The Magic and Miracle of Service Dogs

Dogs have a huge and meaningful impact in the lives of humans. Dogs are always glad to see us which makes us feel good, wanted and needed. They encourage us to go outside and exercise by bringing us their leash or begging us to play with them.  They nuzzle up against us when we’re feeling blue, and petting them keeps us calm and relaxed.  Amazingly, dogs are not just wonderful as pets and friends –they are also good for our health.  People with physical limitations and diseases in hospitals and homes all over the world; depend on service and therapy dogs for their health and well-being. Dogs have been trained to help out people living with visual, hearing or physical impairments as well as autism, diabetes and neurological disorders like PTSD.     Dogs’ unconditional love, eagerness to please, happy … Read More

Your Eyes Speak Volumes – Why Visiting your Eye Doctor could save your Life!

You could imagine a visit to the eye doctor improving your vision but you probably never pictured it could save your life. Well, it can! Your eyes hold amazing cues to your overall health which your eye doctor can easily see and interpret. These cues can be a tell-tale of hypertension, high cholesterol, melanoma or high blood sugar. Your eye doctor could detect a serious health problem such as high cholesterol if he notices yellowish plaques within the retinal blood vessels or he could suspect high blood pressure if your eyes arteries are showing  a silver or copper coloring. If not caught early, blood vessels in the retina and throughout the body may harden, increasing your risk for heart attack or stroke. Leaky blood vessels might be a sign of diabetes. High blood sugar can clog and damage retinal blood … Read More

3 Awesome Things to Try in 2016 – That are really good for you!

  Boba Tea There’s a big drink craze going on – Boba Tea! And you should definitely try it. Boba Tea has been very popular in the Asian communities for many years and it has finally made its way west. It is made with milk, flavored tea and tapioca pearls.  Boba Tea is a feast for the senses. For your eyes, there’s a nice mixture of colors and shapes: milky pastel colored liquid with black tapioca pearls at the bottom of the glass.  For your taste buds: The yummy sweetness of tea and creamy milk with fun and surprising gummy tapioca pearls. And for your sense of smell: a sweet almost floral aroma.  Heavenly! TSA Pre-Check With a TSA Pre Check status you get a few perks as a traveler. You get to go through a shorter security line and … Read More

Snow Blindness Prevention

Many people will be heading to the mountains this winter to enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, sledding, skiing and cross country skiing and other outdoor activities and without proper eye protection, they could be at danger of experiencing snow blindness. Just like a skin sun burn, snow blindness may not be noticed for several hours after sun exposure so it is extremely important to protect your eyes when outdoors in the snow or high altitudes. Snow blindness is caused by overexposure to the sun’s rays in snow covered terrain. Snow blindness is literally sunburn of the eyes.  It is painful and dangerous Snow Blindness Symptoms Snow blindness may indeed be as bad as its name implies and lead to temporary and even permanent loss of eyesight, but symptoms may include tearing or watering of the eyes, bloodshot eyes, twitching of the … Read More

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery for a younger appearance and better vision Dropping upper eyelids and baggy lower eyelids make people look old and tired but they can also impede normal vision. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is becoming one of the most popular elective surgical procedures among the over 40 year olds. Eyelid surgery can make you look younger, more alert and more vibrant. Eyelid Surgery Cost Eyelid surgery can be performed using local or general anesthesia, it typically takes 2-3 hours, requires about a week of recovery time. a cosmetic procedure. It can also be performed for medical reasons. Sagging eyelids may significantly impair vision, make it more difficult to wear eyeglasses or contacts, cause dry eye or cause irritation from skin folds. In these cases, blepharoplasty could be covered by your insurance. However, eyelid surgery is not just a cosmetic procedure. It … Read More

Fabulous and Easy Recipes for Healthy Eyes

What you eat is what you are. Want healthy eyes? Try these eye-healthy recipes. A serving of this recipe contains a balance of eye nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta- carotene and/or zinc. Stuffed Orange Peppers Ingredients 8-10 orange peppers 2 tbsp canola or olive oil 1 package ground turkey or extra lean ground beef (500g) 2 carrots, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped ½ onion, chopped 100 g frozen chopped spinach (8 nuggets) (1/2 cup) 2-3 cloves garlic 2 tsp Italian seasoning 2 tsp sage 2 cups cooked barley (just over ½ cup raw barley) 2 omega-3 eggs 1 litre tomato sauce 1 1/2 cups chicken stock Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Barley Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add barley. Bring water back … Read More

Which are the Best Clipon sunglasses?

Solar Shield clipon sunglasses are a great value any way you look at it. For about $15 you can basically convert your eyeglasses into prescription sunglasses! Think about it, what can you buy for $15? A mug? An oven mitt? A key chain?  Many folks are willing to dish out $200-400 on a pair of prescription sunglasses that they could leave behind at a restaurant, scratch or discard the following year when their prescription changes. Crazy! Solar Shield clipons are available in a myriad of shapes and sizes to fit just about any eyeglasses or reading glasses. Even the new Wayfarers and cat eye shapes! Solar Shield Clipon sunglasses are my favorite form of sun protection because: At around $14-16 you get superior & customized sun protection Polarized lenses means annoying and blinding glare are eliminated –gone. 100% UVA/UVB protection (UV400) … Read More

Why can’t I read my cell phone with my polarized sunglasses?

If you love being outdoors you should know wearing polarized 100%UVA/UVB blocking sunglasses is the smart thing to do. Lens filters on sunglasses that block 100% of UVA & UVB rays will save your eyes from glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration-causing UV rays. The Polarization filter, on the other hand, will protect your eyes from painful and blinding glare.  However, you might have noticed your cell phone, iPad, Kindle or tablet screen is difficult to see when you are wearing polarized sunglasses. If your sunglasses are polarized (and they should be, for maximum eye protection), your screen might look very dark or completely black when you look at it. Why does this happen?  Most phones have a polarizing filter that helps to cut glare and reflections, ironically to make it easier to see in bright sunlight. The problem is, so … Read More

How the right sunglasses can help you look younger!

  There are telltale signs of ageing that manifest all around our face which, unfortunately, is the first thing people notice about us. It is hard to make eye contact and not notice someone’s face and specifically their eyes, hair and neck.  The age trifecta -our hair, eyes and neck are the three places that betray our age. Gray hair, wrinkles around the eyes and sagging neck skin age people instantly.  A study found 77% and 79% of people consider gray hair and wrinkles respectively  as two of the top three signs of ageing.1 Men and women can look fabulous with gray hair, but the minute your gray starts showing, people inevitably think –old! Many believe nothing ages a woman faster than silvery roots. Dyeing your hair is an easy fix. It doesn’t hurt to also keep hair healthy and … Read More

Eye Fatigue Symptoms | Eye Strain Symptoms

  Here are some simple tips you can use to reduce computer eye strain symptoms, eye fatigue and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Tips to Prevent and Reduce Eye Fatigue & Eye Strain Most of us use computers at work and/or at home so it is no surprise eye strain and eye fatigue are so common.  Studies show that eye strain occurs in 50 to 90 percent of computer users. Eye fatigue and strain can range from physical fatigue, headaches, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, eye twitching, blurred vision, dry eyes and red eyes. Here are some simple tips you can use to reduce computer eye strain symptoms, eye fatigue and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Adjust your Computer Screen Place the computer screen 20-26 inches away from your eyes and at eye … Read More