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

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

The Effects of Exercise on Vision Health: Prevent and Support Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Diseases

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

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

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

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

Stem Cells for Macular Degeneration

Stem cells are the area of greatest potential in current medicine. They can turn into any tissue in the body and can therefore conceivably be used for treatment of countless diseases. Previous research and trials currently taking place use embryonic stem cells, however, their use is ethically controversial and carries the risk of rejection by a patient’s tissues. Of great interest is the developing technology in stem cells for macular degeneration.

OpRegen Stem Cell Technology Shows Promise for Macular Degeneration

stem cells for macular degenerationCell Cure Neurosciences in Jerusalem has developed a proprietary stem cell technology that may halt the progress of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. OpRegen1 is currently being tested on patients with the more advanced “wet” form of this disease. If it works out, the technique could ultimately be available to patients with the more common “dry” form of Continue reading

Lenses with Cataracts Regenerated Using Stem Cells

eyeball normal vs cataract lensA breakthrough operation has regenerated the lenses of 12 children using stem cells. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens that typically occurs in the elderly. It is the leading cause of blindness (left untreated).

Standard treatment of cataracts is inserting an artificial intraocular lens. However, this requires waiting until the cataracts “ripen”, or cataract surgery is often recommended Continue reading

Eye Exam Could Detect Neurological Disease Parkinson’s

eye exam for parkinson's diseaseExamining the eyes of animals has revealed a test for very early Parkinson’s Disease. This research may translate into an eye test for humans. If so, it offers hope to the 1 in 500 people worldwide who will develop Parkinson’s by allowing treatment to slow the condition in its earliest stages.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms include muscle tremors, stiffness, and slow movement. It is not fatal by itself, but it reduces the quality of life. There is currently no definitive test, and doctors cannot diagnose this neurological Continue reading

Glutathione Spray Supplement is a Super-Antioxidant

glutathione spray supplementGlutathione is a “super-antioxidant” that benefits the entire body. It is one of the few antioxidants that can neutralize the full spectrum of free radicals. Glutathione is a compound involved as a coenzyme in oxidation–reduction reactions in cells. It is a tripeptide derived from glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine and acts both an intracellular antioxidant and a regulator of all other antioxidants. This substance helps prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides. It is very important for the health of the eye’s retina and lens.

Low glutathione levels in the body  have been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and aging in general.

The body is capable of producing glutathione. However, it needs a combination of nutreints to do this including the amino acids L-cysteine, L-Glutamine and L-Glycine, Vitamin C, selenium and alpha lipoic acid . Glutamate and glycine are non-essential amino acids because they are manufactured by the body itself. The typical diet does not contain cysteine in large quantities. Therefore, supplementation ensures a significant amount of this antioxidant is Continue reading