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National Cataract Awareness Month
From Dr. Jessica Haney, Optometrist with On-Site Health Service

June is National Cataract Awareness Month. The eye doctors with On-Site Health Service is proud to provide all residents of Moravian Manor Communities complete medical eye care for early detection and treatment of cataracts.  

Cataracts are age-related changes that occur to the lens inside the eye. They cause blurry or hazy vision, haloes, faded colors and light-sensitivity.  

As summer is upon us, here are some things you can do to help protect your eyes:

SUN PROTECTION: UV light is a major contributor to the formation of cataracts. We can prescribe sunglasses that block UV-A and UV-B light and fit closely to the face. Sunglasses and a hat with a brim provide additional protection and reduces the glare that developing cataracts cause.

DIET: Foods rich in Vitamin C and E are good for the eyes. Green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and peppers are good choices.  

STOP SMOKING: Smoking kills off the good chemicals and produces toxins that can lead to the formation of cataracts.  

BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL: If you are diabetic, controlling your blood sugar is essential. In terms of cataract formation, diabetics are at greater risk for their development.   

On-Site Health Service provides mobile healthcare programs — comprehensive optometry, ophthalmology, dentistry, oral surgery, audiology and podiatry — to residents in independent living communities, assisted living, skilled nursing, senior day care, private residences and other settings. With 35 years of service, they have been a trusted partner of Moravian Manor Communities for five years, providing on-site care to residents on campus here in Lititz. To learn more about their services, visit www.onsitehealthservice.com.

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