Temple Tips

Diminishing vision

"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." ~Psalms 119: 18

Diminishing vision can be subtle and progress slowly. Some changes are related to aging like focusing for close vision, cataracts, dry eyes, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Some vision changes are symptoms associated with other diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune disease, stroke or tumor. Often the changes that are noted in the eye exam can help diagnose other problems that need medical attention. If left uncorrected the vision problem can contribute to safety issues like falling, or not reading instructions/labels correctly, or driving accidents. Diminished vision can contribute to depression or confusion. Start when you are young keeping your eyes healthy! Get regular eye/vision checkups. We should exercise regularly as this improves blood circulation to the eyes, get plenty of sleep as this helps to lubricate and remove irritants, protect our eyes from ultraviolet light with sunglasses and get vision corrective lens or surgery when indicated in an effort to keep our vision sharp. We hope to "see" the path our Lord would have us take!

~Amy Gray, RN; Parish Nurse