Foods That Can Help Protect and Improve Your Eyesight

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Story at-a-glance 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness among the elderly, followed by cataracts

The pathology of both of these conditions has been attributed to free radical damage, and the condition is in many cases largely preventable through an antioxidant-rich diet Continue reading

Believe Your Way to Better Vision

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Remember seven or eight years ago when the power of positive energy was all the rage? Led by books like The Secret, the philosophy preached that if you want something and visualize having it, it will eventually be yours. If you dispensed positive energy upon the universe, it would get back to you in some way, shape, or form. Continue reading

How One Drink Could Protect Your Eyesight

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The association between vision and diabetes is not too well-known, but it’s definitely one to be aware of. Diabetes is a disease primarily caused by insulin resistance, of course, but along with blood sugar problems, diabetes can also affect the retinas of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, as the condition is called, is the most common reason for blindness in American adults. Continue reading

New Study Reveals Blindness Will Affect Millions…Permanent Blindness An Epidemic!

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Few people realize that macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness for men and women aged 55 and over. It affects more than 10 million people in the U.S. alone — and millions more all over the world.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition which causes light-sensitive cells in Continue reading

Bionic Eye Implants now Allow Blind People to Read

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Researchers have made a breakthrough in restoring the ability to read for blind people with the speed they were formerly accustomed to, by using a “bionic eye” implant to transmit Braille patterns directly on to patients’ retinas.

The successful trial was carried out using a device called Argus II, which allows patients suffering from Continue reading

Pinhole Glasses Instantly Transform Blurred Vision into Clear Vision for Astonished Wearers

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You’re probably familiar with all sorts of mythologies promoted as “truisms” in modern medicine: Flu vaccines prevent the flu (they actually don’t), CT scans are harmless (they aren’t), chemotherapy works to save lives from cancer (it actually causes cancer), and so on. There are all sorts of falsehoods in dentistry, too: Mercury fillings are safe for you! (They aren’t.) Gum health Continue reading

Seven Ways to Use Honey for Whatever Ails You

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Lots of us may like to use a little honey as a sweetener for our morning coffee, toast or tea, but there are several uses for this tasty little treat – in its pure, raw, non-pasteurized form, it can do more than just bring a smile to our face.

Manuka honey as the new ‘superfood.’ What is Manuka honey, Continue reading

Breakthrough in the World of Vision Health

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of age-related blindness. What used to be health secrets aren’t so secretive any more: natural medicine offers valuable protection against AMD. Now, for the time ever, researchers report that an oral nutraceutical may Continue reading

How Blind Can ‘Read’ Shown in Hebrew University Research

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A method developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for training blind persons to “see” through the use of a sensory substitution device (SSD) has enabled those using the system to actually “read” an eye chart with letter sizes smaller than those used in determining the international standard for blindness.

The eight congenitally blind participants in the Hebrew University test group passed the conventional eye-exam of the Snellen acuity test, Continue reading

Maintain Eye Health by Balancing Your Omegas

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When it comes to maintaining good health, people differ on what to focus on. Some concentrate on keeping a healthy body weight. For others, good digestion is a priority. Or, it could be that mental health becomes a focal point. Despite these different priorities, just about everyone agrees that maintaining good eyesight is very important. Being able to see clearly is a tremendous gift that we should all invest a little time and effort into protecting. Continue reading

Report Shows Risk of Blindness halved over last Decade

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Opthalmology

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. A report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark published today shows the number of new cases of blindness and severe visual loss in Denmark has been halved during the last ten years. Continue reading

The Benefits of Sea Salts

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Believe it or not, salt is good for your health! But why do we often hear our doctors advise us to stay away from salt or salt-treated foods? Yet we need salt to balance our diet. So are all salts the same? What really makes sea salt different from a regular salt? Let us take a closer look on the big difference between regular table salt and sea salt.

Our old table salt is highly refined, going through a process that removes the magnesium and trace minerals. Various additives are added, like aluminum compound to keep it dry. The natural iodine is destroyed during its refining process and only added back in the form of potassium iodide. As for sea salt, it is naturally dried under the heat of the sun. Therefore retains its natural iodine from the sea. It also means there is still large mineral content. With sea salt you don’t need to use too much of it since it has much stronger flavor than table salt.

According to Ayurveda doctors, sea salts are the most beneficial forms of salt because they don’t increase the sodium content of blood,  Continue reading

Improve your Eyesight with these Helpful Tips

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May is Healthy Vision Month, established by the National Eye Institute to boost awareness about eye health and undetected vision problems. Follow these tips to sharpen your own vision so you can see your way to a future of longevity.

1. Eat for bright eyesight

Protect your peepers with a vision-ary diet! Our eyes require multiple nutrients to function optimally. Start with these:

• Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. Continue reading

Lazy Eye Appears To Respond Well To Acupuncture in Many Cases

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Acupuncture may eventually become another optional treatment apart from patching for lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, especially among older children who have a poorer response to patching, say researchers from China in Archives of Ophthalmology. Approximately 0.3 to 5% of people globally are affected by lazy eye, the authors report as background information.

Lazy eye is a condition that appears during early childhood – the eyesight in one of the eyes does not develop as it should. In the majority of cases only one eye is affected. When a child has amblyopia their brain focuses on one eye much more than the other; in fact, the lazy eye may be ignored altogether. Lack of stimulation of that eye may result in the visual brain cells not maturing normally. Amblyopia is the most common cause of monocular blindness (partial or total blindness in one eye) in the USA.

Between one-third and a half of all lazy eye cases are caused by variations in the degree of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) between the two eyes (anisometropia). These variations are more effectively corrected with glasses or contact lenses when a child is aged up to seven years. Unfortunately, when the child is older, for example from 7 to 12, visual correction alone is only effective in about 30% of cases.

The addition of patching one eye – known as occlusion therapy – can improve children’s response rates considerably as long as they comply with the doctors instructions. Patching the eye brings with it emotional problems, and also a risk of reverse amblyopia.

Jianhao Zhao, M.D., of Joint Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University and Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shantou, China, wanted to see how effective acupuncture was compared to patching for the treatment of lazy eye. The authors wrote that acupuncture has been successfully used for dry eye and myopia treatment.

They carried out a randomized, controlled trial with 88 children. They were assigned to one of two groups:

  • Acupuncture Group – 43 children. They were given five treatment sessions each week, which targeted five needle insertion sites, also known as acupoints.
  • Patching Group – 45 children. Their good eye was patched for two hours each day. They had to do near-vision activities with their lazy eye for one hour each day. Near vision activities include reading or typing.

After a total of 15 weeks’ worth of treatment:

  • Visual acuity improved by 2.3 lines in the Acupuncture Group
  • Visual acuity improved by 1.8 lines in the Patching Group
  • 75.6% (31) of the children in the Acupuncture Group experienced an improvement of at least two lines
  • 66.7% (28) of the children in the Patching Group experienced an improvement of at least two lines
  • In the Acupuncture Group lazy eye was considered as resolved in 41.5% of cases
  • In the Patching Group lazy eye was considered as resolved in 16.7% of cases

No serious side effects were detected in either group. In both groups, treatment was well tolerated, the authors wrote. The Acupuncture Group children had their treatment after school so that their studies were not disrupted.

The authors wrote:

“Although the treatment effect of acupuncture appears promising, the mechanism underlying its success as a treatment for amblyopia remains unclear.”

The authors believe that well targeted acupuncture may alter the activity of the part of the brain that receives data from the eyes – the visual cortex. They add that the treatment may also enhance blood flow to the eye and surrounding tissues. The generation of compounds that support the growth of retinal nerves may also be stimulated.

The researchers concluded:

“The findings from this report indicate that the treatment effect of acupuncture for amblyopia is equivalent to the treatment effect of patching for amblyopia. However, only patients with anisometropic amblyopia were involved in our study and the follow-up period was relatively short. Moreover, acupuncture itself is a very complicated system of therapy.

Differences exist among acupuncturists, and there are divergent manipulation modes, stimulation parameters, treatment styles and subjective sensations evoked by acupuncture stimulation. Because of the good results obtained in our study, the acupoints that we used could be considered for use in clinical practice.”

Curing Eye Problems with Pig Bristles

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Chinese hospital has come up with a novel way to cure near-sightedness in children – by sticking bristles from a pig in their eyes.

The affiliated hospital of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine says the treatment has the same theory behind it as acupuncture.

Doctors use pig bristles to enter children’s tear ducts and stimulate the so called “Jingming point”, commonly used to treat eye problems in traditional Chinese medicine.

“We don’t use the usual needles, but pig bristles, which are the right size and more flexible,” said Zhu Ningyun, director of the hospital’s eye department.

Zhu says the treatment is proving effective at preventing and curing “lazy eye” in children and a number of other ailments.

He added: “We want to promote this treatment, to prevent near-sightedness and other problem areas before it’s too late.”

The hospital has contacted nearby primary schools and provided treatment to some nine-year-old children recently.

According to a survey jointly conducted by the ministries of Health and Education, in 2004 28 per cent of elementary-school students, 60 per cent of junior middle-school students and 85 per cent of senior middle-school students in China were near-sighted, giving China the largest population of near-sighted people in the world, reported People’s Daily.