With cataracts affecting nearly 22 million Americans, it’s not surprising that most of us know people who have had cataract surgery. We may even be contemplating cataract surgery for ourselves. Since cataracts are almost never a medical emergency, you should feel entirely comfortable taking the time to learn more about cataracts and explore all your options.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is simply a spot on the lens of the eye that you cannot readily see through. These spots are made up of clumps of normal eye protein and generally form slowly over time. Although most cataracts are related to aging, it is also possible for cataracts Continue reading →
Researchers have found that there is a correlation between a larger brain volume and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. This suggests that the typical loss of brain cells and volume that occurs with age can be slowed with diet changes and supplements to increase omega-3 intake.
Two types of omega-3 fatty acids in particular–eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)–were examined Continue reading →
Many advances in technology that could improve the lives of blind people are on the horizon. Solutions that were thought impossible not long ago are now becoming a reality for many patients suffering from retinal diseases. Treatments such as gene therapy, stem cells, and bionic retinas have shown that vision loss can in fact be reversible.
A cutting-edge project has produced a vast “road map” for proteins in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and choroid of the eye. The project, conducted by recent grantees of a BrightFocus grant, mapped the locations and quantities of 4,403 different eye proteins. This research could be invaluable to further understanding of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Continue reading →
A biodegradable contact lens is being developed that would administer glaucoma medication and then disappear. The problem with eye drops is that they slip out of the eye and much of the medication is lost. This contact lens, designed by Mridula P. Menon in India, uses a nano-carrier loaded with the glaucoma drug acetazolamide that is dissolved in a transparent vinyl polymer.
Members of the public who have a vision concern have been invited to sign up for a free vision consultation on the NaturalEyeCare.com website. One of two experts in natural approaches to vision support will call back to discuss any vision topic, including:
eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and more
common eye conditions such as floaters, dry eyes, vitreous detachment, etc.
natural ways to prevent eye diseases, especially as we age
The two vision experts who are offering the consultations are Marc Grossman and Michael Edson. Natural Eye Care was founded by Marc Grossman, OD, L.Ac. and Michael Edson, MS., L.Ac., a NYS licensed acupuncturist specializing Continue reading →
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, Continue reading →
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.
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.