Is Smoking Making you Blind?

Is it possible smokers delay quitting because the damage to their arteries, lungs and heart is not readily visible? Perhaps seeing (or more accurately, not seeing) the detrimental effects of smoking would make more people quit smoking sooner. If you need visible (or rather not visible…as in blinding) proof smoking has appalling effects on your health, you don’t need to go further than your eyes. As with the rest of your body, smoking has an appalling effect on your vision. If you smoke and need a few more reasons still to quit smoking, here are 5 reasons: Smokers have double the chances of getting cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens, and have triple the chances of developing macular degeneration, a blind spot in the center of our vision. The more you smoke, the greater your chances of forming cataracts … Read More

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun!

We’ve been hearing it loud and clear – Protect Your Eyes from the Sun! Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection or a UV400 rating, protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays!  UV light damage has been linked to eye cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, eye-blindness and other eye-health issues. Also, sunglasses help reduce the onset of some fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.  Your eye-health and wrinkle-prevention alone should be enough reasons to compel you to wear sunglasses every time you go outdoors. But if you need more reasons, read on. Wearing sunglasses is not just good for your eye health it is a fun and fabulous fashion and personality statement. Sunglasses, particularly fits overs and clip-ons, have been the unsung fashion heroes until recently.  Sunglasses, including many of the new fit overs and clip ons, add pop to your personality … Read More

10 Things You Can Do Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

We’ve all heard it –Live in the present. There is a great deal of focus these days on living in the moment and living for today.  And while that might be a wonderful piece of wisdom, you can actually do something today that will also benefit you in the future. Whether it be acquiring skills to qualify for a better job, saving money for a rainy day or retirement or quitting smoking, having an eye on the future is not a bad thing. Whether you are 20 or 60 or 80, there is always something you can do today that will benefit you in the future. Exercise for 30 minutes a day (at least). You don’t have 30 minutes? How about three 10-minute chunks? We all have 10 minutes here and there. Go for a walk, jump rope, swim, garden, … Read More

Low Vision Aids – Low Vision Products -Solar Shield -Amber Fits over Sunglasses help Improve Low Vision

Low vision is described as having partial vision, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision and even blindness. Low vision makes daily life difficult and can interfere with reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces and cannot be corrected through surgery, medication, glasses or contact lenses. Low vision can manifest in many forms: Central vision allows us to look directly at something and distinguish sharp detail.  Macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic retinopathy can affect central vision. Peripheral vision enables us to see everything surrounding the focal point. Glaucoma and strokes affect peripheral vision. Contrast sensitivity is the ability to distinguish between objects of similar tones such as facial features. Most eye problems can affect contrast sensitivity. Depth perception permits us to judge the position of objects in relation to one another. Poor depth perception … Read More

7 Foods and Vitamins for Healthy Eyes

There are many over-the-counter eye supplements that claim to prevent eye diseases. And while their claims might not have been fully corroborated, there is no arguing that eating a well-balanced, fresh and nutritious, whole-food diet will benefit your overall health, including your eyes. There are studies, however, that do show positive effects of particular vitamins and antioxidants on eye health. The antioxidant vitamins C, E, beta carotene and zinc have been proven to reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration by about 25%, according to the National Eye Institute’s original Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). Julie Mares, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, says data suggests Lutein and zeaxanthin could help vision improve in the younger population. This may be due to carotenoids which absorb blue light, which is especially … Read More

What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist and an Optician?

An ophthalmologist is a doctor who has completed college and has at least eight years of additional medical training. He is an M.D. with experience or specializes in eye problems and is trained to perform eye surgeries. An optometrist is trained to help improve patient’s vision by prescribing eyeglasses or contacts. They are also able to diagnose and treat some eye diseases. Optometrists are health care professionals who provide vision care such as sight testing and correction. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. An optician is a specialized … Read More

Top Outdoor Winter activities for People over 50

Travel Not surprising, travelling in winter is one of the top outdoor activities for seniors. Seniors have the time and oftentimes the money, to travel which is why pre-arranged tours and cruises to popular destinations in Asia, Europe and Latin America are so popular among people over 50.  There is also a new trend is for “experience” travel  focused on senior citizens, such as safaris in Africa, camel riding in Mongolia and snorkeling in the Caribbean.   T’ai chi T’ai chi’s focuses on balance both of the mind and the body. It is for that reason that T’ai Chi has become very popular with senior citizens, as it stimulates blood flow, concentration and flexibility. It can also help alleviate stress and develop a deeper sense of self-identity and spirituality. You will find T’ai Chi is best enjoyed outdoors in the … Read More

Fall Eye-Loving Foods

Eyes rely on tiny arteries for essential oxygen and nutrients, so it is important to eat a diet low in fat and nutrient rich. The good news is that many of the foods we love to enjoy in fall are also some of the most beneficial foods for your eyes. Granted, maybe not in the way we prefer to eat them, as in a pie, muffin or casserole.   One cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin has more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which supports vision, mainly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Vitamin A in pumpkins can also help protect eyes from developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids which the body transforms into a form of vitamin A for additional eye- protection.   Apples can … Read More

LASIK, light sensitivity and Solar Comfort Sunglasses /Sensitive Eyes After Lasik

  LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a type of eye surgery performed to correct vision, mainly nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatism. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that the light that travels through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. • Around 96% of patients will have near perfect vision after LASIK. • LASIK is virtually painless. • There is no need for anesthesia. • Only numbing eye drops are used. • Vision is corrected practically immediately. • No bandages or stitches are required after LASIK. • It literally takes seconds to perform the procedure. • Adjustments can be made years after LASIK to further correct vision if vision changes while you age.   After LASIK your eyes will be getting adjusted to the … Read More

UV (Ultraviolet) Light and Eye-Health

Nearly 22 million Americans over 40 have cataracts. Over 2.3 million Americans over 40 are affected by glaucoma. More than 2 million Americans have macular degeneration. Long term exposure to UV rays – natural from the sun or artificial from tanning beds and other sources, causes damage to your eyes. The damage can range from snow blindness (Photokeratitis) to eye cancer. UV light exposure has a cumulative effect on the eyes. Damage to your eyes today, leads to eye-health problems tomorrow. UVA light can penetrate deeper into the eye and skin than UVA rays. UVA can affect your central vision and damage the macula (part of the retina in the back of the eye). Everyone is at risk of eye damage from UV light Look for sunglasses that are Polarized which means they block glare Wear sunglasses even on overcast … Read More