In previous blogs about diet and eye health, we discussed the important connection between nutrition and vision. In industrialized countries, deficient intake of fruits and vegetables that supply the macular carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin leads to light sensitivity, glare, and suboptimal vision. In this article, we will explore another vital role played by this unique trio of nutrients in reducing the risk of irreversible, central blindness from an eye disease known as Macular Degeneration.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Health experts often tout the positive effects of exercise: reduced blood pressure, reduced cardiovascular risk, improved metabolism and insulin resistance, strengthened muscles and bones, to name a few. But did you know that the benefits of exercise extend to the eyes? Here we’ll discuss just how exercise exerts its beneficial effects on the eyes, and review the literature on those benefits in the most common eye diseases.
A person with diabetes will experience high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). The glucose from the food we eat needs to be transferred from the bloodstream into the cells to provide energy. A hormone called insulin usually assists this transfer. A diabetic person either produces none or not enough of this crucial hormone — and hyperglycemia can occur.
There are complications to having high blood sugar levels, and it can affect many body functions. One function that can be particularly affected is your vision. This blog will go over some of the eye diseases associated with diabetes — the causes, symptoms, and some common treatments.
When Allison Jarstad, DO ophthalmologist, saw the recent ad by scrubs company FIGS essentially disparage female DOs as less-than their MD counterparts, she was disappointed.
“It’s unbelievable that the ad even made it to publication,” Dr. Jarstad said. “I just don’t see how that concept and idea made it to production without anyone ever raising their hand and questioning, ‘maybe this isn’t a good idea?’”
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Did you know eye diseases often have no early symptoms, but can be detected through proper testing? Though vision loss isn’t a normal part of aging, as you get older, you are at higher risk of developing issues. This can include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, and other diseases.
Here are a few age-related eye issues that the National Eye Institute says may crop up for older patients, and some warning signs.
Our last article dealt with the potentially devastating visual and overall health effects of vitamin A deficiency, something not common in the industrialized world. Yet, there are other unmet nutritional needs in developed countries that may affect both general health and visual function.
How much do you know about braille? This fascinating system is more complex and interesting than you probably thought! With Oct. 7-14 being National Braille Week, read on to learn all about some common misconceptions and other fun facts about braille — plus a potentially easy-to-learn alternative called ELIA!
Too often, busy Americans fail to consider how their lifestyle choices — including the foods they eat and the supplements they take — may affect their ability to see. This begs the question: Is vision really affected by what I eat, so that my eyesight suffers if I live mainly on fast food and quick snacks?
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The terms may not seem very different — pharmacist and pharmacologist — but there are a number of key differentiators between the two professions. Understanding these differences may help you achieve your eyecare goals, by knowing who to go to for your eyedrops, and who to ask about the science behind those eyedrops.
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A recent study in Ophthalmology revealed a disturbing trend regarding insurance coverage and disparities in glaucoma care, one of the diseases that should indeed trigger health insurance benefits. According to the study, the odds of white Medicaid members having no glaucoma test were found to be nearly 200 percent higher than those with their own private insurance. For Black Medicaid members that number balloons to almost 300 percent versus those with other insurance.