Two Eye Exercises for Computer Eye Strain

eye exercisesAmericans are spending at least 5 hours per day close-up looking at computers, tablets and smartphones.1 However, our eyes were not designed for extended hours of close-up work. In the same way that we need regular physical exercises, we also need eye exercises. We evolved as hunter-gathers, and our eyes are made to scan the landscape. Modern technology has resulted in wide-spread computer eye strain. Symptoms include short-term dry eyes, worsening farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, eye focusing disorders and poor eye coordination. Continue reading “Two Eye Exercises for Computer Eye Strain”

Zeaxanthin & Lutein Help the Eyes & the Brain

brain eye health Zeaxanthin Recent research has found that the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein not only support vision, but also help the brain work more efficiently, protect bone structure and stem cells, help in medical diagnostics, and much more. In fact, these powerful antioxidants are key to long-term health. Especially as people get older, they need enough of these nutrients to help ward off disease and maintain quality of life.

As a person ages, the brain becomes less efficient. More mental activity is needed to accomplish thinking tasks that were easy in youth. This effect may not be obvious to an observer. However, an fMRI reveals how efficiently the brain is operating. Continue reading “Zeaxanthin & Lutein Help the Eyes & the Brain”

Preserving Vision Naturally Through Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicineChinese Medicine can support eye health and help preserve vision. This traditional modality is helpful for people looking to reduce the risk developing eye disease and maintain healthy vision. Additionally, patients with existing eye conditions such as chronic dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and eye floaters can benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of their treatment plan.

Chinese medicine includes the use of acupuncture, herbs, as well as Tui Na (massage therapy), Gui Sha (skin scraping), and Qigong (physical exercises and breathing techniques). Acupuncture involves tiny, disposable needles painlessly inserted at certain points on the body. Continue reading “Preserving Vision Naturally Through Chinese Medicine”

Eye Tests Show Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

parkinsons diseaseAlzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease may appear first in the eye, possibly years before the first clear symptoms of the either disease appear. This offers hope of detecting two devastating and common diseases in their earliest stages. Damage from these brain and central nervous system diseases may prove very difficult to reverse. Detecting these illnesses, which impact mostly the elderly, as early as possible could mean treatments that slow the diseases’ progress and preserve functioning. Several recent studies on the eye hold promise of reliable early detection, routine screening and therefore, early intervention.

Alzheimer’s Disease and the Eyes

A form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease gradually diminishes Continue reading “Eye Tests Show Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease”

Can LED Lights Damage the Eyes or Disrupt Sleep?

LED lightsLED light bulbs are becoming very popular, but what is their effect on the eyes? Low Emitting Diode lighting uses up to 95% less energy than their incandescent counterparts. Before replacing your home or workplace’s indoor lights with LEDs, consider two downsides:

  • LEDs do not give off near-infrared radiation, which is necessary for health
  • They emit large amounts of blue light, which disrupts sleeping patterns and over time can contribute to eye disease.

One of the benefits of LED lights is that they are Continue reading “Can LED Lights Damage the Eyes or Disrupt Sleep?”

Glaucoma Risk Reduction from Leafy Green Vegetables

leafy-greens-200A large study found that people who ate enough leafy greens had a significantly lower risk of getting primary open-angle glaucoma. A large body of research show the positive impact that good nutrition has on vision health. Eating sufficient amounts of vegetables provides the body with important nutrients.

The eye is made from nutrients. Leafy green vegetables are loaded with vitamin K, magnesium, iron, calcium, beta-carotene, carotenoids and other antioxidants, and the eye nutrients lutein Continue reading “Glaucoma Risk Reduction from Leafy Green Vegetables”

The Effects of Exercise on Vision Health: Glaucoma, Cataracts, AMD and Others

exercise for vision healthEye health is important for quality of life. Regular exercise has many significant benefits, including supporting healthy vision. This is especially true for seniors, who are most at risk for eye disease. While you cannot control all risk factors, sedentary behavior is a risk factor you CAN control. Avoiding tobacco and eating a healthy diet are also under your control. Genetics have an influence: a much higher percentage of African Americans have vision loss from glaucoma; non-Hispanic Whites top the charts in Age-Related Macular Degeneration vision loss1.

Exercise reduces oxidative stress, a significant factor in the development of eye Continue reading “The Effects of Exercise on Vision Health: Glaucoma, Cataracts, AMD and Others”

Dry Eyes Respond Best to Specific Type of Omega-3 Fish Oils

fish oil supplement for dry eyeFor dry eyes, not all fish oils supplements are the same. A recent study found that re-esterified triglyceride omega-3 fatty acids were superior for tackling dry eye symptoms. The triglyceride form is similar but more economical than the re-esterified triglyceride form.

Omega 3 fatty acids occur naturally in fish. These antioxidants have been shown to have significant across-the-board health benefits. Our bodies are not capable of Continue reading “Dry Eyes Respond Best to Specific Type of Omega-3 Fish Oils”

Glaucoma Tips Based on Current Research Studies

stop glaucomaLifestyle can have a significant impact on the progression of glaucoma. Patients should follow their ophthalmologist’s advice. Also, research has shown that certain behavioral changes can help preserve vision. Natural Eye Care offers these tips.

Get Moving to Fight Glaucoma

If you are sedentary and have a glaucoma diagnosis, you can expect strong benefits from becoming active. A meta analysis1 showed that exercise reduced intraocular pressure in patients. The effect was largest on those who were sedentary Continue reading “Glaucoma Tips Based on Current Research Studies”

Macular Edema: A Complete Overview by Natural Eye Care

macular edema in the elderlyMacular edema is a swelling of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for central vision. When fluid builds up in the macula, it becomes swollen and thicker. This distorts vision. There are several causes, including diabetic retinopathy, post-eye surgery complications, macular degeneration, injury, systemic inflammatory diseases that can affect the eye, and/or vein blockages. If an eye disease causes damage to blood vessels in the retina, it can cause macular edema. Left untreated, this problem can cause serious vision loss and even blindness.

An eye doctor will direct your care should macular Continue reading “Macular Edema: A Complete Overview by Natural Eye Care”