Good vision contributes to life enjoyment. As the years pass, we may be more likely to experience cataracts. Here is information obtained from the National Eye Institute on possible cataract symptoms.
The most common symptoms of a cataract are
- cloudy or blurry vision and poor night vision
- glare -- headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright or a halo may appear around lights
- double vision or multiple images in one eye
- frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Tests for Cataract
Cataract is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, dilated eye exam, and tonometry, described belowl.
Tests for Cataract
- The visual acuity test is an eye chart test that measures how well you see at various distances.
- In the dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems.
- In tonometry, an instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test.
Dealing with Symptoms
The symptoms of early cataract may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these measures do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.
I agree with the link below from the National Institutes of Health about pedometers. Actually, I use a device on my arm called Body Media that measures steps taken, intensity and length of movement, calories burned, how much I sleep at night and a host of other information. You can find it at http://www.bodymedia.com.
I used to offer Body Media through my website - but something happened to the link on my site and I have been too happy dancing to invest the necessary technology time to fix it! Anyway - Body Media has been a worthwhile investment because it keeps me honest with myself about how much exercise I actually am getting.
The following link contains easy-to-apply vibrant longevity tips. I look for causation or thought process behind any published suggestions. For example, the dairy recommendation points to increased Vitamin A and D for lung capacity maintenance. If you are opposed to dairy for allergic or vegan reasons, consider other ways to implmement the underlying benefit.
I received a great link from son, Joe, that you'll find worth your time watching. In addition to the intriguing comments on walking in the video - a few fun Zumba Gold classes a week - will really enhance benefits.
Here is motivating reading from Psychology Today on the fun and health benefits of dance group fitness. Of course I like the recommendations the article gives for Zumba Gold fitness classes. Congratulations to Grandma Shellie, a Zumba Gold intrstructor from Arizona, who is acknowledged in the Psychology Today article. Here's a link to the article http://my.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201202/five-steps-great-workout
I love being an ACE Certified Lifestyle & Wellness Coach. Here's an article from the American Council on Exercise on how to "Bust the Top 6 Excuses for Skipping Exercise During the Holidays."
Please see the blog post below from Alberto Perlman, Zumba Fitness(R), LLC CEO, to the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) about Zumba being named in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Top Ten Fitness Trends.
Alberto is right about the personal caring and contribution beyond fitness that Zumba instructors share with their students. Every other Z-Instructor I have met brings this extra element to her class.
I also am tickled to note that yours truly actively involves myself in trends #1,2,3,4,10, and 11-Yoga, Coming in 2012 you'll hear more from me about items #18 and #19, Worker Incentive Programs and Wellness Coaching. You can read ACSM's complete report on the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2012, including the Top 20 List for 2011, at the link posted below Alberto Perlman's blog.
The essence of being Thankful and Joyful is that it's not about "should" exercise or eat nutrient-rich, health promoting foods .It is that we "get" to, we currently, whatever our state, have the opportunity to choose wellness-promoting actions.
How absolutely cool that healthy living is about free choice - not about twisting our arm to stay away from artery-clogging, diabetes forming foods and inactivity.
As we enter the 2nd half of October and start having over-busy days and fall/winter robust foods showing up in our lives - now is a good time to begin preventive-action conversations that will aid us through more pound danger zones. Feel free to share what helps you maintain your fitness and health when this time of the year rolls around.
The theme for today. Move More. Try to find 30 minutes to walk, dance, run, climb stairs. If your legs don't work, how about a lot of arm circulation and shrugging/shimmying your shoulders. The 30 minutes can be separated into ten minute intervals. Remember "the secret to success lies hidden in your daily routine."
Salud. WildFire! aka Eunis Christensen