“This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review.”
I have always made my overall health a priority by eating the right foods (for the most part), exercising, and going to my primary care provider on a regular basis. I think that most people that are focused on healthy living do those things, but there is one area of the body that is frequently neglected but is one of our most vital: our eyes. When was the last time you went to an eye doctor? Hopefully your answer is within the last year, however, 24% of people are more likely to exercise 3 times a week than get their annual eye exam. Yikes!
I was unfortunately “blessed” with terrible vision and have gone to the eye doctor regularly since childhood. Both my mom and dad (and sister for that matter) also have terrible vision so really there was no hope for me. I remember getting headaches regularly and having to squint to see the chalkboard before getting my first pair of glasses. Once I got them though my entire world changed and I could see again. I have worn glasses since and switched to contact lenses in 6th grade. Beyond just the power of sight the eye doctor can often make important health discoveries and I have my own share of stories to back this up and I am going to share them with you in hopes that they encourage you to take your ocular health seriously.
When I was pregnant with Bryn I had a pretty big ocular scare. I woke up one morning and a central point in my vision was completely black. I immediately went in to my eye doctor because I knew being as nearsighted as I am I am at increased risk for a retinal detachment. Fortunately my retina was attached BUT I had a retinal bleed. Had I not taken my eye health seriously this could have been a major problem but instead I was able to get right in to a retinal specialist and have my situation monitored. Fortunately it ended up being just a slight tear and nothing crazy. Another time I went to my annual eye exam and my eye doctor incidentally found the beginnings of a corneal ulcer. She was able to catch it and initiate antibiotic treatment before it became exquisitely painful saving me a lot of grief.
So just like working your muscles via exercise or fueling your body properly via good nutrition, you should also make sure that you are tending to your eyes. I am proud to be teaming up with the Think About Your Eyes campaign to bring you this message. Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign that promotes the benefits of eye health, urging people to get annual comprehensive eye exams. By getting your annual and comprehensive eye exam many eye problems, like my corneal ulcer, can be caught and treated when they are most manageable. If you do not already have an eye doctor you go to, you can locate one through this locator. You can also follow the campaign via Facebook or Twitter.
Do you regularly get eye exams? Have you ever had them find something weird?