Sports Eye Safety

Little Hoopsters

With summer approaching, many people will be outside more often and involved in athletic activities which require extra eye protection, and the topic of Sports Eye Safety. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the number of sports-related eye injuries in emergency rooms across the U.S. has significantly increased, with over 30,000 incidents per year!

While all sports involve an increased risk of eye injury, basketball, baseball, and air/paintball guns have the highest risk. Injuries can range from less threatening problems like minor corneal abrasions or bruises on the eye to vision-threatening internal injuries such as bleeding or retinal detachment. Sports-related eye injuries are avoidable with the proper protective eye wear.

Check with your coach or your child’s coach for details on the appropriate eyewear needed. For example, athletes playing basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey should wear protective eyewear with poly-carbonate lenses.

Athletes who wear contacts or glasses should also wear appropriate protective eyewear. Contacts offer no protection and glasses do not provide enough defense. Also replace eye wear when it becomes weakened or yellowed as all products do with age. Finally, as always, whenever you plan to be outside in the sunlight, be sure to wear good sunglasses or glare control shades to protect your eyes from exposure to the sun.

Join our Book Club!

VRS is exciting to announce we are starting a New Monthly Book Club!

Book Club

Do you ever find it hard to get motivated to read, or maybe you love to read but would like to interact with your friends, well here is your opportunity! VRS is starting a book club. The idea to start a book club came from one of our clients, but is open to all clients and friends of the agency. Plus we will have audio books available as well for the visually impaired or blind readers. The first monthly book club will take place on April 3 from 2-3 p. m. We will have coffee too for our coffee drinkers in the club. If you are interested please RSVP to wayneheidi288@gmail.com or (770) 906-6797. Also if you have a favorite author or type of book include that in your email. We will see you in April! Happy Reading!

Resolutions for Health and Wellness

The New Year is a great time to recommit yourself to controlling your diabetes. With the modern conveniences of scheduling and glucose monitoring apps, there’s no excuse to not stay on top of your diabetes. Go ahead and pull out your calendar and set reminders to do the following in 2017:

  1.  Schedule appointments to see your doctor at least twice a year. Make sure you schedule the next appointment while you’re in the office after the first one. Remember, you should have regular visits even if you feel well.
  2. Schedule an appointment to see a foot specialist at least once in 2017.
  3. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you’re taking in addition to your diabetes medication, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies.
  4. Review the instructions for every medication you are taking. Set up automatic refills with your pharmacy to ensure you don’t forget to get them filled in a timely manner.
  5. Follow your schedule for checking your blood sugar. Put alarms on your phone to remind yourself when to check your sugar. Use an app to record your readings.
  6. Know the numbers that define your health: A1C, cholesterol, triglycerides, microalbumin, and blood pressure.
  7. Keep moving. Regular, moderate exercise can turn your body into a sugar burning machine. Start slowly — even a leisurely walk around the block is a step in the right direction.
  8. Take a look at your diet. Are you getting enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains? Are you going easy on fat? See a dietitian if you have any doubts about your meals.
  9. Have a yearly Dilated Retinal Eye (DRE) exam. Make sure the eye specialist sends the results to your primary doctor.
  10. Schedule a dental exam twice a year.
  11. Get a flu shot in the fall.
  12. Get a renal function test and microalbumin test once during the year.
  13. Be prepared. Review the warning signs of low blood sugar and other complications. Keep necessary items such as glucose tablets on you at all times.
  14. Finally, Plan time for Fun. Doing the things you enjoy and trying something new is beneficial to your emotional health and well-being and can help build meaningful community connections that we sometimes lose when we are working hard to manage a chronic condition such as Diabetes.

For more information on trying new things – tune into our Blog in January 2017

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