Why Annual Eye Exams Can Improve Heart Health

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eyeThis article is courtesy of PRWeb, please leave your comments below. Although it discusses February as Heart month in the article, it still has some great tips…..

Many people may not be aware that an eye exam could prevent a future heart event or know that vision health is linked to cardiovascular health. During American Heart Month, Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares why scheduling regular eye exams may also improve heart health.

“A trip to the eye doctor can identify other diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Some health conditions can also cause vision loss when not addressed timely. During an eye exam, an optometrist or ophthalmologist thoroughly examines the retina and can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

Changes in the eye’s blood vessels can indicate more serious systemic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension affects over 65 million Americans and many don’t even know they have it. “This disease doesn’t always show symptoms,” says Dr. Shofner.

The more advanced digital retinal imaging allows an eye doctor to quickly and painlessly detect and monitor blood flow in the retina. Ongoing research is proving that these changes in the retina can predict cardiovascular disease. This includes predicting one’s risk of having a stroke, high blood pressure or even a heart attack. Prevention is key to maintaining both vision health and heart health.

Vision Changes
“Anyone that experiences vision changes and has not had an eye exam in over a year should schedule an appointment with their local vision center,“ says Dr. Shofner. In some cases, hypertensive retinopathy can cause vision loss from retinal veins becoming obstructed.

Prevention
Researchers continue to confirm that certain risk factors such as smoking, obesity and high cholesterol levels can increase cardiovascular disease and put one’s vision at risk. Exercising, refraining from smoke (includes second hand smoke), maintaining a healthy weight and eating a heart healthy diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s will help improve vision and heart health. It’s always recommended that patients consult with their primary care physician before starting an exercise program or taking nutritional supplements.

Many people may not be aware that an eye exam could prevent a future heart event.

American Heart Month
The CDC reports heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Supporting American Heart Month could positively impact lives. Shofner Vision Center along with other leading health professionals encourages Americans to visit the Million Hearts® website to find tools that can assist with making heart-healthy goals that last a lifetime.

About Dr. Shofner
Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.

Eye Injuries Due To Basketball

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your comments below…..an older article from September, but some interesting tips…..

basketballcartoonPrevent Blindness Provides Tips on How to Help Prevent Serious Eye Injuries from Sports,

More than 6,000 Americans suffered an eye injury related to playing basketball in one year, according to estimates by Prevent Blindness. In fact, the top five sports with the most eye injuries were basketball, water and pool activities, use of guns (air, gas, spring, and BB), baseball/softball and football.

According to the National Eye Institute, every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. Eye injuries from sports may include infection, corneal abrasions, blunt trauma, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or a traumatic cataract. In the worst cases, some injuries may result in permanent vision loss.

Prevent Blindness has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month to encourage wearing proper eye protection while playing sports. Parents, coaches, school staff and others can support children’s sports eye safety by:

1) Knowing that almost all sports-related eye injuries are preventable. Whatever the sport or the athlete’s age, appropriate protective eyewear is the best defense against eye injury.

2) Parents, teachers, school nurses and coaches should learn about the eye injury risks associated with sports before allowing children to participate.

3) Parents should consult an eye doctor for protective eyewear recommendations before enrolling a child in any sports program. And, make sure the child is seeing clearly by getting him or her an eye exam.

4) Parents, teachers and coaches should discourage participation in high risk contact sports such as boxing, since adequate eye protection does not yet exist for these types of sport.

5) Parents should only enroll children in afterschool organized sports through school districts, community centers, park districts and recreation centers where adults supervise all sports activity. Ideally, an adult trained in the prevention, recognition and immediate care of an eye injury should be present at all times.

6) Parents should meet with a child’s coach or athletic trainer to make sure that proper procedures are in place to deal with a child’s eye injury should one occur.

7) Parents, teachers, school nurses and coaches should familiarize themselves with the warning signs of a serious eye injury and know when to seek treatment.

“Any injury can happen in a split second, but the effects of a serious eye injury can have lasting negative effects for a lifetime,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We encourage anyone, adult or child, to always make sure that eye protection is consistently part of their uniform, and to consult an eye care professional before starting any sport to make sure their vision is healthy and protected.”

Prevent Blindness is teaming up with Liberty Sport to provide eye care professionals with free information and materials through the “September is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month” campaign. For more information about Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month or to request a kit, please contact Angela Gerber, Liberty Sport, at (973) 882-0986 x972 or agerber(at)libertysport(dot)com.

For more information on sports eye injury prevention and information on sport-specific eye protection recommendations, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020, or visit preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety.

About Prevent Blindness

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.

Eye Cancer On The Rise: Reasons Prevention Is The Key To Saving Your Vision

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By Matthew Lynch

eyeMelanoma of the eye is one of the more common types of eye cancers and develops in melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin, which produces our skin colour). Whilst it is more common in skin, it can develop in the eye leading to eye cancer (sometimes referred to as choroidal or uveal melanoma).

In most cases, this type of cancer will develop in a part of the eye that isn’t visible from the outside, making it difficult to notice. It can start in the eyeball, the conjunctiva or the eyelid, but the most common starting point is the eyeball, or more specifically, the choroid, which creates the middle layer (the uvea) of your eye.

Treatments are available for these melanomas and depending on the case and the severity of the growth, vision may be unaffected. However, some larger melanomas can cause some vision loss.

The Symptoms of an Eye Melanoma

As mentioned previously, this type of cancer can go undetected due to the location of the melanomas and may only be noticed when someone has an eye test or undergoes laser eye surgery. It is not uncommon for companies to identify more underlying issues in their patients who come in for simple corrective surgery. Early warning signs include loss of peripheral vision, blurry or poor vision in one of your eyes, specks of dust (floaters) in your vision, a change in the shape of your pupil, flashing lights or a dark spot on your iris.

Should you find any of the above or you are concerned about your eye health, seek professional advice immediately.

Diagnosis Eye Melanoma

If your doctor is concerned about your eye health they may recommend further tests are carried out to establish whether or not you are suffering from an eye melanoma. They may conduct eye examinations, which involve looking for enlarged blood vessels on the outside of your eye; if these are present, it could indicate that a tumour is growing inside your eye. They will then look at the inside of your eye using specialist equipment that generates a bright light.

Ultrasounds of the eye may also be used to detect any growths. The eye specialist will place a transducer on the front of your eye or closed eyelid and the high-frequency soundwaves will enable them to spot any anomalies.

Angiograms can also be used in these cases, which involve injecting a dye into your bloodstream. This will enhance the blood vessels of the eye and will allow the doctor to take images of these around the affected area.

Available Treatments for Eye Cancer

How your doctor treats your eye melanoma will depend on the size and location of it. If it’s small and isn’t affecting your vision, they may choose to closely monitor it in case it grows. Or, if it is causing complications, surgery to remove the tumour may be considered. In severe cases where the tumour is particularly large, the eye may be removed (enucleation). Radiotherapy and laser treatments may also be offered as an additional precaution.

If you are concerned about your eye health or you’ve noticed some changes in your vision, get in touch with your eye specialist today to arrange an appointment.

– Matthew Lynch has wanted to be an optician ever since he was 15 years old. Now well on his way to his dream career Matt wants to share his passion with more people. He doesn’t feel there is enough awareness of eye health and hopes his articles will help on that front. Visit Laser Eye Surgery Hub if you’re interested in learning more about laser eye surgery options.

Doctor Discusses Eye and Vision Supplements

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vitaminsTaking the right eye supplements that contain vitamins and other nutrients can be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision. Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares tips on choosing the best eye and vision supplements.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares tips on choosing the best supplements to improve vision and eye health. Eye supplements are designed to add, not replace, nutrients acquired from a healthy diet. It is important to know that a healthy diet of nutrient-rich foods is critical for maintaining eye health and good vision.

Most Americans don’t eat enough nutrient rich foods like fruits and vegetables, but opt for high-calorie, low-nutrient alternatives that can be harmful to the body, including the eyes. Daily multivitamins and minerals can help supplement the nutritional gaps in a unsatisfactory diet and may decrease the progression of eye diseases. Dr. Shofner shares the following tips on choosing the best vision supplements.

1) Quality. The best eye supplements contain quality ingredients that have high bioavailability for easy absorption. Popular eye multivitamins include: ICaps (Alcon), Ocuvite PreserVision (Bausch + Lomb), Vision 360 (Stop Aging Now), and Eye & Body Complete (Biosyntrix). “We only offer and recommend well-known, quality brands to our patients,” says Dr. Shofner.

2) Freshness. Check for an expiration date to make sure the supplement is fresh and the seal has not been broken or tampered with.

3) Choose Capsules. Capsules are easily absorbed vs. hard tablets and tend to cause less stomach upset.

4) Avoid Fillers. Eye supplements containing dairy products, corn or wheat, could affect those sensitive or are allergic to those ingredients.

5) Follow Correct Dosage. To reduce the risk of toxicity or drug reactions, do not exceed the dosage instructions on the bottle.

6) Save with Multivitamins. Purchasing multivitamins rather than buying each vitamin and nutrient separately can cost less.

Vitamins That Support Vision Health

Most of these vitamins and nutrients listed below may play a key role in reducing inflammation and oxidative changes associated with the development of degenerative diseases, including chronic and age-related eye problems:

* Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is essential for night vision.

* Vitamin B complex (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 folic acid, biotin and choline). B complex vitamins may help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent elevated homocysteine levels in the blood, which have been associated with vascular problems affecting the retina. B vitamins also may play a role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration and in the treatment of uveitis.

* Vitamin C. Some studies have found vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is associated with reduced risk of cataracts.

* Vitamin D. Recent studies suggest vitamin D deficiency is prevalent, especially during winter months in cold climates. Research suggests vitamin D may decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration. View a research report on Vitamin D and AMD.

* Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been associated with reduced risk of cataracts.

* Bioflavonoids. Found in many fruits and vegetables, bioflavonoids appear to help the body absorb vitamin C for higher antioxidant efficiency.

* Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These carotenoids and macular pigments may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

* Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These essential nutrients may reduce the risk of dry eyes and may have other eye health benefits as well.

* Phytochemical antioxidants. Plant extracts, such as those from ginkgo biloba and bilberry, contain phytochemicals, which appear to provide protection from oxidative stress in the entire body, including the eyes.

Dr. Shofner suggests patients should consult with their eye doctor and primary care physician before taking supplements, especially for those that are pregnant, nursing or taking blood thinners (anti-coagulants).

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and Cataract Vision Correction Surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone seeking eye and vision supplements or experiencing vision impairment to contact their local ophthalmologist or contact Shofner Vision Center for a “No Fear – No Pressure” comprehensive eye exam.

Springtime Activities That Could Cause Irreversible Eye Damage

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eyeNearly one million Americans have lost some degree of eyesight due to an eye injury. Dr. Shofner shares five popular springtime activities that could harm your vision and valuable prevention tips.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN welcomes warmer temperatures and sunshine; however, it’s important to be aware of hazards related to spring that could cause irreversible eye damage. Experts say more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by simply taking a few precautions and wearing safety glasses. Dr. Shofner shares five popular activities and important tips to help prevent eye damage this season.

1) Yard Work. While using a lawn mower, leaf-blower, weed trimmer, chain saw, or any power tool, it’s imperative to wear protective eyewear. These protective glasses should have a snug, wrap-style frame to decrease the likelihood of small, airborne particles getting behind the lenses, which could cause an eye infection or corneal abrasion. Also, check the area for rocks and debris and remove them before mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. These objects can become dangerous projectiles when shot out from lawn mowers and weed trimmers.

2) General Maintenance. Never clamp any cable to the negative battery post of a disabled car. This greatly increases the likelihood of a battery fire or even an explosion. The acid in batteries is terrible for your car, and even worse for eyes. Store a pair of safety glasses or goggles along with jumper cables and always follow instructions carefully when jump-starting a dead battery.

It may not be well known, but bungee cords are a common cause of severe eye injuries. If pulled too tightly, the hook can break or disconnects from the cord. Sometimes, the hook isn’t placed properly and can come loose or slips. Then, the hook, the cord, and/or the fastener can move directly at an eye at up to 200 miles an hour. Dr. Shofner recommends always wear eye protection when using bungee cords when strapping or securing objects. “Consider using rope or other cords that you can tie,” says Dr. Shofner.

3) Cleaning. Tis’ the season to begin spring cleaning projects. Many household cleaners and pesticides can burn your eyes’ delicate tissues. Always wear eye protection, gloves, read instructions carefully, work in well-ventilated areas and make sure the nozzle is pointed away from the face. Some chemicals that make contact with the eye can cause irreversible eye damage; Dr. Shofner suggests using Eco-friendly cleaning and pesticide products that are safe for humans and animals.

4) Sports. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly a quarter of a million children are seen in the nation’s hospital emergency departments each year due to toy-related injuries. Nearly half of these injuries are to the head and face, and many are eye injuries. Children under age 5 sustain about 35 percent of toy-related injuries. Always wear appropriate eye protection when playing sports. Buy safe toys for kids, avoiding those with sharp edges.

5) At Leisure. Just because it’s not officially Summer, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can not be harmful. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygium and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss. Always wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent when outdoors for any amount of time. Dr. Shofner also suggests children wear protective sunglasses as well as a large brim hat while outdoors.

Note for those who wear corrective eyeglasses: hardware stores sell inexpensive goggles that will usually fit over glasses. A more comfortable option is to purchase a pair of customized safety eyewear with polycarbonate lenses from an eye care practitioner. Contact Shofner Vision Center about suggested protective eyewear.

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and cataract vision correction surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries and over 30,000 LASIK/PRK surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area.

After taking all the necessary precautions, accidents still may happen. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone who experiences any eye injury should see a doctor immediately and have a friend or loved one drive you to a nearby medical center. For patients who experience sudden vision changes, impaired vision or general eye concern contact Shofner Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam to determine appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Why Regular Eye Exams Can Help Prevent Serious Heart Events

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eyeDr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN explains why eye exams provide clues to heart and blood vessel health. “During a comprehensive eye exam, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists are able to identify heart related diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Heart Awareness Month is an appropriate time to learn more about how a comprehensive eye exam can help prevent serious heart events.

Eyes and Heart Connection

During a thorough eye examination; an eye doctor can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can also predict a more serious systemic disease including high blood pressure, stroke or heart failure. Using advanced digital retinal imaging, eye doctors can detect and monitor blood flow in the retina.

Affecting almost 65 million people, high blood pressure (hypertension) is known as a “silent” disease as many don’t experience any symptoms. During a comprehensive eye examination, an eye doctor will check for subtle changes in the retina resulting from high blood pressure, also known as hypertensive retinopathy. Changes may include narrowing of the small blood vessels in the retina, arteries pressing down on veins and flame-shaped haemorrhages, among other complications. If these changes are detected, it’s imperative that a patient contacts their primary care physician to receive appropriate and timely treatment.

Vision loss may occur when blood obstructs the retina, the eye is deprived of sufficient oxygen or the macula swells. Once the central retinal vein becomes blocked, significant vision loss may occur. Artery and blood vessel obstruction in the retina can be temporary or permanent and can also cause vision loss when a blockage disrupts blood flow in the eye. More specifically, Transient monocular vision loss (TMVL) is an important warning sign that should not be ignored because this complaint may predict risk for a major cardiovascular event.

Promoting Healthy Vision, Healthy Heart

Most everyone is aware that a healthy diet and lifestyle will improve one’s overall health. Researchers show that the following risk factors link heart health with vision health and they include: smoking, obesity and high cholesterol.

healthyheartExercising and eating a heart healthy diet rich in omega-3s, antioxidants and soluble fiber will help improve both heart and eye health. It’s recommended to consult with a primary care physician before beginning any exercise or diet program. Don’t forget to visit your eye doctor annually or as recommended by your eye care professional.

According to the Department of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tennessee. Together, heart disease and stroke account for 1 out of 3 deaths in Tennessee each year. “It is imperative to help raise Heart Health Awareness, as well as the importance of regular eye exams,” says Dr. Shofner. Eye exams not only help prevent vision loss but also potentially save lives.

About Dr. Shofner

Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center

Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.

Link Between Nutrition And Eye Health

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eyeTo Celebrate National Health & Vision Month, IALVS Doctors Expose Often ‘Unknown’ Link Between Nutrition & Eye Health.

International Academy of Low Vision Specialist Doctors from across the country are working diligently this month to educate Americans so they can eat right and protect their eyesight. It may sound like an unlikely link but, with forty-three million Americans suffering from Cataracts or Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there has never been a more vital time to highlight the common dietary errors that are huge contributors to vision loss and blindness.

While National Health & Vision Month brings with it an abundance of awareness and advice, Doctors of Optometry from The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are preaching from the rooftops about an epidemic that rarely gets airtime – the proven link between nutrition and eye health.

One in six Americans will suffer from Cataracts or Age-Rated Macular Degeneration (AMD) in their senior years and, as IALVS’ Doctor John Pino explains, it likely has a strong correlation to what they eat.

“Research indicates that there is a strong correlation between good nutrition and the prevention of these age-related eye diseases,” he explains. “Eating foods rich in key nutrients including the antioxidants Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and essential fatty acids (Omega 3), as well as vitamins C and E, and the mineral Zinc can help protect eye sight and vision.”

Dr. Richard Shuldiner, founder of IALVS adds, “The problem is that most people don’t get this education in their younger years, while they can still take preventative measures. This month we’re working tirelessly to make the link between nutrition and eye health known, so we can lower the statistics for future generations.”

Dr. Pino, Dr. Shuldiner and the rest of the IALVS member doctors have produced some handy ‘fast facts’ to assist all Americans with their dietary choices:

carrotsMany Americans (48%) still believe, incorrectly, that carrots are the best food for eye health.

In reality, spinach and other dark leafy greens with their large amounts of naturally occurring lutein and zeaxanthin are the healthiest foods for the eyes.

* In order to maintain healthy eyes, studies show that 10 mg of lutein should be consumed each day. The best way to achieve that is with one cup of cooked spinach four times a week.

* More than 50% of Americans do not take in the recommended dosage of vitamin C per day.

* One cup (8 fl oz) of orange juice per day contains 81.6 mg/serving of vitamin C, more than enough to help offset some eye diseases.

To learn more, contact the nearest IALVS doctor today by visiting http://www.ialvs.com or calling (888) 778-2030.

About IALVS:

The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS. The IALVS brings new hope and sight to those with macular degeneration and other vision limiting conditions. The IALVS can bring back the enjoyment of retirement.

If you are now having problems seeing and doing the things you enjoy, an IALVS eye doctor can help. If you have been told by your eye doctor that a change in your eyeglass prescription will not help you see any better, call an IALVS doctor who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference. When your doctor says, “Sorry, I cannot get you to see any better,” an IALVS doctor often says, “It may not be perfect, but it definitely is better!”

– Submitted by James Collins

Super Eye Health – Part 2

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By Benjamin Trahan

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

Spinach

greenlettuceIt is considered by many to be the king of the leafy greens. However, other greens, such as collard greens and kale are also good choices. They all contain high amounts of lutein, which is shown by studies to help reduce the chance of macular degeneration or cataracts. Many health specialists advise that people who are already suffering from eye diseases or have a history of it in their family should make sure that spinach is a big part of their daily diet.

Fish

Fish such as salmon, sardines and any other cold-water fish are believed to bestow their consumers with great eyesight benefits. They are full of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, which focuses on the retina and helps to stop plaque from forming in that area. In order for fish to work it’s magic on your eyes, it’s recommended you eat at least 16 ounces worth of fish weekly.

Blueberries

These fruits also help when it comes to protecting your eyes. They contain many antioxidants and are considered to be anti-inflammatory amongst other things. It’s believed that a regular intake of blueberries will improve your eyesight while strengthening the blood vessels located in the back of one’s eye. Finally, they contain anthocyanin, which helps to stop the arteries that feed oxygen to the retinas from becoming blocked.

While not a superfood, an article found on EyeCare20/20’s blog entitled “Could Drinking Green Tea Lead To Better Eye Health?” states that green tea may be just as beneficial to one’s eye health as superfoods. The article states that green tea contains large amounts of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and catechins, which are both antioxidant compounds. EGCG helps to protect the area of our eyes that is responsible for the transmission of image and non-image forming information. Catechin is also important because it helps to protect the fragile parts of the eye from diseases such as glaucoma.

Most people take pride in being healthy. They make sure they are up to date on vaccines, wash their hands obsessively, and more. However, most people seem to forget that their eyes are just as susceptible to disease as any other part of their body. While super foods have many benefits, they can’t cure everything. Yet, when food both tastes good and is full of health benefits such as improved eye health, who wouldn’t want to at least try encorporating those foods into their daily diet?

– Benjamin is an aspiring Journalist who spends most of his days researching & writing about a variety of topics like eyecare and health. He works closely with EyeCare20/20 to keep his information up to date and accurate. Benjamin currently resides in Virginia where he recently graduated from Old Dominion University with a major in English. You can contact him with any questions at benjamin@marketingzen.com.

Super Eye Health – Part 1

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By Benjamin Trahan

eyeThe world has to be seen to be believed. Yet, to truly appreciate the beautiful sights that the world has to offer one must take good care of their eyes. Eyes, just like any other part of the body, need to be taken care of. If not properly taken care of, you run the risk of infection or decreased eyesight. Some ways to prevent this, such as trying not to touch your eyes, seem obvious. However, did you know that eating certain super foods can also help your eyesight?

The definition of what a super food is varies depending upon whom you ask. Yet, most super foods are qualified by a few key characteristics, according to the article “What’s So Super About Superfoods?” featured in A Woman’s Health:

• They are full of nutrients that are very important to one’s physical health and their well-being. These nutrients include antioxidants, minerals, and more.

• They are low in calories or harmful substances such as trans-fats.

• Super foods are known for the many benefits they bring to those who eat them.
These benefits vary from person to person but in general super foods are believed to help combat disease and improve one’s health. According to most dieticians, many fruits and vegetables are good examples of super foods.

However, each super food has certain unique benefits that are believed to be brought about by eating it. Some are said to help decrease the risk of certain illnesses. However, a few super foods actually have a surprising quality: they can help to protect and even strengthen one’s eyesight. Certain super foods contain antioxidants and nutrients that are believed to help protect their consumers against eye problems such as cataracts and glaucoma. According to an article called “10 Super Foods to Protect Vision” by Jennifer Nelson, the following super foods can help with one’s vision:

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Benjamin is an aspiring Journalist who spends most of his days researching & writing about a variety of topics like eyecare and health. He works closely with EyeCare20/20 to keep his information up to date and accurate. Benjamin currently resides in Virginia where he recently graduated from Old Dominion University with a major in English. You can contact him with any questions at benjamin@marketingzen.com.

How Nutrition Can Help Protect Your Eye Health

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By Dennis Gierhart, PhD

eyeFebruary was Low Vision Awareness Month, and according to the National Eye Institute, more than two million Americans over age 50 suffer significant vision loss from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The disease is caused by the breakdown of the macula, the part of your eye that is responsible for central and detailed vision. While the disease can cause irreversible blindness, you can take steps to address the disease’s major risk factors.

Making sure your eyes are getting the nutrients they need is one of the most important ways to maintain your vision. There are two critical nutrients your eyes need to support a healthy macula: zeaxanthin (zee-uh-zan\’-thin) and lutein. While Lutein is fairly common in the diet, zeaxanthin is extremely scarce – to put it in perspective, you would need to eat 20 ears of corn daily to get the amount of zeaxanthin associated with healthy vision. Research shows, however, that supplements high in zeaxanthin can help bridge the nutrition gap and improve vision quality. Adding zeaxanthin to the diet is scientifically proven to not only help people take a proactive approach to AMD but also reduce glare, increase contrast, enhance color saturation, improve light sensitivity and improve responsiveness to changes in levels of light.

Keeping an eye on your ocular health is important, so please consider taking a moment each February to check in with your local optometrist to learn more about preserving your vision quality.

– Dr. Gierhart is the co-founder and CEO of ZeaVision, which produces EyePromise nutraceuticals. With more than 20 years of research, Dr. Gierhart pioneered the use of zeaxanthin to promote eye health. Since that time he has maintained a dedication to product quality by using only the highest-quality, natural ingredients, leading ZeaVision to become one of the leading companies in ocular nutrition. With more than 40-million doses consumed the EyePromise line of patented nutraceuticals contain the highest levels of dietary zeaxanthin available and all are backed by the unconditional 60-day, money-back guarantee. Learn more at eyepromise.com.