FIVE…. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH – 14 MILLION AMERICANS ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED — AND MANY IMPAIRMENTS CAN BE CORRECT BY GLASSES, CONTACTS, AND PREVENTATIVE CARE. MAY IS HEALTHY VISION MONTH. KSNT NEWS MORNING ANCHOR BRITTANY MOORE TALKED WITH…. A LOCAL EYE DOCTOR TO GET TIPS ON HEALTHY EYE CARE. ## BRITTANY : EYE IMPAIRMENTS AFFECT MILLIONS AND CAN HAPPEN FOR MANY REASONS. BUT FOR JORY REEDY – SHE DEVELOPED CATARACTS AFTER BATTLING BREAST CANCER. Jory: a little over 10 years ago I was going through chemo and I didn’t realize I would be having vision problems. Dr. Marefat: What chemo does – and all chemo at some level – It increases metoboloic stress on the human body. And breast cancer chemo specifically does it increase the dryness on the surface of the eye. BRITTANY: DOCTOR MAREFAT SAYS CATARACTS ARE THE MOST COMMON PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF BLINDNESS IN THE WORLD — AND CANCER IS ONLY ONE WAY THEY CAN DEVELOP. Dr. Marefat: As we go through our life the lense get wider and thicker and more dense. Becasue the lense have gotten so thick the eye is no loosing the elasticity that allows it to change the focal point. BRITTANY: BUT – CATARACTS ARE JUST ONE OF MANY EYE IMPAIRMENTS PEOPLE CAN EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LIFETIME. TWO LESS EXTREME CONDITIONS ARE DRY EYES AND ITCHY ALLERGY EYES. Dr. Marefat: This time of year things we feel are a real part of everyone’s life. This is one of the most allegy laden years I’ve ever experienced. Dry eyes are a really big problem of that. BRITTANY BUT – PREVENTABLE TREATMENT SHOULD ALWAYS BE YOUR FIRST STOP. THE TOP FOUR THINGS DR. MAREFAT RECOMMENDS FOR HEALTHY EYE CARE IS: 1. DON’T USE RED REDUCING EYE DROPS – THEY DON’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM – IN FACT THEY TEND TO MAGNIFY IT. 2. WASH AWAY DAILY RESIDUE AND BACTERIA ON THE EYE LIDS – WITH A GENTLE FACE WASH. 3. AND FINALLY – IF YOU GET SOMETHING IN YOUR EYE – DON’T DIG IT OUT! TRY FLUSHING IT OUT INSTEAD! BRITTANY: ANNUAL EYE EXAMS ARE RECOMMEDED FOR ANYONE EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS – AND ARE URGED AS YOU GET OLDER. Dr. Marefat: Much like an annual physical that goes along with preventative health care – an annual eye exam is a very important part of preventative health care Dr. Marefat: Most insurance companies cover those and if something is going on most insurances will cover those as well. BUT IF DAILY EYE CARE ISN’T ENOUGH – YOU CAN ALWAYS TURN TO TODAY’S EVOLVING MEDICAL TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY. AFTER A SIMPLE SURGICAL PROCEDURE – JORY’S CATARACTS WERE REMOVED AND SHE ALSO HAD LENSE PUT INTO HER EYES. Dr. Marefat: It’s a ten minute surgery – it’s a couple of eye drops. Jory: Now here I am sitting here before you – in remission from my cancer and no cataracts. So it’s amazing. BRITTANY – ALONGSIDE CANCER – DOCTOR MAREFAT SAYS PEOPLE WITH DIABETES SHOULD ALSO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS OF EYE IMPAIRMENTS. WITH YOUR KSNT HEALTH CHECK – BRITTANY MOORE – KSNT NEWS.