I will have the honor of attending the Hispanicize Event in Miami under the sponsorship of Transitions Lenses. During this campaign, I hope to promote the importance of routine eye exams among Latinos.
The National Eye Institute reports that Latinos have higher rates of developing visual impairment, blindness, diabetic eye disease, and cataracts than non-Hispanic whites. In fact, studies show that Latinos develop certain vision conditions at different rates than other ethnic groups. As the population of Latinos continues to grow and age, many eye diseases are becoming more prevalent among Latinos.
The importance of routine eye examinations, especially among individuals with diabetes is crucial. Early detection and prevention can help avoid serious eye diseases and problems. Of course, with busy and hectic lives, it is so easy to neglect vision care. I will personally admit that my last comprehensive eye exam was four years ago. And, despite the noticeable deterioration in my vision (i.e., poor night vision and difficulties reading) over the past two years, I still didn’t make the time to get my eyes examined.
Recommended Eye Examination Frequency
The American Optometric Association recommends that adults between the ages of 18 to 60, with no symptoms and risk free, have their eyes examined every 2 years (every one or two years for those at risk). Adults 61 and older, should get annual eye examinations. Patients at risk include those with with diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of ocular disease (e.g., glaucoma, macular degeneration); taking prescription or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects; wearing contact lenses; who have had eye surgery; or with other health concerns or conditions. May is recognized as Healthy Vision Month, nationally. Make it a point to get your eyes checked every May.
My Visit to the Eye Doctor
I knew I would be needing eye glasses. But I had NO idea I would need eyewear for both reading and distance! So, as soon as I was done with my eye exam, I walked over to the gallery of frames to choose two pairs. Oh, the choices! The styles! This was the fun part that took the longest for me, since I wanted a professional look without looking too serious or formal.
With two gorgeous frames selected, it was time to learn about Transitions lenses! The cool part about Transitions lenses is that they offer an adaptive lens technology — the lenses quickly adapt between indoor and outdoor conditions by changing from clear (indoors) to dark (outdoors). They also block 100% of the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. Imagine, having eyeglasses for distance and being able to use them as sunglasses too!
NEW LATINA with a New Look
I made this video to show you how I look with my new pair of eyeglasses. I also show you they change colors from indoors to outdoors. Check it out, and go get your eyes checked!