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Friday, February 08, 2013

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I hadn't been in many years and I knew I was overdue. No cataracts, no glaucoma, no macular degeneration - my eyes are looking good and healthy. My prescription hasn't changed now in more than 5 years, although I may just go ahead and get some new frames and some scratch-free lenses.

The doctor said something, though, that surprised me a great deal. First, he said that since I am thin -- he used the word thin -- and I'm thinking to myself you've got to be kidding, I'm not thin, I'm healthy. Then he said that because I am thin, female, over 60, I am at greater risk of dry eyes.

I knew that I was at greater risk of osteoporosis, but after my doctor told me she'd never seen anyone my age whose bones tested as dense, I didn't worry about that one. Now this dry eye thing. I searched on the Internet but could not confirm that thinner people are at greater risk. I was trying to see if I am lowering that risk by taking fish oil. If so, I'll be a little more regular about it.

I'm thinking that in the years to come much more will be known about how to live the healthiest life. In the meantime I'm enjoying low cholesterol and blood pressure, and much more energy than I had at a heavier weight. I have no doubt that I am much healthier than before, even if there should be a couple risks to living life at the weight I choose.

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/9/2013 12:25PM

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/9/2013 11:23AM

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GABY1948 2/9/2013 10:22AM

    GOOD going, Marsha! I agree with you, it's all about health! HUGS

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MEXGAL1 2/9/2013 9:46AM

    Isn't that funny....thin comes with other "things"! I live in a dry climate and I know I have dry I do take fish oil and coconut oil. I think it helps.
Have a terrific week end.

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2013 9:23AM

    You should totally treat yourself to a new pair of's always nice to change up the frames.
I've never heard about the dry eye thing.

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-AMANDA79- 2/9/2013 9:13AM

    I think that's a risk I'd be willing to take! Glad to hear that your eyes are healthy.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/9/2013 8:06AM

    I disagree with your doctor. I'm very over weight and I have dry eyes too. My doctor said it has to do with menopause. I think they all have their own opinions!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/9/2013 7:18AM

    The over 60 population would be thrilled if "dry eyes" were their only concern.
Keep an "eye" on it, but congratulations on the great numbers.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/9/2013 6:50AM

    That's a new one to me, too. I *do* have bone density issues, which I hope my running (impact exercise) is helping... next year's comparison test should tell... but hadn't heard anything about dry eyes!

Thanks for passing the word, perhaps among us all we can figure out whether it is a real deal or not. I agree with you, the benefits of living healthy outweigh the few increased risks of issues. emoticon

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_LINDA 2/9/2013 12:51AM

    Way to go on a fantastic report!! I have never heard of this one at all and I have to regularly see an opthalmologist because my RA can affect my eyes and it has to be monitored. I do have dry eyes anyway which is why I cannot wear contacts.
I sure wish I had your bone density -mine is at the bottom of the scale, the very worst :(
It seems to me you are living the healthiest life with such glowing medical reports!

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MIRAGE727 2/8/2013 11:52PM

    I would get a second opinion just to be safe. BUT, I wouldn't be too concerned just keep a good watch on it. And yes, Marsha, you look great!

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MSLZZY 2/8/2013 10:25PM

    Dry eyes, huh? I'll have to stay on top of this!

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JOYINKY 2/8/2013 10:09PM

    Marsha, ALL thin people don't have dry eyes! If your eyes feel fine; you don't have a problem. Life is a risk! No worries. Hugs.

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WATERMELLEN 2/8/2013 9:19PM

    I do use Refresh liquigel for dry eyes, on the recommendation of my optometrist . . . and he's terrific. The drops really help with my multifocal contact lenses which I wear most of the time . . . but within the past few months I also treated myself to some new frameless eyeglasses with very simple and elegant "arms": they are so light and comfortable!! Scratch free too. I had not had new glasses for at least 15 years!

So sure you're thin: and I can say (if I'm thin too, which people tell me) I also have experienced some dry eye issues. No biggie, however: very treatable.

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FROSTY99 2/8/2013 9:16PM

    No matter what we do or what our size, it seems there can always be a down side to things. I have several friends with dry eye - one is what I call a normal size and the other could maybe lose 10-15 lbs so... how would the dr explain that one.
There are several vitamins just for eye health so you might research those and see if any claim they are good for dry eye.


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REFFIE1 2/8/2013 8:57PM

    I would definitely ignore those comments. I bet he wishes he was in shape like you! Really there are always eye drops - a fair trade for a healthy heart and longer life. Keep on keeping on! You are fantastic and an inspiration! emoticon

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