Several months ago, I found myself increasingly irritated by smudges on my computer screen that, maddeningly, could not be wiped off no matter how hard I tried. I buffed down my eyeglasses over and over, to the point of obsession, hoping that would do the trick. Nothing.
Then I noticed the same blurriness when reading physical books. I removed my glasses and covered my right eye: The smudges disappeared. But when I covered my left eye, bits of letters and words were missing when using my right eye to read.
That’s when I panicked.
After a handful of nerve-wracking eye appointments, I was told that I had a condition called vitreomacular traction (VMT) which, in some cases, can cause a hole in the macula and permanently result in a distortion or loss of central vision. But more concerning was that my ocular pressure was also higher than normal. The doctor said that I was at risk for developing glaucoma.
When I asked him what steps I could personally take to avoid going blind, he cut me off and brusquely said, “There’s nothing you can do.” He did list the various pharma and surgical options that might help, however.
That answer was not good enough for me.
So I did some digging around and learned three things:
- Because of our aging population, millions of people are slated to go blind in the next 5 to 10 years from glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Most scary is that many who develop these conditions won’t even know it’s happening until it’s too late.
- There are nutrition interventions that can support and potentially slow the progression of these debilitating eye conditions.
- Time is not on my side. Waiting around for my next appointment to see if things have worsened is foolish.
That was when I had my light bulb moment. Although it felt more like a blast of July sunshine that we get here in Arizona. It was that intense.
I’m taking charge of the crazy things that are going on with my eyes. And I want to teach you how nutritional therapy can help you, too. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to hand off the responsibility of your health to another person you only see a couple of times a year.
My blurred vision makes every minute that my eyes are open frustrating. But I take more breaks from work than before. I gaze out the window more often during the day, marveling at the beauty of the desert and the people around me. I play the piano, watch the moon rise, and leaf through old photo albums, exploring faces and smiles as if seeing them for the very first time. It’s as if I see things through a lens of gratitude these days.
Isn’t it a shame how we take our eyesight for granted?
Fight blindness in your life by subscribing to my blog and taking action. My guest authors and I will be researching and sharing new ways to support your condition on a regular basis. Let me know if there are other topics that you’d like me to write about, too!
- MS., Family and Consumer Sciences, The Ohio State University
- Health and Nutrition Consultant
- Strategic Marketing Advisor to the Holistic Health Community
- Vice President, National Association of Nutrition Professionals
- Author, speaker, and teacher at leading medical and nutrition schools across America