Optic Neuritis: A Complete Overview from Natural Eye Care

Optic neuritis is swelling and inflammation of the optic nerve that can cause eye pain, visual impairment, dull colors, and/or flashing lights. Since the optic nerve carries visual information to the brain, any symptoms of optic neuritis should be checked by a doctor immediately. If a patient has just one incident, chances are good that … Continue reading “Optic Neuritis: A Complete Overview from Natural Eye Care”

MRI Identifies Optic Neuritis Lesion Location for Better Prognosis

Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Hospital in  Germany have determined that advanced MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can assist in accurately diagnosing optic nerve health – in particular, optic neuritis and the prognosis for short-term recovery and decision as to the most appropriate therapies. Optic neuritis is a potentially serious inflammation of the optic nerve, sometimes accompanied by loss … Continue reading “MRI Identifies Optic Neuritis Lesion Location for Better Prognosis”

Protect the Optic Nerve with Taurine, Bilberry, and More

Several nutrients and vitamins such as bilberry and taurine help protect the optic nerve from damage. Glaucoma causes optic nerve damage. Optic neuritis and optic nerve atrophy are serious conditions that harm the optic nerve. Since the optic nerve sends electrical signals from the eye to the brain, any interruption damages vision. How does the … Continue reading “Protect the Optic Nerve with Taurine, Bilberry, and More”

What is Optic Nerve Atrophy?

Optic nerve atrophy, also called optic neuropathy, is damage to the optic nerve from any cause. Some of these causes include: diabetes, glaucoma, certain health problems associated with aging, brain tumors, head trauma, infection, multiple sclerosis, radiation, inflammatory blood vessel diseases, sleep apnea, excessive blood coagulation, high cholesterol, genetic disorders, poisoning, malnutrition, and drug side … Continue reading “What is Optic Nerve Atrophy?”

Melatonin Research Update

The body produces the hormone melatonin in several places, mostly in the pineal gland and the eyes. It is also produced in the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, skin, and white blood cells known as lymphocytes. Melatonin coordinates circadian rhythms and helps induce sleep. Research suggests the decline in melatonin levels that occurs during aging contributes … Continue reading “Melatonin Research Update”

COVID-19 and Your Vision

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us to avoid touching our eyes, nose, mouth, or anywhere on the face with unwashed hands. This should help prevent us from contracting Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19). Learn about important updates as scientists learn more about how COVID impacts the eyes.

Vitamin D and the Eye: Uveitis, Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eye

Lack of Vitamin D has been associated with eye diseases like uveitis, macular degeneration, and dry eye. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to cancer, immune disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, bone pain, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and even dementia. Shockingly, more than 40% of the US population is Vitamin D deficient. The … Continue reading “Vitamin D and the Eye: Uveitis, Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eye”

Which Parts of the Eyes Are Associated with Which Eye Diseases?

The eyes are small, but they have many parts including the eyelids, sclera, cornea, lens, optic nerve and retina. We depend heavily on our vision. When something goes wrong, the eyes are disproportionately affected. For example, a senior at risk of heart disease is also at risk of an ocular arterial or vein occlusion. Also, … Continue reading “Which Parts of the Eyes Are Associated with Which Eye Diseases?”