New Israeli Inventions: Online Retinal Test and Implantable Miniature Telescope

Several new vision inventions are coming out of Israel. An innovative retinal diagnostic test can be completed entirely online. Also, an implantable miniature telescope restores vision to those with partial retinal damage. This technology is available in the United States today or within the next year. Continue reading “New Israeli Inventions: Online Retinal Test and Implantable Miniature Telescope”

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

vitamin d moleculeLack 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 body manufactures Vitamin D, so why is deficiency wide spread? Indoor living, aging, and many other factors are behind this virtual pandemic. How can you measure your vitamin D levels? How can you get enough? Isn’t fortified milk enough? Should you take a supplement? Which one? Continue reading “Vitamin D and the Eye: Uveitis, Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eye”

Teen Myopia Increase Blamed on Electronics and Screens

teen myopia electronics screenSmartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions are being blamed for a sharp increase in teenagers’ need for eyeglasses in the United Kingdom. The number of teens who need glasses nearly doubled, from 20% in 2012 to 35% in just four years later.1 Myopia was the diagnosis for 66% of these teens. Myopia, or nearsightedness, makes distant objects look blurry. Excessive up-close focusing is a risk factor for developing myopia. Continue reading “Teen Myopia Increase Blamed on Electronics and Screens”

Ginkgo, Garlic, and Ginseng Research on Eye Health and Dementia

garlic ginseng ginkgoThree time-tested supplements stand out as champions for eye and brain health: garlic, ginseng, and ginkgo. Research on these supplements backs up why they have been used for thousands of years. Garlic plays an important role in all three major traditional medicines–Traditional European Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ginseng and ginkgo are crucial herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Do these supplements work? Are they beneficial for aging brains and eyes? What does the research show? Continue reading “Ginkgo, Garlic, and Ginseng Research on Eye Health and Dementia”

Cataracts – what’s new?

cataract surgeonCataracts can not only be prevented, but can even be reversed through nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle changes. Read what folks who’ve tried these methods say about products that help cataracts and learn about products to support lens health.

Cataracts was once considered an inevitability for seniors. In the United States, only 10% of 55-year-olds have experienced cataracts. However, half of 75-year-olds have developed cataracts and at age 85, the number is 70%.1 Continue reading “Cataracts – what’s new?”

Macular Degeneration Glasses May Restore Vision: Pixium Vision’s Bionic PRIMA System Sees Improvements

pixium implant glasses for better visionPeople with vision loss due to retinal disease may be able to use a bionic  system to improve sight in the near future. Pixium Vision is running a feasibility study on is PRIMA System, and they got better-than-expected results. The study is on patients with dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Currently, medical science cannot restore vision in those with retinal dystrophies. The PRIMA System may lead to vision restoration for patients with Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other retinal diseases. Continue reading “Macular Degeneration Glasses May Restore Vision: Pixium Vision’s Bionic PRIMA System Sees Improvements”

Why Astaxanthin Helps Prevent Sun Damage

Astaxanthin protects from sun damageAstaxanthin is a potent antioxidant that helps prevent sun damage to the body by blocking free radical damage. This bright red molecule forms in certain algae, pink seafood, and yeast. Unlike beta-carotene, this carotenoid crosses the blood-brain barrier to help maintain healthy brain function. Astaxanthin helps the brain by promoting neurogenesis, the generation of new brain neurons. This nutrient also supports existing neurons by reducing oxidative stress. Scientists have found that astaxanthin can protect against cumulative sun damage to the eye. This nutrient may help reduce the risk of eye disease such as macular degeneration. It may also protect against cataracts and vision loss from glaucoma. In addition, related carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin block blue light and work synergistically with astaxanthin. Continue reading “Why Astaxanthin Helps Prevent Sun Damage”

The Paleo Diet and Eye Health

Thpaleo diet foodse Paleo Diet or “Caveman Diet” is trendy, but what effect could it have on the eyes? The idea is to eat like hunter-gatherers in the Stone Age. These early humans had no agriculture–and no processed foods. Nearly devoid of grains and dairy products, this diet focuses on meat, fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. Continue reading “The Paleo Diet and Eye Health”

Longer Allergy Season Will Impact Eye Health

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Do your seasonal allergies affect your eyes?  You probably will not be happy to hear that a study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences projected that the allergy season will be longer in the upper latitudes of North America. Climate change has led to longer warm seasons. Warmer temperatures and extra humidity mean more pollen in the air. Controlling hay fever is more important than ever. Continue reading “Longer Allergy Season Will Impact Eye Health”

Brain Boosters for Seniors: Prevent or Support Alzheimer’s and Dementia

senior with brain dementiaAs we age, how can we prevent or support dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other age-related brain diseases? Looking at the scientific research, much emphasis is on curing neurological disease after it is well-established. Reacting to a crisis is logical, though, after many years of research and money spent, there is still no cure. However, preventing a crisis is even better. Why wait for possible brain deterioration to affect your quality-of-life? Continue reading “Brain Boosters for Seniors: Prevent or Support Alzheimer’s and Dementia”