Which Parts of the Eyes Are Associated with Which Eye Diseases?

eye anatomyThe eyes are small, but they have many parts including the eyelids, sclera, cornea, lens, optic nerve and retina. We depend heavily on our vision. When something goes wrong, the eyes are disproportionately affected. For example, a senior at risk of heart disease is also at risk of an ocular arterial or vein occlusion. Also, the macula requires a yellow-colored nutrient (lutein and zeaxanthin) found in certain vegetables. And antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables have been shown to reduce oxidative eye damage and disease. Continue reading “Which Parts of the Eyes Are Associated with Which Eye Diseases?”

Astaxanthin for Wrinkles and the Eyes

wrinkles and astaxanthinThe main indicator of age at first glance is facial wrinkles. Seniors who wish to maintain a youthful appearance are tempted to purchase wrinkle creams and supplements. Before buying, consumers should look at objective research. One supplement called astaxanthin has been shown in small studies to reduce wrinkling and enhance the skin. Astaxanthin is also excellent for the eyes. What is Astaxanthin made from? What are the benefits to the eyes and skin? Continue reading “Astaxanthin for Wrinkles and the Eyes”

Gut Health: How to Increase Bifidobacteria

bifidobacteriaYour doctor may have mentioned that gut health affects mood, cholesterol levels, immunity and cardiovascular health. Reducing sugar intake and increasing fiber is good advice. However, new research has found that a specific gut microorganism has a strong influence on gut health. Unfortunately, the champion bifidobacteria declines significantly with age. Scientists have found an antidote: a probiotic called xylooligosaccharides (XOS). Taking very small doses of XOS increased bifidobacteria populations in the gut. Continue reading “Gut Health: How to Increase Bifidobacteria”

Spring Allergies, Hay Fever and the Eyes

red eyes allergiesRed, itchy, watery eyes are common in the spring, when allergies and hay fever strike. Why are the eyes affected? What can you do about the effects of allergies on the eyes in the spring?

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an immune system response to pollen or dust in the air. The molecules enter through the eyes and nose. In people with hay fever, their immune system treats these particles Continue reading “Spring Allergies, Hay Fever and the Eyes”

How to Increase Astaxanthin Absorption for Vision Support

raw salmon with astaxanthinAstaxanthin is a superfood for the eyes, but our absorption rates are low. Only about half of the astaxanthin we ingest is usable by the body.1 Astaxanthin is prized for easily crossing the blood/eye barrier and providing antioxidants to the eyes. These free radical fighters help prevent and support a wide variety of age-related eye diseases. A supplement company has added harmless emulsifiers called “phospholipids” to astaxanthin to increase absorption.

What is Astaxanthin?

Many have not heard of astaxanthin. The human body Continue reading “How to Increase Astaxanthin Absorption for Vision Support”

Green Tea, Antioxidants, and the Eyes: A Guide by Natural Eye Care

green teaA large body of research shows green tea is a “super-antioxidant” that benefits the entire body, including the eyes. Eyes are highly vulnerable to oxidative stress, so any antioxidant could have ocular benefits. However, green tea contains polyphenols, potent antioxidants that also reduce inflammation. Catechins in green tea are highly absorbable by eye tissues, unlike many other antioxidants. What does the research into green tea and vision show? How much green tea do you need to get these benefits? If you do not like tea, is there an alternative? Continue reading “Green Tea, Antioxidants, and the Eyes: A Guide by Natural Eye Care”

Nanoparticle Eye Drops for Myopia and Hyperopia?

nanoparticle eye dropsIsraeli ophthalmologists are researching nanoparticle eye drops to treat near-sightedness (myopia) and far-sightedness (hyperopia). Scientists at Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University are working on a three-step process to correct the cornea. The treatment needs to be repeated every month or two. However, patients should be able to receive the treatment at home using a smartphone. Therefore, the treatment could be widely available and convenient. Continue reading “Nanoparticle Eye Drops for Myopia and Hyperopia?”

Corneal Abrasions on the Eye: A Guide by Natural Eye Care

corneal abrasions scratchCorneal abrasions are scratches on the outermost part of the eye. Sometimes a painful injury is the clear cause. Other times, symptoms can build slowly over a few hours. A corneal abrasion causes so much discomfort that sufferers should seek medical care quickly. The scratch can become infected and cause serious damage in as little as 24 hours. Therefore, recognizing a corneal abrasion could save your sight.

The cornea has 6 layers, and it is very sensitive. It helps the body regulate tear production. The cornea sends signals to the brain to direct it to tell the lacrimal glands whether more or less tears are needed every moment.

Symptoms of Corneal Abrasions

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What is Dr. Grossman’s Advanced Eye & Vision Support Formula?

eye vitaminsEye vitamins are crucial to vision health. In fact, the eye is the most vitamin-hungry organ in the body proportional to its size. It is the second most physiologically active part of our body only second to our brain. We believe the eyes require approximately 25% of the nutrients taken into the body to maintain full health. Any less may eventually result in eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

Many seniors suffer from these eye diseases. A lifetime of eye stressors, including excessive sunlight and poor diet, catches up with seniors. They also have less efficient digestion, poorer circulation and may have risk factors such as diabetes, long-term smoking, and lack of exercise. Dr. Grossman, a New York-based Continue reading “What is Dr. Grossman’s Advanced Eye & Vision Support Formula?”

Protective Eyewear for Sports: Prevent Eye Injuries

protective sport eyewearAlmost everyone who plays sports is at risk of eye injury. From a flying puck in hockey to an eye poke in wrestling, all types of sports can result in eye injuries. Even the mild game of golf has a hidden hazard: the sun. Protective eyewear prevents most types of eye injury. Continue reading “Protective Eyewear for Sports: Prevent Eye Injuries”