International Volunteer Vacations for Seniors

International Volunteer Vacations for seniors are not a new concept. The idea of combining travel with volunteerism has been around for decades but only in the last ten years has the movement taken off on a large scale. There are many smart, vital and active seniors wanting to see the world and do something beneficial for others, especially for those in developing countries. Volunteering can be incredibly beneficial to those helping and those receiving the help. Volunteering can improve self-esteem, confidence, expose the person to new cultures and foster new relationships, to name a few.  Many seniors enjoy international volunteer vacations because they are able to participate in a cause that already interests them, practice a second language, put in place valuable skills and knowledge (i.e. engineering, farming, health care) and truly emerge in a particular culture for a lot … Read More

Can LOW VISION be helped with Amber Tinted Sunglasses?/ Can You Improve Low Vision?

Low vision is described as having partial vision, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision and even blindness. Low vision makes daily life difficult and can interfere with reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces and cannot be corrected through surgery, medication, glasses or contact lenses. Low vision can manifest in many forms: Macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic retinopathy can affect central vision. Glaucoma and strokes affect peripheral vision. Most eye problems can affect contrast sensitivity. Poor depth perception can cause us to misjudge the height of a step for instance. Visual processing – Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain. Approximately 1 in 28 Americans over age 40 suffer from low vision. Aging is the number one factor linked to increased risk of developing low … Read More

Low Vision Aids – Low Vision Products -Solar Shield -Amber Fits over Sunglasses help Improve Low Vision

Low vision is described as having partial vision, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision and even blindness. Low vision makes daily life difficult and can interfere with reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces and cannot be corrected through surgery, medication, glasses or contact lenses. Low vision can manifest in many forms: Central vision allows us to look directly at something and distinguish sharp detail.  Macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic retinopathy can affect central vision. Peripheral vision enables us to see everything surrounding the focal point. Glaucoma and strokes affect peripheral vision. Contrast sensitivity is the ability to distinguish between objects of similar tones such as facial features. Most eye problems can affect contrast sensitivity. Depth perception permits us to judge the position of objects in relation to one another. Poor depth perception … Read More

Bono’s Cool Look More than a Fashion Statement – due to Glaucoma

One can hardly think of Bono, lead singer of U2, without thinking of his iconic orange or violet sunglasses.  I can’t remember seeing an image of Bono without his cool sunglasses.  Ultra trendy wraparound sunglasses have become Bono’s signature accessory, although he’s worn sunglasses primarily for eye-health reasons. It turns out Bono has Glaucoma. “I have glaucoma,” he told British talk show host Graham Norton in November 2014. It appears he’s had it for two decades. Bono confessed that he noticed his eyes were always red, his vision was becoming blurry and he saw halos around lights. And these symptoms were not being caused by drug use, mind you. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a comprehensive eye exam for all adults starting at age 40, and every three to five years after that. There are many causes of glaucoma. … Read More

UV (Ultraviolet) Light and Eye-Health

Nearly 22 million Americans over 40 have cataracts. Over 2.3 million Americans over 40 are affected by glaucoma. More than 2 million Americans have macular degeneration. Long term exposure to UV rays – natural from the sun or artificial from tanning beds and other sources, causes damage to your eyes. The damage can range from snow blindness (Photokeratitis) to eye cancer. UV light exposure has a cumulative effect on the eyes. Damage to your eyes today, leads to eye-health problems tomorrow. UVA light can penetrate deeper into the eye and skin than UVA rays. UVA can affect your central vision and damage the macula (part of the retina in the back of the eye). Everyone is at risk of eye damage from UV light Look for sunglasses that are Polarized which means they block glare Wear sunglasses even on overcast … Read More