I Can See Clearly Now

by | Oct 12, 2020

With another musical icon's passage this past week, it seems just so to dwell on our EYES 
and their/our good ocular fortunes.  Here's to you, Johnny Nash, for your '72 upbeat lyrics. I was a college sophomore 
who had some clear sight to address through my military "birth control" glasses.  
I suppose my Mum still loved me. Yet those glasses were definitely NOT babe magnets!
NPR reported, forty years later, that Eyewear didn't have to be butt-ugly

Since 1990, glasses-wearing Navy recruits have been required to wear their standard-issue S9 eyeglasses through training.  Credit: NPR

to help our near-sighted servicemen and women on ship bridges, or rifle ranges.
Back to Johnny Nash's seeing clearly...
We are living far longer than paleo forbears, who to my knowledge, didn't wear RAYBANS 
on the plains.

- Many Boomers will get "easy peasy" elective day surgery to replace their free-radicalized
corneas after cataracts form.  
We lucky CALI residents certainly get our share of Ultraviolet (especially deeper UVA)rays 
which can prematurely damage our eyes!

So...what's a KABOOMER to do in order to see all obstacles in her or his way as we age?
Think Hats, quality Sunglasses, Micronutrients and lifestyle choice 
(as in Skip the Marlboro, MAN!).

Choice? Right!  
How many of these Mayo Clinic-listed Risk factors are related to personal choice?

Cataract Risk factors

  1. Increasing age (we Medicare-aged folks accept this factor graciously)
  2. Diabetes
  3. Excessive exposure to sunlight
  4. Smoking
  5. Obesity
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Previous eye injury or inflammation
  8. Previous eye surgery
  9. Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  10. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
I count Cataract Factors 2,3,4,5,6, and 10 as preventable, and/or modifiable behaviors to improve eye health.
Would you rather see images like the left side of this figure, or the right? DUH...
Some folks estimate that 30 Million! Americans - about 1 in 10 of us - DO NOT see clearly now!

Credit: CABVI "make sure you stay healthy, keep your eyes away from the sun, 
and make visits to an eye doctor once a year. Early detection means early treatment!

We know that limited time in our Great Outdoors is good to boost immunity (Vitamin D3) - yet recall Mae West...
Here's a great Check this real reminder from an Aurora Health writer of being smart and supporting Hat Shoppes too..  
Half of all Medicare-aged folks probably are starting their cloudy paths to 
cataracts as I blog!

That's a quickie reminder for broad hats, quality sunglasses (with sides protected too) and not playing dumb or dumber as a Darwin statistic.
To my last point about seeing clearly, and avoiding those darned free radicals caused by UVA rays and possibly environmeental factors too...
If you're running out of time - just eat plenty of colorful Vitamin P(lant).

Our Ears, in my opinion, are so valuable for quality of life 
(and supporting neuro-muscular balance via propioception) that I personally take "AGE RELATED EYE DISEASE" - 
or AREDS eye vitamins to better my Odds to counter macular degenerations and cataracts.

Please think about that!  These quality vitamins are NOT cheap, yet NEITHER is your VISION.

And in closing - get your EYE checkups each year, por favor!  Your EYE SIGHT is a true enabler for your PHYSICAL BANK ACCOUNT.  
Koach Dave


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