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#TeamChaplain - Low Vision and Blindess Awareness Month

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Reported by the National Prevention of Blindness, the total economic disorder for eye disorder and vision loss is $139 Billion. (http://www.preventblindness.org

There is a Focus on Eye Health National Summit, June 18th in Washington DC.  The Focus on Eye Health National Summit was organized to elevate the national dialogue around vision and public health issues.

Common Eye Myths: Failure to use proper glasses will hurt your eyes; reading in dim light can damage your eyes; eating carrots will improve your vision; there is nothing you can do about preventing sight loss; an eye exam is only necessary if you're having problems; watching television too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes.

Leading cause of vision loss for Americans age 65 and older is AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration).  Preventive steps is a regular eye doctor visit, learn and watch of symptoms and signs, don't smoke-eat healthy-stay active.

Another cause for loss of vision or scarring of the corneal is development of fungus due to wearing contact lenses.  Preventive maintain routine eye doctor exam, dispose contacts when instructed, maintain proper lens hygiene, remove lens when showering, swimming or any water activities.

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