A mom’s work is never through. From making breakfast and packing lunches to soccer practice car pools and homework, it’s sometimes hard to find time for ourselves! However, if we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we take care of our families?
Each month, we share ways that you can protect kids’ eyes safe from the sun for healthy eyes and vision. But this month we’re turning the tables because April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. According to the Berkeley Eye Center Blog, more than 3.6 million Americans age 40 or older have a visual impairment or blindness, and women account for 2.3 million of those cases. Furthermore, Prevent Blindness America shares that these issues can be attributed to factors ranging from hormonal changes and age to smoking, and family history, among others.
Moms, now is the time to practice what you preach when it comes to the health of your eyes! To help you get started, here are a few good reminders inspired by the Eye Health Checklists by Women’s Eye Health.
- Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re outside.
- Use safety goggles when working with any household tools or chemicals. Also, use protective eye gear when you’re playing sports (it’s not just for kids!).
- Schedule routine eye exams for yourself. These regular exams can often spot a vision problem in its earliest stages.
- Learn your family history and look for eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma.
- Be as healthy as you can be. Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, and exercise regularly.
We hope all our moms will take Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month as a time to become more proactive about taking care of their own eyes! Healthier mommies mean healthier families!
Moms (and dads, too) – What steps do you take to care for your eyes and your families’ eyes? Share with us in a comment below!