Every year I dutifully go see my optometrist to make sure my eyes are healthy, sure, but mostly because I need to renew my contact prescription. If you're one of the 150 million in the United States who also wear glasses or contacts, you're probably the same.
For the rest of the population, the American Optometric Association recommends getting your eyes checked every two years in order to find any potential problems early. Regular checkups can catch vision disorders like glaucoma and macular degeneration early, as well as detect more general health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. But I know many people with perfect vision who've barely set foot in an optometrist's office. How about you?
The term superfood is no joke, especially when it comes to green tea. Besides a little caffeine boost, antioxidant-rich green tea also protects the skin, cuts cancer risk, and delays the aging process. A new study reveals that green tea may also protect the eyes. Talk about an overachiever.
The study found that the catechins in green tea can penetrate eye tissue, spreading antioxidant love to the peepers. Using lab rats, researchers measured eye tissue for catechin absorption after feeding them green tea extract. They found that certain areas of the eye — like the retina — absorbed more catechins than other areas. The area with the least absorption was the cornea. In total, catechins were detected in the eye area for 20 hours.
This is a big break for researchers because it suggests that green tea might help protect from a variety of eye diseases like glaucoma. Just another reason to justify a mid-afternoon tea break!
The eyes may be the windows to our souls, so it's important to maintain their health and development. Though pediatricians and schools test a youngster's vision during annual check-ups, the American Optometric Association recommends thorough eye examinations by the age of 3 to ensure that vision is properly developing and there are no indications of eye disease. Once that exam is complete, wee ones can wait until their fifth birthday before returning for another exam.
From the looks of it, Kate Gosselin took five of her sextuplets to their doctor this week, where they likely underwent eye exams. The group left wearing protective sunglasses that will surely be used for fun fare when the dilation wears off at home. Do you take your wee ones for routine eye exams?
If your vision isn't perfect, and you're an active person, contact lenses are essential in my book. Contacts don't fog up when you're running, or fall off when you're biking. And you can wear them when swimming, you just have to wear goggles or keep your eyes shut. If you're a contact lens wearer like me, here are some things you should keep in mind.
- Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your lenses. Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get sick or contract an eye infection.
- If you suffer from allergies, wearing contacts can make your symptoms worse since allergens can stick to the lenses. Wear glasses if your symptoms are really bad, and if you can't part with your contacts (I don't blame you), be sure to clean them thoroughly or replace disposable lenses more often. Also, look for drops containing antihistamines that may help relieve watery or itchy eyes.
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I have worn reading glasses since my freshman year of high school but was still shocked to learn that 81 percent of Americans wear corrective lenses of some sort.
I guess being the window to the soul requires some outside support. Keeping tabs on the health of your vision is important. So I want to know . . .
"Peek-a-boo! I see you!!" But just how well does baby see mama? While parents book pediatrician appointments months in advance, most tots don’t visit an optometrist until they are well over a year old unless their doctor suspects a problem.
According to the American Optometric Association, by the age of six months, lil ones have reached enough developmental milestones to warrant a first eye assessment. Given that most insurance companies don’t cover the cost of these initial vision exams, the organization’s foundation has created InfantSee – a free, one-time, comprehensive eye assessment for infants in their first year of life. Through the InfantSee program, doctors check lil eyes for signs of vision problems, such as strabismus (crossed-eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye) and diseases of the eye that can lead to future vision problems.
Did your babe have an eye exam before his or her first birthday?
Suffering from dry eyes and blurry vision, major league baseball player Brain McCann, catcher for the Atlanta Braves, was recently outfitted for glasses after having his eyes checked.
While most of us don't depend on our peepers to track incoming curve balls, we all rely on our eyes for just about everything. This is why it is important to have your eyes checked regularly. The American Optometric Association recommends that adults have their eyes checked at least every two years. Early detection with vision problems means corrective action is easier to make, and the health of your eyes can be an early warning sign of diabetes. If you are one of the 81 percent of Americans who wear corrective lenses, be they glass or contacts, make an appointment to have your eyes checked. Your eyes may have changed and correcting your prescription can save you a lot of headaches, and I mean that literally.
Wearing glasses or contact lenses can be such a pain. For some people who have really poor vision, laser eye surgery has become a very popular alternative to lenses of any kind. A laser is used to cut and reshape the cornea, the transparent layer that forms the front of the eye. Changing the shape of the cornea can improve vision ultimately rendering glasses or contacts unnecessary. Laser surgery was approved by the FDA in the late 90s and since then over 800,000 people have opted to have their corneas transfigured using the technique. How many of them were satisfied with the results? To find out read more
Berries are like nature's candy. Not only do they taste sweet and juicy, but they are so good for you. They are a good source of vitamins and phytochemicals (which help to fight disease or disorders).
For instance, cranberries and blueberries can fight off urinary tract infections. Blueberries and strawberries have been found to have anti-cancer properties. Dark colored berries like blackberries contain powerful antioxidants which can help to slow down the aging process. Berries, especially blueberries and raspberries, also contain something called lutein, which is important for healthy eyes. Wow, they may be tiny, but they sure are powerfully healthy!