- traumatic brain injury and how it effects eyes
- Stream Safely with Professional Gamer ARUUU
- Casey Nichols
- Dylan Shockey-Prioritizing eye health with high levels of screen time
- Routine comprehensive eye exam leads to liver cancer diagnosis
- Glaucoma Caught Before Woman Loses Her Eyesight
- Leveling up with Jordan Fisher
- The Results of a Comprehensive Eye Exam-A Lifesaving Diabetes Diagnosis
- Tacko Fall
- Larry Lipman
- Kelly Rosemann
- Pamela Young
- Abeni Neubauer
- Emory Mitchell
- Julie from NYC
- Alison Teitelbaum
- Janice Cook
- Dr Jones
- Living with Sjögren’s
- Fighting to vision after COVID-19
- Pro Surfer Caroline Marks-All Eyes on the Future
Director Marcus Ubungen: Almost losing the eyes behind the vision
When I first heard about the Eye Deserve More campaign, I immediately wanted to be a part of it because the message—there’s no replacement for in-person, annual eye care from a medical expert—resonated with me on a personal level. And not just because I’m a director and rely so heavily on my eyes to do my job, but because I had a vision scare as a teenager that made me recognize the important role my eyes play in every aspect of my life.
“It was a struggle being a teenager in total darkness at the time […] and I realized how much I took my sight for granted.”
When I was in high school, I suffered an injury playing sports and temporarily lost vision in my right eye. The impact caused bleeding in the eye, which prevented any light from shining through. For over a month I had to sit and sleep upright and let gravity settle the blood. Part of the treatment involved wearing an eye shield to prevent any movement, but eyes work as a pair, I had to cover both eyes during the recovery process. It was a struggle being a teenager in total darkness at the time. Normal activities such as eating, showering and using the phone became huge obstacles, and I realized how much I took my sight for granted. You can’t fully appreciate the senses until you lose one of them.
After that experience I made it a point to get an eye exam regularly. I was told I might have an increased risk for Glaucoma in the future, so a simple annual visit to my eye doctor can prevent so many future problems. My optometrist knows my line of work, and she can track how my vision has changed over the years. I love that. A huge part of my job is to look at screens and through viewfinders all day, so eye health is a high priority for me. I take frequent breaks from my screen and wear blue-light-filtering glasses. I feel that a little bit of upstream thinking can go a long way, and anyone can start doing these things today.
“My optometrist knows my line of work, and she can track how my vision has changed over the years. I love that. ” -Marcus Ubungen
Working with Caroline Marks, who is currently a teenager herself, was a great way to help get the word out to young people that it’s never too early to start taking proactive steps to care for your eyes. It took a serious injury for me to realize the importance of regular eye care, but I hope this campaign will resonate with people of all ages that taking simple precaution—including an annual, in-person eye exam—can make all the difference in the world.
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