The gift of vision is truly a gift. I do believe that the eyes are often taken for granted. We use them during every waking hour and often do not think twice about them. So, on this Wishing Well~ness Wednesday, we shall give our thanks to our beloved eyeballs!

With that being said, I also do feel the need to spread a little awareness surrounding eye health and that big ball of fiery brightness that we have come to know as the sun. Spring is here and summer is quickly approaching down here in the beautiful South. This is the typical time of year that we tend to spend more time in the outdoors having fun in the sun. Although it is important to protect your eyes all year round, it is especially pertinent now.

According to www.webmd.com, "The sun can harm the lens and cornea of the eyes." Not to mention, the sun is capable of damaging the tissue and skin surrounding the eyes. This is mainly responsible due to the ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are invisible, but are the most dangerous aspects of sunlight. Believe it or not, eyes can get sunburned, too.

Additionally, overexposure to these UV rays can contribute to vision loss, cataracts, macular degeneration, and eye lid cancers. Moreover, for those of you who air on the side of vanity, it can lead to your worst nightmare...wrinkles!

While you are in the process of singing your gratitude to the health of your eyes, do not forget to show some appreciation to those lids. The eye lids offer great protection, but they are not enough to combat the forces of nature. Investing in a pair of sunglasses that are able to block 99-100% of UV rays is a fantastic idea. Also, seek out some shades that offer polarized lenses in a "wrap around" style. And, while you're at it, buy a nice hat, preferably one with a 3 inch brim. Lastly, find some shade for the peak of the day, pay your eye doctor a visit at least every two years, and stay away from those tanning beds, if possible.

                                                                                                                            Wishing you all the best of health and happiness,

                                                                                                                                                                   Stacy xoxo   



05/02/2014 5:20pm

Love the picture!
I look forward to reading your blogs every week. Too bad you don't get paid for writing them. They're priceless! So are you!

Much LOVE....


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