Parish Nurse Health Tips for September 25, 2016

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The Eyes Have It!

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,”  Matthew 6:22 ESV

The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.  Proverbs 20:12 ESV

With over 200 sets of eyes in our school classrooms and over 100 sets on Sunday worship, we have a great responsibility to preserve what God has given us!  I am getting ready for vision screening at our school, and thought I would share some thoughts on EYE CARE.

👀 Be aware of family history of eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma that can be hereditary.

👀 Maintain a healthy diet and weight. Obesity can lead to conditions such as diabetes and other systemic illnesses.

👀 Take care of your eyes by using safety glasses and sunglasses to preserve vision and prevent damage.

👀 Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

👀 Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

A routine eye exam is also a very important part of caring for your eye health.  Young children can develop very serious problems at a very young age that can cause blindness.  Be aware of their vision habits:  reading too close, rubbing their eyes excessively, excessive blinking, and more.  We screen at school to help detect problems before they are serious.  I look forward to performing this simple task that is so important in caring for our body.

HELP!  To facilitate minimal class time interruption, I am asking for 2-3 helpers for 2-3 hours each day during the first week of October.  Times can be flexible but I need to know I have help!  Please let me know by Tuesday Sept. 27 if you are available.  Your role will be helping bring students to the exam area, helping record height and weight, and returning them to their class.  See me, email me or give me a call, or let our office know you are willing to help.

May you take time for your own eye care and prayerfully consider reaching out to help screen our precious young adults at our school.

God bless your beginning fall season!

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace

peaceparishnurse@comcast.net