Do Seniors Need to Supplement DHA for Vision Health?

mackerel contains DHADocosahexaenoic acid or DHA is a naturally-occurring chemical, so why might seniors need to supplement it? Our bodies create small amounts of this omega-3 fatty acid. DHA from the diet, such as seafood, also counts. Docosahexaenoic acid is crucial to brain development in infants, and it is found in large quantities in the brain and retina. Researchers have found that consuming extra DHA can fight eye disease. How much docosahexaenoic acid do you need to get these effects? Can you get enough through your diet, or do you need to supplement DHA for optimum health? Continue reading “Do Seniors Need to Supplement DHA for Vision Health?”

How Often Do You Need Eye Exams?

eye examsRegular eye exams improve quality of life, but how often do you need an eye exam? No one wants to waste time and money on unnecessary vision screenings and exams. On the other hand, eye exams can catch minor problems before they become major problems.

Many eye problems have subtle symptoms or no symptoms at all. Continue reading “How Often Do You Need Eye Exams?”

Blood Sugar Variability and Diabetic Neuropathy Risk

blood sugar monitorA preliminary study may point to blood sugar variability as an independent risk factor for diabetic neuropathy. Although the study involved only 40 adult patients, this type of research may emphasize the importance of leveling out blood sugar readings. Diabetic neuropathy is permanent nerve damage caused by sugar in the blood vessels. This condition can damage any nerves in the body. When high blood sugar damages the optic nerve in the eyes, it is called “diabetic retinopathy.” Continue reading “Blood Sugar Variability and Diabetic Neuropathy Risk”

Microcurrent Stimulation for Eye Disease

Microcurrent stimulation for eyesMicrocurrent stimulation is a painless therapy that delivers a mild electrical current to the body. Doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists use microcurrent stimulation to reduce pain and speed healing. When directed at the eyes, microcurrent stimulation (MCS) has been found helpful for many cases of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and eye surgery recovery.

How Microcurrent Stimulation Works

Understanding how microcurrent stimulation can support eye disease depends on knowing about cellular energy. Continue reading “Microcurrent Stimulation for Eye Disease”

Poor Night Vision: What Can You Do?

night blindness poor night visionPoor night vision or night blindness can be a life-limiting symptom. Night blindness can be caused by either an inherited or acquired reason. Symptoms include difficulty driving at night, tripping over objects when walking in the dark, and slow response when light conditions change (such as entering a dark movie theater). Photoreceptor cells in the retina allow you to see in dim lighting. When they malfunction, vision in dark conditions becomes difficult.

The photoreceptors called “rod cells” are mainly responsible for night vision. Rods can detect single photons and transmit that data to rod bipolar cells. This makes dim light information more usable to the brain. Continue reading “Poor Night Vision: What Can You Do?”

Why Might Seniors Need Digestive Enzyme Supplements?

sauerkraut digestive enzyme supplementsOur body naturally produces enzymes for digestion, so why might we need digestive enzyme supplements? Some fresh and fermented foods contain large amounts of digestive enzymes. How do these chemical catalysts help digestion? What happens if we do not have enough enzymes? Do we produce enough enzymes as we age? Does our diet today contain enough digestive enzymes? Continue reading “Why Might Seniors Need Digestive Enzyme Supplements?”

Eye-Healthy Recipes: Where to Find Nutritious Recipes

eye recipesWhere do you find nutritious recipes for the eyes? A significant body of research has shown that certain nutrients are very important to healthy vision. This makes sense, because your eyes are the most nutrient-hungry organ in the body for their size. Cooking at home is less expensive and generally more nutritious than eating restaurant foods. Therefore, having an arsenal of healthy recipes could help prevent and support glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other age-related eye diseases. Continue reading “Eye-Healthy Recipes: Where to Find Nutritious Recipes”

Save Your Vision at All Stages in Life

How can you save your vision regardless of your age? Eye disease is prevalent in seniors; however, people of all ages can take steps to protect their eyes. Here is Natural Eye Care’s guide to preserving the precious gift of sight.

At All Ages

Wear Sunglasses: The earth’s atmosphere has thinned, exposing our eyes to more ultraviolet light whenever we are outdoors. Wear 100% UVA/UVB protecting sunglasses when you are outside in the Continue reading “Save Your Vision at All Stages in Life”

Gene Therapy Might Cure Type II Diabetes

Diabetes injection
Many diabetic patients need multiple insulin injections per day.

Studies on mice at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) may lead to an injection that cures Type II Diabetes. This metabolic disorder affects overweight and obese people, due to insulin resistance. The body needs more and more insulin to maintain steady blood sugar, and the pancreas cannot keep up. Diabetes can lead to eye disease in the form of diabetic retinopathy. The chances of developing floaters, cataracts, nerve damage, and glaucoma are higher. Diabetes also causes stroke, amputations, coma, and even death.

The researchers, led by Professor Fátima Bosch, introduced into the mice a gene that creates the FGF21 protein Continue reading “Gene Therapy Might Cure Type II Diabetes”

How to Minimize Your Glaucoma Risk

glaucoma simulation riskGlaucoma is a serious eye disease with many risk factors. Some risk factors are controllable; other risks are not. The main problems with glaucoma are late detection, permanent damage, and no cure. People who skip going to the eye doctor often notice no symptoms until glaucoma is well-established. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief.” Typically, are no eye symptoms until the person notices that peripheral vision is reduced. Glaucoma is not curable but with proper treatment often very manageable. Therefore, knowing your glaucoma risks and managing them can help prevent irreversible optic nerve damage. Continue reading “How to Minimize Your Glaucoma Risk”