In a new article, “Vision & Posture,” Dr. Mark Fillipi, D.C., illuminates the relationship between vision and posture in the body. These two systems develop differently, but they become intricately intertwined as the brain and body advance. Dr. Fillipi unravels this complex relationship to explain why vision and posture depend so strongly on the health and functioning of the eye itself.
In order to receive and interpret light signals as vision, the physical posture is corrected so that the head and eyes can take in visual information. Visual input, in turn, controls proper posture in the body. In his article, Dr. Fillipi explains this reciprocal relationship by mapping out the eyes, body, and brain to illustrate the communication between them.
Dr. Fillipi’s maps and examples show an analogous link between areas of the eye and corresponding areas of the body. They show the cornea as linked to the shoulder; the aqueous humor to the heart; the retina to the spine, pelvis, and lower back; and so on. The analysis also offers explanations for some common visual conditions as they relate to the development of physical posture.
You can find Dr. Fillipi’s full analysis on the Natural Eye Care website.
When our far peripheral retina, which is responsible for our extreme side vision, becomes weak and thin, its most common form is called “lattice degeneration.” This condition occurs in 8 to 11 percent of the normal population. It affects both eyes in 30-50% of patients who have the condition.
The fibrosed vessels within the atrophied retina form a “lattice” pattern, hence its name. Sometimes it is accompanied by retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) hyperplasia (an increase in cells), which gives the lesions a pigmented appearance. Some 18 to 42 percent of the Continue reading
Lattice degeneration’s development is often found only as a doctor examines the eyes in peripheral retinal exams or for other conditions. It doesn’t affect central vision or cause noticeable symptoms, although the patient may notice many sudden floaters, light flashes, or loss of peripheral vision.
There are no specific measurable risk factors for lattice degeneration. However, research has repeatedly shown that healthy vision for those with retinal (kidney) conditions can be supported and even maintained with a healthy lifestyle (included a good vision diet and regular exercise) and taking targeted supplements.
Therefore we recommend a general health protocol that includes fresh juices, lots of Continue reading
How much do you know about cataracts? Cataracts affect millions of people as they age, but many individuals still aren’t aware of what signs to look out for, what increases their risk, and what options are available to them for effective treatment. On our Cataracts page, we have information about preventing this common eye condition, as well as an informative cataracts video showing just how cataracts are caused and how they may affect you.
A cataract is an opaque spot that forms on the lens Continue reading
According to market research by Persistence Market Research, the global market for ophthalmic devices is predicted to increase significantly by 2020. The prediction is based on information from a number of geographic locations, including the United States and countries in Europe and Asia. Increasing prevalence of eye disease contributes to the ophthalmic devices market, which includes vision care, diagnostic, and surgery devices.
Higher incidence of common eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma are leading more and more patients all over the world to seek out treatment for vision loss. Aging populations, lifestyle-associated diseases (such as diabetes or high blood pressure), and government healthcare Continue reading
Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Hospital in Germany have determined that advanced MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can assist in accurately diagnosing optic nerve health – in particular, optic neuritis and the prognosis for short-term recovery and decision as to the most appropriate therapies.
Optic neuritis is a potentially serious inflammation of the optic nerve, sometimes accompanied by loss or damage to the myelin sheath that surrounds the optic nerve. It is most often experienced by younger adults, and whose symptoms can include pain, vision changes in perception of color, light/dark perception, and blurriness. It can come on suddenly and often is of short duration with full recovery in 90% of patients.
Donated eyes from the dead may be the key to giving sight back to the living. Researchers have found that cells from the back of the eye may be taken from donated eyes and used to repair the eyes of the blind. Human cells have successfully been used to restore some sight to blind mice, with human trials set to begin in the next three years.
The special type of cells extracted from the back of the eye are called Continue reading
Vision is the sense most heavily relied on by modern, technological society. Hearing may come in as a close second, but even without a sense of hearing, we could still navigate most electronics. Without our eyes, that becomes a laborious task. But what, exactly, are the screens we look at so much, doing to our eyes?
Blue Light Damages the Retina
Those glowing flat panes, held mere inches from our face, emit a powerful light that can, opticians say, lead to permanent eye damage. Much of the light that comes out of a screen is blue-violet. Studies show that, over time, too much exposure to blue-violet light can injure the retina. Retina damage can lead to macular degeneration, Continue reading
Everyone is sensitive to light to some degree, but light sensitivity, or photophobia is an abnormal intolerance for light. Discomfort can be experienced from light sources such as sunlight and fluorescent or other artificial lights. It may cause the person with light sensitivity to squint or to have to close their eyes. It can cause pain and/or tears. In some cases, this may be accompanied by a headache.
The brighter the light, the greater the discomfort. Generally people Continue reading
Technology for restoring vision to the blind continues to improve with devices like the Argus II, a system of special glasses and electrodes implanted directly in the retina. While only six people in the U.S. are using the Argus II, more and more similar means of achieving “bionic eyes” are becoming available. These systems allow patients who have lost sight due to certain eye diseases to regain basic recognition of light and shapes.
The Argus II involves a simple set of glasses equipped with a camera not unlike those in smartphones. The camera sends Continue reading