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About Winter Eye Problems

Tearing Eyes

Apart from winter weather drying out your eyes, the cold weather can also make your eyes over produce tears which can be very annoying and can make vision blurry. The best thing to help with this is to wear glasses, goggles, or sunglasses when outside to avoid the wind causing watery eyes. Also, if you are wiping your eyes to get rid of the tears make sure you use clean tissues or cloths to avoid infection. Excessive tearing eyes can also be caused by other factors such as infection, blocked tear duct, or surprisingly dry eyes, so if you are concerned make an appointment with your eye clinic or opticians so they can check it out.

Tired Eyes

The winter months are darker and natural light is less which can make certain tasks more difficult, reading and writing for example. Straining your eyes to see in lower light can cause eyestrain making your eyes feel tired quicker than usual. To help avoid this try having a lamp on when carrying out close work and

Test for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss should never be neglected and you should seek the consultation of an Audiologist, Otolaryngologist or Otologist if you feel the above mentioned symptoms.

A hearing loss is diagnosed based on the person’s history, behaviour and the results of medical and audiological examinations. You would then be examined to know of the causes of the hearing loss, and if it can be treated. The most common way by which one could suffer from a loss of hearing is with the fluid in the middle ear or wax in the ear canal not being taken care of.

There are a several things you can do to hear and cope better in situations that have caused you difficulty in communicating with the help of hearing aids and hearing problem treatments.

In case you are diagnosed with a hearing loss, you have to undergo a full hearing test. This test will recognize the degree and type of hearing loss you may have developed and also determine if you could be helped by hearing aids. The hearing health professional

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun

  1. Get the perfect sunglasses. Sun protection of eyes starts with perfect sunglasses. The first thing is to block the UV rays. Pick nothing that has a UV protection level of less than 95 percent. Also, your shades must cover your eyes from every angle. Next, get the tint right. Make sure your glass tint blocks more than 80 but less than 90 percent of transmissible light. You need a good block but with proper vision. The best color you can go for is the G-15 tint. It’s a blend of gray and green used in the authentic Ray-Ban for Pilots.
  2. Wear UV-blocking contact lenses. A lot of people with issues in eye sight need to use contact lenses. So if you are one of them, make sure your lenses are good quality and you can use them for sun protection too. A lot of contact lenses today use the UV protection technology. Only buy lenses with UV protection. You can use these even if you have no issues with your eyes. Also, don’t forget to wear sunglasses while you wear lenses. As far as UV protection is concerned, a color like G-15 would be good in contact lenses as

Common Visual Defects

When one looks at a distant object, a near one in the same line of vision is indistinct. Now, if one focuses upon the nearer object, the distant one is not seen so well. This is because a clear image is obtained only of the object which is brought to focus upon the most sensitive portion of the retina. The other become indistinct as it goes out of focus. This shifting of focus is accomplished by a change in the thickness of the lens. In a normal eye the rays of light from a distant object come to focus upon the retina when the eye is at rest, that is, when the ciliary’s muscles are inactive and the lens is thin.

Farsightedness of Children

In this condition, called “hyperopia,” the eyeball is shorter than normal. This is a universal condition at birth but should disappear before there is much use of the eyes for near vision. If it persists, the rays of light with the eye at rest come to focus not on the retina but behind it.

Blurring of vision results

This is unsatisfactory, so the ciliary’s muscles correct the difficulty by contracting

Smartphone Use Effects On Your Sleep

This is due to the fact that when we don’t get a quality night’s sleep our eye health suffers. But did you know that there is actually a connection between our exposure to blue light rays at a particular time of the day that can disrupt our body’s normal circadian rhythm? What is the body’s circadian rhythm? According to the national sleep foundation the circadian rhythm refers to a 24 hour internal clock that basically controls your normal sleep cycle. It includes periods of the day between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. In other words it’s like an internal clock that tells us when to get up and when to retire to bed and it determines our sleeping patterns. For example, some people at certain periods of time during the day, for instance, in the morning between 4 am and 6 am experience cycles associated with low energy. These low energy levels often carry into the afternoon periods whereby people feel like taking an afternoon nap between 2.30 and 3.30 pm. Then, there is a high energy peak after this period that extends to about 6 pm. This can differ depending on your daily schedule as some

Conservation of Vision

Physiologically the eye is a mechanism, much like a camera, which brings the rays of light to focus upon light-sensitive nerve endings in the retina. These, in turn, transmit a stimulus to the brain where the visual image is perceived. In the lowest types of seeing animals the eye consists merely of-a few pigmented cells, sensitive to light, at or near the surface of the body, and connected with some simple nerve structure. In the higher forms of life these structures become more complex and connected with the brain. In addition to these more highly developed eyes, insects and worms retain some of the simple, supernumerary eyes. Most spiders, for example, have eight, and some worms four or more such eyes.

The simplest type of eye can perceive only light, but as one proceeds up the biological scale the visual apparatus becomes, more complex and begins to perceive size, shape, distance, and color. Since acute vision is an asset in the struggle for existence, the animals with the most efficient eyes tend to rise in the biological scale.

Until recently, biologically speaking, man lived out of doors and used his eyes chiefly for distance vision. Some

Increase Macular Density

One particular part of the eye called the Macular controls our central vision. The word macular is defined in Latin as yellow spot. Therefore, the macular is defined as the small yellow spot that is found in the center of the retina in your eyes. This particular yellow spot is this specific color due to the fact that it has the highest concentration of carotenoids in the eyes. Carotenoids are defined as the pigmentation found in fruits and vegetables that give these vision foods their red, green, blue, purple or yellow colors. Some examples of carotenoids include carrots and blueberries. In the case of the macular the 2 main carotenoids found in the macular are Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Why is it so important to increase the macular density of our eyes? This is due to the fact that neglecting the care of our macular health via poor nutrition may increase the risk later on in life for the age related vision disease macular degeneration; an eye disorder characterized by a loss of central vision that leads to blindness.

Therefore, what can you do to increase the macular density of the eyes? 1 We can eat vision foods

Anthocyanin Rich Berries

Eye Health Benefits of Anthocyanins in Berries: Anthocyanin plant nutrients are abundant sources of antioxidants. One of the main causes of degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration relates to an increase in free radical activity that causes damage to healthy cells in the eyes. Berries consist of anthocyanins that are rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants are able to reduce the negative effects of free radical cells on our eyes. These antioxidant rich foods fight these rogue cells that cause the breakdown of healthy cell DNA. Therefore, they are useful in protecting the eyes from age related vision disorders such as macular degeneration.

Anthocyanins protect Heart Health: Scientific research studies show that there is a link between regular consumption of anthocyanin rich foods and protection from cardiovascular disease. A study that evaluated the effects of Anthocyanins in heart health was conducted on 87,000 participants. The study assessed the health progress of over 46,000 women and 23,000 men. The results of the study concluded that the participants in the study who consumed anthocyanin rich foods such as strawberries and blueberries even once a week saw a significant reduction in their risks for heart disease. The study also noted that

Pink Eye Remedy With Probiotics

Traditional medical treatment for this eye condition includes eye drops and antihistamines. These traditional recommendations are not necessarily the most effective remedies for this vision condition due to the fact that these treatments contain chemicals and toxins that are not good for the eyes. If you are looking for a natural remedy to effectively treat this eye condition here are some tips and natural remedies that will help you accomplish this goal.

One of the most effective methods of treating pink eye is to use an effective natural remedy that tackles this eye issue from both an internal and external manner. This is due to the fact that treating it externally only with unnatural treatments will only mask the symptoms instead of addressing the immune system deficiencies that cause it to happen in the first place.

An effective natural treatment that is often overlooked that actually prevents this condition are probiotic supplements. Probiotic supplements actually function as an effective internal and external treatment for pink eye. This is due to the fact that they strengthen the body’s immune system. This is accomplished by increasing the body’s production of good bacteria in the digestive tract. This reduces


Here are some interesting facts about watercress. The father of medicine Hippocrates, who coined the phrase, let your food be your medicine, used watercress as a medicinal remedy to treat his patients who suffered from various health conditions. Watercress is a green leafy vegetable that comes from the family of cruciferous vegetables that include certain vision foods such as Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli and Brussels sprouts. This food has been a staple to the diet of Roman soldiers. Furthermore, this leafy vegetable also boast the highest rating among all super foods in terms of its ANDI score. The ANDI score stands for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index. This is actually the gold standard for measuring the nutritional density of food in terms of the Vitamin, mineral, phytonutrient and antioxidant power of various foods. Watercress achieves the highest score for super foods using these nutritional criteria.

Eye Health Benefits of Watercress: the health properties of the watercress vegetable are associated with its Vitamin A and Vitamin E content. Additionally, it consists of the vision promoting nutrients Lutein, Zeaxanthin as well as Beta carotene. Collectively, these various nutrients are known to support the proper maintenance of eye health, improve poor eyesight,

Common Eye Conditions

According to optometrists in America some of the most common vision complaints that people make when they visit their eye doctors are blurry vision, photophobia (also commonly known as light sensitivity, macular degeneration, eye twitching, eye floaters, Glaucoma, dry eyes, cataracts, lazy eye, color blindness, Blepharitis (inflammation of the eye lids), Strabismus and pink eye to name a few.

Here are some definitions of some of these vision conditions along with some possible causes. Additionally,here are some eye conditions that can be treated by pursuing a natural vision improvement program of eye exercises:

Glaucoma: A serious eye disease that is caused by damage to the optic nerve as a result of the buildup of unhealthy pressure in the eyes. This condition is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.

Macular Degeneration: An eye disorder characterized by vision loss in the center of your field of vision. There are 2 particular types of macular degeneration. These include wet macular degeneration and dry macular degeneration.

Dry Eyes: A condition caused by an insufficiency in tear production in the eyes. This is caused by a variety of factors including age, weather, environmental factors,


Eye Health Benefits: This vision food includes the carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are essential in improving vision health. Regular consumption of this vision food increases eye health and reduces the risks for eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Honeydew is also rich in Vitamins C and Vitamins A; 2 essential antioxidants that benefits eye health.

Weight Loss Benefits: The honeydew is low in calories and it is also a fat free food. Additionally, it is low in sodium and possesses a low content in natural sugars. It is also considered to be a cholesterol free food. These various qualities work together collectively in making it an ideal food for weight loss. It possesses dietary fiber which gives you a full feeling. This reduces appetite cravings thereby contributing to weight loss.

Cancer Prevention: Its rich Vitamin C content aids in boosting the body’s immune system. Vitamin C is a major antioxidant that functions in the body as a free radical scavenger and fights off rogue cells in the body responsible for causing cell destruction to healthy cell DNA.

Digestive Aid: Its insoluble fiber content is a good digestive aid in terms of improving


Selenium is a trace mineral that is found in various concentrations in the soil and the water. Its health benefits include a variety of purposes from the prevention of heart disease, various forms of cancer, to the promotion of a stronger immune system. This trace mineral also supports the health of the Thyroid.

Eye Health Benefits: A 2012 scientific research study showed that Selenium may protect the eye lens and prevent the age related vision disease cataracts. This is due to the fact that Selenium is a component of an enzyme found in the mother of all antioxidants; L-Glautathione. This is an essential antioxidant critical in maintaining healthy eyesight. Research suggests that lower levels of this essential antioxidant contributed to an increased risk for cataract formation.

When Zinc is combined with Selenium a benefit may be achieved in terms of a reduction in the risks for the development of Glaucoma. This is a serious eye condition characterized by an unhealthy increase in eye pressure. It results in damage to the optic nerve and if it is untreated it can lead to blindness.

Selenium provides general health support in terms of various health functions in the

Prepare for Cataract Surgery

Cleaning Your Eyes

You won’t be able to get water in your eyes for about 2 weeks following the surgeries, this is to avoid getting an infection. You may find your eyes get sticky from the prescribed drops you will be using after surgery, so you might want to clean your eyes. It is a good idea to buy what you need to do this before you have the surgery. You will need a clean bowl, cooled boiled water and some gauze. Boil the water and pour it into the clean bowl and let it cool. Once cooled you can soak the gauze in the water, ring it out and very gently wipe over the eyes and eyelashes, being very careful not to push on the eyes or drag the skin.


Most patients will be awake during cataract surgery and will have local anaesthetic to numb the eye, therefore it is advised to eat a good meal and keep well hydrated before you come to the clinic/hospital for surgery. If you are going to be put to sleep using general anaesthetic or be sedated, then you will not be able to eat or drink

Glaucoma Treatments

See a Doctor

See your eye doctor regularly for standard check-ups. He or she will check for the signs of glaucoma to catch it early. Medical professionals recommend that you see your eye doctor every five to ten years, assuming you are under forty years old and have no risk factors (i.e. family history, heritage, high blood pressure, or diabetes.) As you age, the frequency of these visits should increase. By the time a person reaches 65, these check-ups should occur every six months to a year.

Get Treatment

If you do get diagnosed with glaucoma, find the best glaucoma treatment for you by working closely with your doctor. Based on your unique situation, your physician might find that eye drops are effective on their own, or perhaps you will also need laser treatments or surgeries to lower ocular pressure. When patients experience adverse side effects, or the glaucoma treatments aren’t working, that’s usually when a surgeon will make a small incision to lower pressure, or even insert a microdevice called a shunt.

Exercise Regularly

No matter what health issues a person may be dealing with, one of the best ways to maintain

Low Glycemic Foods

The Glycemic Index is a number assigned to a particular food that shows that particular food’s effect on a person’s blood glucose level. A helpful way to regulate blood sugar levels in your diet is to find out the glycemic index value of your food. The higher the glycemic index number the higher is that food’s effect on your blood sugar levels. The lower the numbered value of that particular food is the lesser the effect it will have on raising blood sugar levels. Nutritionists suggests that if you have concerns about blood sugar levels you should include foods with a low glycemic index number. Therefore, if you are concerned about maintaining healthy eyesight, and keeping blood sugar levels in the healthy range, here is a list of eye foods that you should avoid that have high glycemic index rating numbers. Additionally, here are a list of foods that have a low rating number on the Glycemic index that you should include in your diet.


According to DR. Oz high glycemic foods can spike blood sugar levels in the body and lead to an increase in the

Vitamin Combination

If you are in your middle ages chance are you have concerns about eye health related to the likelihood of developing age related vision diseases and conditions. As we age the health of our visual system begins to decline. Therefore, it requires greater attention in terms of nutritional care to stay in top shape. One example of an age related vision disease that is very prevalent among the aging population in the United States is Macular Degeneration. It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. However, the good news is that there are nutritional steps that you can take to reduce or slow its progression so that you can still enjoy a good quality of life.

A 2001 study conducted by the National Eye Institute, better known as AREDS( The Age Related Eye Disease Study),showed some promise in the reduction of this eye disease when a combination of eye nutrients were taken together. This study showed a decline in the risks for the age related eye disease macular degeneration when test subjects took combinations of vitamins that included the eye Vitamins C, E, Beta Carotene and Zinc. This study measured the progress of 3600

Snellen Eye Chart

Visual acuity is measured from a distance of 20 feet. The patient is required to stand from a distance of about 20 feet to read the letters without the assistance of glasses or contacts. The patient is asked to cover one eye and read the smallest letter that he can see from the eye chart. If you have 20/20 vision this is considered normal eyesight. 20/20 vision means that you can see clearly at a distance of 20 feet what the average person is able to see at that particular distance.

The Snellen eye chart has its limitations due to the fact that it only measures visual acuity. Therefore, it cannot detect whether or not you have any underlying medical problems associated with your vision condition. According to developmental optometrist Dr. Kellye Kneuppel, the Snellen chart only detects nearsightedness and misses other vision conditions such as Astigmatism and farsightedness.

Furthermore, Dr. Knueppel explains that vision problems that kids experience associated with the lack of teamwork between both eyes and difficulty tracking lines are all vision problems that go undetected even with a Snellen eye chart test. These undetected problems can lead to academic problems and learning


Eye Heath Benefits: These nuts benefit the eyes due to the fact that they are rich in carotenoids; a nutrient that supports eye health. Carotenoids are pigments found in plants that provide antioxidant protection against diseases. Due to the fact that Pistachios have a high concentration of antioxidants they are useful in reducing the risks for age related eye diseases such as cataracts. Another one of the vision benefits of Pistachios is the fact that it contains the antioxidant called Zeaxanthin which is beneficial in protecting the eyes from sun damage due to the U.V rays of the sun. Vitamin E is also one of the major antioxidants useful in combating age related eye diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration especially when combined with vitamins A, C, Zinc and Copper.

Improves Prostate Health: Research shows that eating vision foods rich in carotenoids such as cruciferous vegetables like Broccoli, cabbage, Cauliflower and Kale, and foods that are rich in vitamin E such as almonds, Brazil nuts and pistachios reduces the risks for prostate cancer and benefits prostate health. The potent antioxidant content in pistachios neutralizes the damaging effects of unhealthy free radicals that cause the development of

Sunflower Seeds

Eye Health Benefits: the vision supporting nutrients in sunflower seeds includes Vitamins A,C,E Lutein and Beta Carotene to name a few. Vitamins A, C and E are major antioxidants critical in improving eyesight due to their protective properties in safeguarding eye cells from free radical damage. Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in vitamins A and C. Research shows that people with high antioxidant blood levels were able to cut their risks for age related eye diseases such as cataracts. Research also supports that people who consume a variety of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and certain types of nuts rich in a variety of vitamins such as Vitamins A, C and E were able to cut their risks for macular degeneration.

Better Heart Health: Vitamin E is a major antioxidant that supports better heart health. It plays a role in increasing cardiovascular health by blocking damaging free radicals responsible for creating the negative process in the body that relates to the oxidation of cholesterol – a negative process that results in the buildup of plaque on the artery walls that leads to heart problems such as stroke and heart attacks. Therefore, its antioxidant action neutralizes harmful


Plums are packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins B1, (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), B-6 and Vitamin E. Additional nutrients include Vitamins A and C, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron and Zinc to name a few. This is a good snack if you are watching your calories. It is very low in calorie content and also rich in fiber that gives it properties useful in terms of weight loss.

Eye Health Benefits: Research provided by The Archives of Ophthalmology shows that a serving of 3 or more fruits including plums can help to reduce the risks for the age related vision disease macular degeneration. The vitamin A and beta- carotene content in plums are beneficial in maintaining healthy eyesight. This tasty fruit also possesses carotenoids that help to protect the macular tissues of the retina and reduces the risks for age related vision disorders.

Maintains Healthy Cholesterol Levels: A research study revealed that the juice from plums and prunes has health promoting properties that aid in raising the good cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and reducing the bad cholesterol, LDL cholesterol.

Improves Brain Health: Research shows that the flavonoids present in plum juice can

Chamomile Tea

Eye Health Benefits: This is an effective natural home remedy for eye strain. When chamomile tea bags are applied to the eyes they provide soothing relief from eye strain and also relax the eyes and release stress and tension in the visual system. Additional healing properties of chamomile tea include natural home remedies for swollen eyes and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Relieves Anxiety And Depression: Chamomile tea is used as a natural remedy to relieve anxiety. It has a calming and soothing effect on the central nervous system, relieves stress and calms the nerves. This natural home remedy is a solution for you if you are concerned about finding an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Due to its stress relieving properties it is also highly beneficial in helping the health of the visual system. This is due to the fact that there is a connection between healthier vision and the release of stress and tension in the body.

Immune System Booster: It increases the body’s production of Hippurate. This is a botanical substance known for its ability to fight harmful bacteria in the body. Therefore, it boosts the body’s immune system. As a result of these