• Coach Karole

I See, You See! How well do you see?

Updated: Aug 18, 2019

Your vision is a big part of your general health. Most of us take our vision for granted, an eye exam here and there, maybe corrective lenses will do the trick. How would you feel though if you began to lose your vision as you aged? How would you feel if as you aged you were diagnosed with a retinal disease that could cause you to lose your vision or even go blind? Macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and a host of others fall into the category of retinal disorders. Aging is a known cause of cataracts, but even cataracts can be caused form a retinal disorder.

Would it surprise you to hear that what you put in your body plays a huge role in your eye health? We have all heard that carrots are good for you eyes and that is true since they contain carotenoids that when eaten turn into vitamin A. A healthy whole foods diet will give your body the nutrients it needs to provide the proper vitamins and mineral for good eye health. Your lifestyle is a key to prevention of retinal disorders. Regular use of tobacco and alcohol and/or corticosteroids can cause retinal disease.

I have a personal experience with this. My sweet mother-in-law was diagnosed with macular degeneration when she was older. She was the mother of 9, lived on a ranch, grew the most beautiful flower garden every year that I have ever seen. As this disorder progressed it was sad to see her life change from very active to unable to do her beloved quilting, plant her garden or even see the beautiful faces of the many grandchildren in her life. I remember when they came to her home to make things a little easier for her and cut markings on the dials for her stove burners so she could feel them to be able to tell when she turned the burners on and off. She gave up reading and listened to audiobooks. Eventually she could no longer run her household so she and my father-in-law moved into an assisted living facility. We visited them there each time we traveled to see them in Canada.

Some years later as I was tapering off a prescribed benzodiazepine sleeping pill one of the side effects for me was high blood pressure. When I went in for my yearly eye checkup I was shocked when my doctor informed me I had macular degeneration with a bleed going on in my right eye. Can you imagine the concern and