SAVE YOUR VISION: Important Information About Protecting Your Eyesight

SAVE YOUR VISIONTo protect eyesight in general, we need to eat a healthy diet full of carotenoids, fresh fruits, and vegetables, as well as food high in Omega 3-fatty acids such as salmon and flaxseeds. Getting annual eye exams or more frequent exams if you have an ongoing issue is imperative to protect your vision and diagnose or treat eye conditions and diseases early on.

Several well-studied supplements can improve or slow the progression of certain eye disorders. These are vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, zinc, copper, DHA, and EPA.

Most of us know that the sun’s UV rays are damaging to the skin, but sometimes forget how important it is to protect our eyes.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently published the information below in an article entitled, Seven Myths About Sunglasses That Could Damage Your Vision.

Did you know that too much sun on unprotected eyes increases the risk of eye disease? The good news is that prevention is simple: Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. But there are a lot of common myths about sunglasses and eye health. That’s why the American Academy of Ophthalmology is working to debunk the myths and offer tips to promote smart eye health choices.

UV light gets through clouds and haze. Regardless of the season, sun exposure can increase the risk of developing cataracts, growths on the eye and cancer. Sun reflecting off ice and snow can also lead to photokeratitis, a painful eye condition sometimes referred to as snow blindness.

Sunglasses don’t have to cost a lot of money to provide adequate eye protection. Less expensive pairs marked as 100 percent UV-blocking can be just as effective as more expensive options. Labels can sometimes be confusing. Some indicate sunglasses offer 100 percent protection from UVA/UVB radiation, others offer 100 percent UV 400 protection. Both block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful radiation.

The more coverage sunglasses provide, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style glasses, which can help cut down on UV light entering the eye from the side. Wraparound glasses may also protect against dry eye due to the wind.

Polarized lenses do not block more radiation; however, they can cut down on glare reflecting off cars, water or pavement, which can make activities such as driving or boating more enjoyable.

Make sure the label on the lens says 100% UV-blocking.
Amber, green and grey lenses do not block more of the sun’s harmful rays. However, tinted lenses do offer increased contrast for those who play sports, making a softball or a golf ball easier to see.

Your Options
Freedom Village is committed to enriching the lives of each resident by providing personalized care, welcoming living spaces, remarkable amenities, and customized services within the phases of living arrangements that many senior communities fail to offer. We are a CCRC, (Continuing Care Retirement Community), that offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care and skilled nursing.

Independent Living at Freedom Village of Bradenton
At Freedom Village, our independent living is for seniors who are able to live on their own and desire the conveniences of life that provide top-of-the-line amenities and services, such as social activities, chef-inspired dining, transportation, and security within a community that feels like family. Independent Living is where many individuals and couples begin their journey, and if they ever need to transition into the higher level care, it is conveniently located within the same comfortable and family-oriented community.

Freedom Village’s senior living commitment and expertise are to help residents thrive in a vibrant environment through socialization, personalized care, comfortable and inviting living spaces, numerous amenities, and incomparable services for the aging population.

You’ll experience maintenance-free living as part of a lovely, secure community. Stay close to friends and enjoy a host of social, recreational, spiritual, and educational activities. Our staff will ensure the movers place everything in the correct area and leave everything else in your capable hands.

You’ll feel right at home as we strive to give you a warm welcome, including introducing all of our staff members, encouraging visits from other residents, inviting you to social events, and more. Your family and friends are always welcome and will quickly become a part of the community as well.

As a CCRC, Freedom Village of Bradenton offers multiple phases of living for your specific needs, which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.

At Freedom Village of Bradenton, they are committed to doing everything they can to make their senior living community the best it can be. That is why they are excited to announce that Freedom Village’s management team will now be working with Life Care Services®, an LCS® Company*, the nationwide leader in senior living that provides management support to over 140 communities across the country. It is the same strong Freedom Village team with even better resources for a vibrant, active community! Freedom Village of Bradenton has been part of the Bradenton, Florida, community for over 30 years.

Your Life, Your Way, Every Day—Contact Freedom Village of Bradenton Today to Find Out More at 941-798-8122 or visit

Freedom Village Bradenton

6406 21st Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209

*Life Care Services received the highest score in the J.D. Power 2019 Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit

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