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“It is all too easy to take healthy vision for granted. Every woman should make eye health a priority for
herself and her family.”
- Sarah, 35, stay-at-home mom
My grandmother, who lived to be 95, loved to read cheesy romance novels. When she was in her 80s, she began slowly losing her vision due to macular degeneration. She frequently told me that she did not know what she would do when her vision deteriorated to the point that she could no longer read. Sadly, she reached that point when she was in her early 90s. She also lost the ability to fully participate in many precious moments. She went wedding dress shopping with me, but I could tell she was frustrated that she could not properly see the dresses. And while I'll be forever grateful she was with me on my wedding day, I know a part of her was sad that she could not see me walk down the aisle.
My grandmother's experience is just one of the many reasons I take my eye health so seriously. My other grandmother has glaucoma, and I have worn glasses and contacts since junior high. In addition to yearly eye exams, I try to eat a healthy diet, I refrain from smoking (for so many reasons!), I wear sunglasses with UV protection, and I try to protect my eyes from strain by limiting my screen time. Like my grandmother, I love to read. And I love my family. I want to protect my vision so I can enjoy the activities I love and enjoy the special moments that lie ahead.