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Friday, May 24, 2019

Vision Care

Today is a fine day of May with a clear sky, the air quality crisp clear. As I drove down from Igo to Redding, an 18 mile journey to Shasta Family YMCA around 8 a.m., I enjoyed the drive every mins and seconds, for with my new eye glasses (progressive) everything looked brand new - mountains, trees, sky lines, road signs, everything. 

About a month ago while working outside at the Peace Camp I misplaced my eye glasses, and since then I could not find them. I looked everywhere but nowhere were they found. Finally I gave up, ordered a new pair. In two weeks the glasses were ready. And I am now wearing them. And with the new eye glasses life looks brand new! They cost me close to $500! Without eye glasses I drove up and down between Rocklin and Redding, and all looked dim and blurry. But now different! The old is gone; the new is come!

And only after getting the new pair, that is, yesterday morning, was I able to find the old eye glasses! It turned out that I had dropped them (perhaps they fell off of the chest pocket of my working jacket) in a grassy area on the pathway near the swimming pool! Due to the late spring rain the grass/weeds over grew, making the glasses that had fallen into hard to see. As I tried to pull out some weeds, something crashed under my sandals! And there were the eye glasses - with a broken leg (ear piece), left hand side glass popped out! Poor eye glasses! With Super Glue, I glued them back but it turned out that they are hardly wearable, for they got crooked and twisted so bad! Perhaps I need to keep them only as a souvenir!

Lesson: take a good care of your eye glasses! Carry them in a secure case, and do not treat them for granted! 

Watch out for seven bad habits!  <<<<< Click here for what Aimee wrote as well!

Aimee RodriguesAbout the Author: Aimee Rodrigues has many years of editorial experience in consumer publishing, with an emphasis on the health, pharmaceutical and beauty fields. Previously she was the executive editor for this website and wrote articles on eye conditions, sunglasses and other topics Are you a night owl, fast food lover or sun worshiper? Chances are you're prematurely aging your eyes — inside and out! Here's how...[To make it sure everyone keeps what she says I quote fully the article, for so far I neglected on all of the seven habits!] Thank you Aimee!
Rubbing Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin's surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow's feet and drooping eyelids.Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

Forgetting Your Sunglasses
Exposing your eyes to the sun's harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy.In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

Eating Poorly
Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you're probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health.Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye
It's called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

Not Drinking Enough Water
Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished.Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor
Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you're aware problems exist.Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family's eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition. If you don't already, start scheduling regular eye exams for you and your family.

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My experience on eye glasses last and this month strengthens me of the equally (perhaps more so) important need for the spiritual vision care, for the perception of the look on life both present and future depends on the spiritual vision, as is said, "[I]f your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the  light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness? Matthew 6:23

Physically I am past age 70, and often times (more frequently than ever) am hit with what Moses says, "The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." Their span is BUT trouble and sorrow!
Further, the Scripture says, "Where there is no vision there is no hope [or people perish]". Prov 29:18

Yet there is hope of participating in the life that is as glorious as that of our Lord Jesus, as is written:
"It is in this hope that we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?"  Romans 8:24

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11)

But the vision can go blurry if one faith grows weak, and the hope can go dead when one loses faith! Just as one can lose eye glasses he can lose spiritual eye glasses as well! 

Why does anyone lose faith?

Derek J. Brown carries an article on line entitled, "9 possible reasons for your spiritual drought" [9 possible reasons for spiritual drought] where he lists up: unchecked lust; pride; love of money; lack of bible reading, meditation, and prayer; too much time indoors; lack of exercise; neglect of responsibilities; morbid introspection; forgetting the gospel and living in legalism; a few other thoughts (sore of catch all category that may be many more). Add to the list, I would say, the old saying: "Use or lose" or simply put: lack of care.

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