For years medical professionals have touted the benefits of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart. Now scientists have discovered the hidden value of omega-3 fatty acids in benefiting eye health.
Researchers have discovered that an omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in cold-water fish, such as sardines, herring, salmon and tuna, is beneficial in preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This disease results in the loss of central vision, reducing the loss of fine-detailed vision required for driving, reading, detecting colors and recognizing people. View full article »
Glaucoma is a silent killer of sight. It is an eye disease that attacks the eye’s optic nerve – a vital nerve that sends signals to the retina, where they are interpreted as the images we see.
Currently, more than 2.7 million Americans age 40 and older are affected by glaucoma. When the disease attacks the optic nerve, individuals gradually lose their vision. Unfortunately, most people fail to notice changes in the early stages, but as the disease progresses, individuals suddenly detect a significant difference in their sight. View full article »
Recognizing Home Eye Safety Month
It is difficult to believe that every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States sustain job-related work injuries that require some type of medical treatment.
Prevent Blindness America reports that 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year, with nearly 1 million resulting in some degree of vision loss. About 90 percent of these injuries are avoidable, when the right eye protection is worn, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The most common eye injuries are: View full article »
In the past few years, have you delayed or skipped an appointment with a health care provider to save money?
According to a survey conducted earlier this year by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), more than half of the respondents indicated they had skipped or reduced the number of visits to their doctor’s offices in order to save money.
The AOA survey discovered these decisions: View full article »
What do tennis star John McEnroe, Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, Canadian Olympic gold-medal snowboarding champion Ross Rebagliati, skateboarding superstar Mike Fraser and surfing sensation Tom Curran all have in common? They all wear protective sports eyewear to avoid eye injuries and maximize their performance.
Every day Americans sustain injuries to their eyes, at home, on the job, or during sports activities. Of the 1.6 to 2.4 million individuals who experience eye injuries, an estimated 40,000 will be legally blind in the injured eye. Nearly 90 percent of the injuries are preventable if individuals use proper safety eyewear and take precautions to avoid possible unsafe situations. View full article »