Watch This Video on Macular Degeneration

macular degeneration video linkAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss in adults over 55, but many don’t know the signs and risk factors of this common disease. In a new informative video on our AMD page, the process behind macular degeneration is explained with clear animation and up-to-date information so you can better understand this condition and help protect your eye health.

AMD occurs in the macula, the region of your eye responsible for your central, most exact vision. Hereditary, diet, and other factors can cause the breakdown of macular cells as an individual ages. For most, Continue reading

Oraya Therapy for Wet AMD Gains Popularity

orayaA one-time treatment for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is gaining popularity in Europe. Oraya Therapy, made by US-based company Oraya Therapeutics, Inc., is being offered at more locations in Europe, including a National Health Service hospital in the UK and several hospitals in Germany.

Oraya Therapy has already been a regular treatment option in hospitals throughout Germany, the UK, and Switzerland, increasingly embraced by patients, doctors, and insurance providers. The one-time treatment is a non-invasive therapy for wet AMD patients meant to maintain or improve vision and decrease frequency of anti-vascular endothelial growth Continue reading

Inflamed Eye Lids: All About Blepharitis

blepharitis-200Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids, and for many this is a chronic condition. It is a common condition that affects both adults and children. There are two kinds of blepharitis – anterior (front) and posterior (back) blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis affects the front of the eye, including the eyelid and eyelashes. It is often associated with a bacterial growth and/or an increase in the activity of the meibomian gland. Posterior blepharitis causes dry eyes and is created by the dysfunction of the meibomian gland. So it generally isn’t caused by a bacterial infection.

In the eyes, the meibomian glands (also called the “tarsal glands”) are a type of Continue reading

Exercise Improves Retinal Health

exercise eye diseaseResearch has shown that simple exercise could be the answer to improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. Though exercise in general is regarded essential to overall health, for the first time a study has linked exercise directly with retinal health. This research could lead to better prevention and treatment of common retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The study, titled “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” is the first Continue reading

Using the Eyes to Detect Diseases

eye-detect-200The eyes are not just the mirrors of our souls – they also reflect many of our diseases. Because they are the only place in the body where you can easily see blood vessels and even part of the brain via the optic nerve, they can be used to detect a number of diseases.

A large study of 120,000 people by the insurance company, VSP Vision Care, found that 34% of diabetes patients first found out about their disease from an eye exam. High blood pressure Continue reading

How to Gain Optimal Vitamin D Levels from the Sun

vitamin d from sunVitamin D is responsible for overall immune system health as well as vastly reducing the risk of numerous chronic diseases and cancers. The best way to receive vitamin D3 is through the sun, but it is essential to achieve a fine balance between healthy exposure and overexposure.

UVB rays from the sun present an unusual contradiction. They are the wavelength that can quickly cause sunburn on the surface of the skin, but they are also essential to vitamin D production. The body requires sun exposure to convert a cholesterol derivative into vitamin D3.

In order to gain safe and adequate exposure to UVB, a Continue reading

7 Foods to Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

pickles are high in sodiumDo you have high blood pressure or hypertension? If so, take a look at these foods you should avoid due to their high sodium content. The upper limit of sodium per day is 2300 mg (1 teaspoon). Too much sodium does direct damage to the heart and arteries and raises blood pressure significantly.

Here are common foods that quickly add up sodium in your diet:

  1. Pickles – one medium size pickle (about 5 inches long) has approximately 570 mg of sodium.
  2. Canned Chicken Noodle Soup – up to 880 mg of sodium per one-cup serving
  3. Sauerkraut – ½ cup has about 460 mg of sodium
  4. Fast food French fries – has approximately 270 mg of sodium and 19 grams of unhealthy fat.
  5. Bacon – 3 slices has about 270 mg of sodium and 4.5 grams of fat
  6. Frozen pot pies – one serving has about 1300-1400 mg of sodium.
  7. Ramen noodles – one package has about 1580 mg of sodium

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Vitamins & Supplements for Special Diets & Allergies

glueten freeVitamins taken as a dietary supplement are a common and powerful form of prevention in fighting countless eye diseases and maintaining overall eye health. But if you have special dietary needs or must avoid certain allergens, finding the right supplements can be a challenge. At Natural Eye Care, we carry supplements in a wide variety to suit these special needs, making it easy for you to find what you need to achieve optimal eye health.

Many supplements are also made with the sensitivity of certain allergens in mind. Groups of these allergen-free Continue reading

Can Lycopene in Watermelon Prevent Macular Degeneration? (AMD)

watermellon for eye healthWatermelon is a great summer fruit, but it also has some powerful health benefits that you may not know about. The key nutrient in this tasty melon is lycopene, a carotenoid found in red fruits and vegetables, which is essential for eye health. Research has shown that a deficiency in lycopene is associated with macular degeneration. As such, it is important to maintain a diet rich in lycopene and other nutrients essential to preventing disease.

You’ve probably seen lycopene touted on bottles of tomato ketchup. It’s true that tomatoes are one source of lycopene, but ketchup Continue reading

Wet Macular Degeneration is Choroidal Neovascularization (CNV) – The Unwanted Blood Vessels

wet amd vision lossIn the case of choroidal neovascularization (CNV, also known as “wet” macular degeneration), new blood vessels are the cause of the problem. Yet normally when new blood vessels are created in the body, it is a good sign. For example, it is part of the way the body heals wounds. But with CNV, the blood vessels pose a problem because they originate in the choroid layer of the eye and pass through a weak part of the Bruch’s membrane, the innermost layer of choroid, then pass into the subretinal pigment epithelium (sub-RPE) or subretinal space. These blood vessels aren’t supposed to exist in this part of the eye, are weak and tend to leak, potentially substantially impairing vision.

Oxygen and nutrients are provided to the eye by the choroid. The choroid Continue reading