Light Sensitivity: A Symptom of Another Problem

Photophobia literally means “fear of light,” but it just means that you are overly sensitive to light.  Light sensitivity might be temporary, but it can be an indicator or symptom of another problem. People with photophobia experience pain, tearing, and sometimes headaches especially when they are out in bright light too long.  A common summer … Continue reading “Light Sensitivity: A Symptom of Another Problem”

Photophobia: When the Eyes Have Extreme Light Sensitivity

Everyone is sensitive to light to some degree, but light sensitivity, or photophobia is an abnormal intolerance for light. Discomfort can be experienced from light sources such as sunlight and fluorescent or other artificial lights. It may cause the person with light sensitivity to squint or to have to close their eyes. It can cause pain … Continue reading “Photophobia: When the Eyes Have Extreme Light Sensitivity”

Improve Eyes’ Light Sensitivity with Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Do you find that your eyes are sensitive to bright lights? A study published in the journal Optometry & Vision Science describes how the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin were found to positively effect many visual performance issues (including contrast sensitivity) when one is exposed to glaring light conditions.  Carotenoids are organic pigments that are naturally … Continue reading “Improve Eyes’ Light Sensitivity with Lutein and Zeaxanthin”

Blue Light & Your Vision (and more!)

We have written extensively about how excess exposure to blue light can, over time, negatively affect vision. Not only does it affect our vision and ability to fall asleep, but it can also harm skin health, and neural pathways in the brain are affected in various ways.

Add Nutritional Sun Protection to Your Summer

Protection Against Sun Exposure Summertime is here, and it is great to be outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather. Some daily exposure to sunlight helps build up Vitamin D in the body and is good for eye health, but excessive exposure can lead to skin damage, skin cancer, and even promote eye disease which may include … Continue reading “Add Nutritional Sun Protection to Your Summer”

Nutrition for Diabetic Retinopathy

Did you know that proper nutrition and exercise can help prevent diabetic retinopathy?1  Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the eye’s retina; it is a leading cause of vision loss in the world. About 10% of Americans have diabetes. One in three people with diabetes has symptoms of diabetic … Continue reading “Nutrition for Diabetic Retinopathy”

Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Meso-Zeaxanthin – An Update

Your Eyes Benefit from Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-zeaxanthin Lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin are potent antioxidants found in green leafy vegetables, eggs, corn and even chocolate. They have a profound effect on preserving healthy vision, brain function, the immune and cardiovascular systems. New research is focusing less on the well-established understanding of local benefit from nutrients, … Continue reading “Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Meso-Zeaxanthin – An Update”

The Sun and Your Eyes: Enemy or Friend?

Does Sunlight Danger Outweigh the Benefits? Many studies demonstrate that exposure to sunlight provides protection to diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and a variety of cancers, and avoiding sunlight may influence their progression.1  It has been thought that these protections are due only to vitamin D, whose creation requires sunlight, but researchers are … Continue reading “The Sun and Your Eyes: Enemy or Friend?”

Do You Suffer From Tired Eyes?

Tired eyes are one of the most common complaints eye doctors get from their patients. In this era of computers and mobile devices, the average person in the United States spends about 10 hours, 39 minutes daily in screen time.1 Asthenopia Asthenopia is the technical name for tired eyes. It describes a number of symptoms … Continue reading “Do You Suffer From Tired Eyes?”