbreaking to think about. Not being able to see the faces of your children or grandchildren. Not being able to watch them do the things they love like sports and dancing.
And not being able to do the things you love.
To have to depend on others to go to the store. Or to read your mail. Or to figure out what you want to wear for the day.
It’s scary. But it’s important to give this some thought. Because losing your sight is a real risk.
And if you’re a woman — or you have a woman in your life who is special to you — I especially want you to read this message because women have a higher risk of going blind.
As you age, there are three major threats to your eyes. One is age-related macular degeneration — 65% of AMD sufferers are women. One is glaucoma — 61% of patients are women. And the other is cataracts — also 61% skewed toward women.
Two-thirds of patients who have lost their vision are women.
Fortunately, you can kill three birds with one stone… lowering your risk of all three diseases using the same strategies.
First, starting when you’re 40, begin seeing an eye doctor on a regular basis. A yearly eye exam can catch problems early when they are easiest to treat.
Second, wear sunglasses when you go outside. Your eyes are extra vulnerable to damage from the sun’s rays, so keep a pair of shades within easy reach.
Third, if you smoke, stop. Smoking isn’t good for any part of your body. So, no surprise it isn’t good for your eyes either.
And finally, make sure you get enough of the key nutrients that help keep your eyes healthy.
• Lutein and zeaxanthin: Found in leafy greens like spinach and kale.
• Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in cold-water fish like salmon and in flaxseed and walnuts.
• Vitamin C: Found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
• Vitamin D: Found in fish and eggs.
Dietary sources are the best, but supplementing is also important if you don’t think you’re getting enough.
Now men, I want you to listen close. If you’re like most men, your wife pushes you to take care of your health. She makes sure you get to your doctor appointments, that you’re eating right, and taking your vitamins.
It’s her turn now. You don’t want her to lose the precious gift of sight. So step up and make sure she remembers her sunglasses… that she gets in to see her eye doctor… and that she’s eating good food.
Being able to see… now that’s something worth protecting.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance