Last year, Prevent Blindness Texas served more than 40,000 uninsured children, seniors, and adults throughout Texas! Keep reading to learn more about this amazing event and how you can do your part to prevent blindness alongside the Houston Diagnostic Eye Center team!
What is Prevent Blindness Texas?
Prevent Blindness Texas is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Their mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight.
This amazing organization was established in 1956 and incorporated in 1965. They focus on improving vision and eye health in Texas in a few different ways, including:
- Early detection
- Providing patient support
- Public policy
- Creating public awareness about blindness and how it can be prevented
- Enhancing systems
- Health education
Often, blindness is something you can prevent, but eye conditions must be diagnosed early to save remaining eyesight. Prevent Blindness Texas impacts thousands of Texans each year.
With a network of offices and volunteers in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, it’s no wonder that Prevent Blindness Texas helps so many people access vision services every year!
Preventing blindness through community partnerships
There’s a lot more to preventing blindness than having regular eye exams, although they are extremely important. This is a large reason why we choose to sponsor events like the 9th Annual Eye Stroll For Vision.
Supporting organizations like Prevent Blindness Texas is a key part of preventing blindness. Prevent Blindness Texas has extensive resources for community partners.
This includes eye care referral services for adults and children. With strategic partnerships with Vision Service Plan and Luxottica Group Foundation, Prevent Blindness Texas provides free eye exams or glasses to those who can’t afford them.
This is for both adults and children. Imagine going through life being unable to see because you couldn’t afford glasses. Thanks to these generous partnerships, regardless of income level, vision doesn’t have to be a luxury.
Vision screenings at health fairs to educate the public
Another way that Prevent Blindness Texas is a resource to the community is by providing vision screenings. Educating the public about eye health and safety is an important part of how Prevent Blindness Texas moves its mission forward.
An educated public is more likely to come in for eye exams, and recognize the importance of their vision. People of all ages attend health fairs, including young children.
Teaching children from a young age that the health of their eyes is important may get overlooked in other situations. Children who can’t see may not perform as well in school.
Prevent Blindness Texas is about a comprehensive approach for eye health and vision care for young children. Starting early can mean more success later on!
These are some of the many ways that Prevent Blindness Texas prevents blindness and preserves sight in our state.
How you can prevent blindness
You may not realize it, but there is a lot that you can do to prevent blindness. The main thing is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This is true at any age, but starting sooner rather than later never hurts. For your best vision at any age, follow these tips!
If you’re a smoker, quit.
One of the worst things you can do to your eyes is smoke. Smoking makes you more likely to develop:
- Dry eye
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy if you’re already a diabetic
If you’re already a smoker, the best thing you can do is quit smoking. No matter how long you’ve been a smoker, quitting will reduce your chances of developing the above conditions that can cause blindness.
Even if you’re not a smoker, do your best to avoid secondhand smoke, as it can still cause dry eye or other conditions.
What does exercising have to do with your eyes being healthy? A lot, actually!
By staying active, you are less likely to develop conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. At all ages, you should be exercising at least 3 times a week for thirty minutes.
Do enough to get your heart pumping and your heart rate up. Your body will thank you!
Like staying active, it’s also crucial to eat well. Eating well means a diet that’s full of leafy green vegetables, as well as plenty of fruits.
In particular, you should be eating green vegetables like kale and spinach. Eating these could reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Eating other healthy foods could lower your risk of developing conditions like diabetes. This is important for your eyes, as diabetes is a risk factor for developing glaucoma.
Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays
In the summer, it can seem like second nature to wear sunglasses. But what about the rest of the year?
Any time you are out in the sun, you should protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Everyone, including children, is at risk for damage from the sun’s UV rays.
Too much exposure to UV rays could lead to vision loss or eventual blindness. When choosing a pair of sunglasses, make sure you’re choosing a pair that reduces glare.
They should also filter out 99-100% of UV rays while protecting your eyes. Above all, they need to be comfortable!
If they aren’t comfortable, you won’t wear them and your eyes will suffer the consequences. Make sure any pair you buy has a label stating that they block UV-A and UV-B rays.
If they don’t have a label, you don’t know for sure if they will block out the sun’s UV radiation.
How to sign up for this year’s Eye Stroll For Vision
There’s still plenty of time to sign up for this year’s Eye Stroll for Vision! You can click here to register. All registrations include an event T-shirt and all-day admission to the zoo. Shirt size is not guaranteed.
This year’s event takes place at the Houston Zoo and registration starts at 7:00 AM. The stroll goes from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM. During the stroll, enjoy walking among the animals! You can also pick up a goodie bag while listening to some of the entertainment.
The best part: you’ll have a chance to win some awesome prizes while raising money for Prevent Blindness Texas at the same time!
We can’t wait to see you at this year’s Eye Stroll for Vision in Houston at the Houston Zoo! Join the team at the Diagnostic Eye Center to support our community and help aid the fight against vision loss.
Looking for the best eye care in Houston? Schedule an appointment at Diagnostic Eye Center in Houston, TX today!