Stephen Rose: Hello! My name is Dr. Stephen Rose. I am the Chief Research Officer of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and today, I am talking about tips for keeping your eyes healthy. Having the ability to see is priceless. We use our vision everyday in everything that we do. Our sight allows us to fully experience the world around us. And enjoy the visual beauty of light, natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and incredible feats of engineering like the Eiffel Tower. Our sight also gives us great independence, like the ability to drive a car or fun escapes like watching a movie or reading a book. It also keeps us out of harm's way. But while we use our constantly, we often take our vision for granted.
Our eyes are one of the most complex organs in our body. The eyes are composed of more than two million working parts, and can process 36000 bits of information every hour. In addition to being complex, our eyes are also very delicate. Unlike the organs inside our bodies that are protected by bone, muscle and skin our eyes are on the outside of our bodies, making them more susceptible to harm and damage. The good news is that there are some very simple things that you can do in your day to day life to protect your eyes and keep your vision for life. In this video series, we'll provide simple tips on how to eat helpfully for your eyes, eye safety and simple ways to protect your eyes from harm, healthy habits to fight fatigue and keep your eyes strong and last but not least why it is important to see your eye doctor regularly. By following these healthy eye tips you can enjoy good vision for a life time. But before we get started, let me take a moment to tell you about myself. I am the Chief Research Officer of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization that is leading the charge in finding preventions, treatments and cures for vision loss and blindness caused by different eye diseases. These diseases alone affect more than 10 million Americans of every age and race. And right now, there are no cures available. This number doesn't account for the number of people who suffer vision loss to other conditions, to accidents and injuries. At the Foundation, it is out mission to change that by raising money for the most promising research initiatives available. In addition to being the world's largest source of private funding for retinal research, the Foundation also provides critical information and support to the millions of Americans that are losing their sight to retinal diseases. We have 50 volunteer lead chapters around the country that work hard with their communities to raise awareness around these diseases, raise money for the research and provide one another with much needed support and guidance. If you'd like to learn more, visit fightblindness.
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