Eyes as a window
to your health
This article sponsored by Transitions Optical
Inc. Transitions Optical Inc.—maker of the
lenses worldwide, Transitions® lenses—is
committed to raising awareness about the
dangers of UV radiation to the eyes and the
importance of healthy sight throughout life.
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The Transitions® Healthy Sight for Life Fund
encourages people to adopt healthy eye
habits—such as getting regular eye exams
and wearing UV protection—to help optimize and preserve healthy sight for life. For
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PEOPLE KNOW THE importance of good eyesight, yet many don’t take the
necessary steps to protect it. It’s not merely getting eyes checked in the occasional visit to an eye doctor, but taking steps to protect them between visits.
Regular, comprehensive eye exams can help correct vision and provide
early detection of serious eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular
degeneration. They may even uncover serious health problems such as diabetes,
high blood pressure and brain tumors.
While most people value their vision, many do not know that poor or
wrongly corrected vision can negatively affect overall health by causing
headaches, fatigue from eyestrain and visual discomfort. Diet and various
medications can also have side effects on the eyes, and common conditions,
such as diabetes, can greatly affect vision.
As bad as poor vision is for adults, it can be potentially more devastating
for children. Vision problems in children can cause low self-esteem, poor literacy, debilitating headaches or squinting. Sometimes, they’re wrongly viewed
as “slow learners.” For these reasons, quality eye care should begin early in life
and continue throughout, as age affects even the healthiest of eyes.
Many factors affect eye health, but one very important one is the sun.
Research sponsored by Transitions Optical reveals that
only 9 percent of consumers know the sun can dam- age their eyes—while 82 percent realize it can dam- About 80% age their skin. This is alarming, considering UV of a person’s radiation has been linked to serious eye diseases lifetıme sun such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Certain eyewear options, such as photochromic exposure lenses, can help block UV rays and protect vision for
occurs before a lifetime. Photochromic lenses are clear indoors but
the age of 18 darken outdoors in proportion to UV light—shielding the eyes from harmful UV rays. The best photochromic
technologies also offer availability in impact-resistant
lens materials and anti-reflective coatings. A