Happy Grandparents Day to the millions of dearly loved grandmothers and grandfathers across our country! Grandparents Day will be celebrated on September 8 of this year. Here are a few facts that you may not know about the origination of Grandparents Day. The holiday began with a woman named Marian McQuade, a homemaker in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her purpose for creating Grandparents Day was twofold. She felt compelled to bring joy and encouragement to the elderly in nursing homes, and she also wanted to persuade grandchildren to see what a wealth of wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide. The first Grandparents Day was celebrated in September 1978 under Jimmy Carter’s presidency and has been observed on the first Sunday of September ever since (Source: GrandparentsDay.com).
If you are a grandparent, you know that few sights are as precious as the faces of your grandchildren. Our eyesight is a privilege that most of us take for granted until we lose the sharpness and clarity in our vision. Cataracts is one of the most common eye conditions that develop as we age. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that can eventually cause blindness if they are never treated. Most adults over the age of 60 experience some clouding of the lens of the eye, so it is important to have regular cataract screenings and routine dilated eye exams.
There are some preventative steps that you can take to slow the formation of cataracts. Wearing sunglasses and a hat when you are outdoors can dramatically reduce the amount of UV ray exposure your eyes receive. Taking antioxidant supplements like vitamin A, C and E is also beneficial. Smoking has many harmful risks such as cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing your risk for cataracts. If you smoke, get help quitting for the sake of your entire body wellness.
As you are celebrated this Grandparents Day, give thanks for your eyesight by scheduling a cataract screening. There are several symptoms of cataracts, but it is possible to have cataracts and not to recognize the symptoms in the early stages. To learn more about what a screening entails, visit our Exam Overview page. Taking care of your eyes has so many benefits, but the best gift of all may be the joy of seeing the adoring faces of your grandchildren who love you so much. Happy Grandparents Day!