Latest Science Can Protect Lifelong Eye Health

December 4, 2011

in Health Protection

 

Latest Science Can Protect Lifelong Eye Health
 
 
 
Science is now telling us we can do more than eat carrots and spinach or supplement with vitamin A to protect our eyes from the aging process.
 
 Soon after I turned 40, my eyesight started to change. I had used the same prescription for the past 20 plus years. Now I definitely needed some help. The eye doctor told me I was just experiencing the aging process and was losing flexibility in the eyes. Yes, this meant I was going to need bifocals or a version of them. I chose the progressive lenses instead and they have worked well for me however what else can I do to save my eyes from the ravages of aging?
 
This aging process made me seek other means of protecting my eyes rather than just the band aid approach of different glasses. I have worn glasses since I was 3 years old because I inherited Amblyopia (a lazy eye). My father had a lazy eye and so did his mother. My parents made me wear a black patch (like a pirate) to try to train my lazy eye and then I had surgery when I was 7 years old but it did not correct the vision or usage of that eye. I am thankful for the surgery because it corrected the cosmetic downside of having a lazy eye. None the less that left me with basically one functioning eye for my entire life so I feel a very urgent need to take care of the one eye I do use.
 
 
Our mothers told us to eat carrots and spinach because of their high vitamin A content being good for our eyes. Vitamin A continues to be beneficial for light sensitivity and color vision. We now know much more and the latest science tells us how to plan for lifelong healthy eyes and vision.
 
  • ·       Omega-3 fatty acids protect vision! Dr. Emily Chew, MD wrote in the May 19, 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Her review of scientific literature concludes that omega-3’s can prevent or slow age-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. Another study reports that regular intake of an omega-3 rich diet reduced the risk of vision loss due to AMD by 45%.
  • ·       Carotenoid lutein protects against strong light. Scientists believe that sudden light or repeated exposure to strong light, such as from computer screens, can cause cell death and the thinning of photoreceptor cells at the back of the eye. Lutein, a member of the carotenoid family, may be beneficial in reducing this damage. The GNLD Scientific Advisory Board has known for years that lutein and zeaxanthin in Carotenoid Complex play a part in the preservation of eyesight.
  • ·       Vitamin D promotes eye health. Data published in the April issue of ‘Archives of Ophthalmology’ shows that women with the highest average daily vitamin D intake have a 59% lower risk for AMD.
  • ·       Does lifestyle makes a difference in the development of age related eye disease? The following lifestyle choices very well may have an impact on your eyes just as they have an impact on your overall health. Avoid smoking, exercise regularly, maintain healthy blood pressure, and eat a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish. Carotenoid rich foods to consume on a daily basis are carrots, tomatoes, spinach, red bell pepper, peaches, strawberries, and apricots.

 

The message is clear. The same whole food nutrients that provide us protection against chronic disease and protects our physical and mental function also protects our life long eyesight.
 
The United States Department of Agriculture reports, “About 16 million people in the United States over age 45 report some vision loss. This group may find hope in the growing body of evidence that diet can influence eye health.”
 
 
Look into the future – protect your vision!
 
 

Pat Moon

 

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1 Carla J Gardiner October 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thank you Pat for another wonderful article about how to protect our eye health. I sure hope others are paying attention. So much money, time and pain can be avoided with simple lifestyle changes, food changes and supplementation. I'm thankful I tuned up my genes for many reasons, one of which is the improvement in my eye health.
 

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2 Pat Moon October 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

Hi Carla,

I’m with you that so much frustration, money, time and pain can be avoided when people are willing to make lifestyle changes, food changes and take the proper supplementation.. Glad you have your body in order.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pat
 

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3 Sharon O'Day July 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I have a grandmother who was legally blind by the time she was in her 60s, and an aunt who had macular by about the same age.  So my eyesight is one more thing I pay lots of attention to … including keeping up with what science says about how to care for our eyes.  Thanks for this additional information, Pat!

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4 Pat Moon July 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

Hi Sharon,

My mother lost most of the vision in one eye due to ARMD. It came on her gradually as her other eye compensated for it over time. She had cataract surgery last year and now can see very well.. well enough to sew and read.. she’ll be 93 in October. I have had a lazy eye all my life so I, too pay lot of attention to taking care of my eyes.

Vision is a very precious sense.

Sharing the things I have learned. Pat

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5 Daniele Holmberg July 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Very informative information about protecting our eyes:)  I always go for my checkup yearly and have a minute prescription I started needing when i was 26. Thanks for all of the info;)  Also…side note the past 2 weeks I have tried to tweet your articles from your icons above and both of them would not work for me:(

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6 Pat Moon July 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hi Daniele,

So glad to hear you are taking care of your eyes. Just remember that the nutrients you take in do have an effect on the health of your eyes.

Thanks for telling me about the tweet button.. I need to do some work on that.

Have a great day!

Pat

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7 Carele Belanger July 3, 2013 at 6:22 am

Very interesting Pat. Thank you for this tip. It is so important to protect our eyes from aging!

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8 Pat Moon July 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Hi Carele,

Yes, it is so very important to protect our eyes from aging. Just as I mentioned to Erin, I take important supplements every day for the ultimate eye protection. The supplements I take are: NeoLife Salmon Oil Plus, NeoLife Carotenoid Complex, and NeoLife CalMag with 1000IU of vitamin D.

Viewing the world with clear vision.

Pat

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9 Erin July 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I value my eyesight very much, so I'm always open to learning about whats new to protect the lifelong health of my eyes! I also used to work at an Optomitrist office when I was younger, so this has always been a topic of great interest to me! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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10 Pat Moon July 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi Erin,

You are so right to value your eyesight. I take Salmon Oil Plus, Carotenoid Complex, and CalMag with 1000 IU of vitamin D every day for the ultimate eye protection.

View the world with clear vision.

Pat

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11 Christy Garrett July 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

My younger sister had to have surgery when she was a baby to correct her lazy eye.  For the most part the surgery worked well and corrected her lazy eye, but she still has to wear glasses or contacts.  Vision is very important and everyone should take the necessary steps to perserve it. 

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12 Pat Moon July 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Christy,

It is quite common to have a lazy eye and corrections have come a long way. I am so thankful for corrective glasses, otherwise I would not be able to see and that is very scary. Vision is so often taken for granted so we do need to take all steps necessary to take care of our eyes.

Thanks, Pat

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13 Alexandra McAllister July 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

Thanks for sharing this important information, Pat. I love your story and your pic.  🙂

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14 Pat Moon July 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Alexandra,

Thanks for your comment.

Pat

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15 Rob July 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

Excellent info! We share a common bond! I was born with both eyes being lazy, (double strabizmus)  and had surgery 4 times to correct the muscle issues.. Last surgery was 2 years ago, called adjustble suiture.. This seemed to correct somethings, and also give me other issues… I wish i had this info a long time ago, and it would have corrected itlsef, or made them stronger.

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16 Pat Moon July 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Wow, Rob, 

I have never heard of double strabizmus. That must have been a difficult thing to go through and to have to continue to go through. They can now do amazing things but often not without risk. It is especially sad when we find out there are things that could have prevented or made the problem less.

Hope things are better for you now.

Pat

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17 Scott Hay December 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

Thank you for a really helpful post, Pat.  Any tips to keep me focused on maitaining my health are always welcome!

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18 Hughie Bagnell December 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

Thank you for sharing this information Pat … our eyesight is something that we can take for granted at times so excellent information to increase our awareness and encourage proper care and respect …Thanks, Hughie

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19 Anastasiya Day December 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

Brilliant article Pat (as always)! Thanks for posting and sharing this article with us 🙂

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20 Jennifer Bennett December 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

Another great article Pat with some great information!  Thanks for sharing! 

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21 pat December 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hi Pat.  Well you and I have more in common than sharing great nutritionals with the world.  You could be my twin.  Same story with my eyesight as yours.  the only thing different is I didn't need surgery.  But I wore that eye patch for a long time, as when they discovered it I was almost blind in the lazy eye.  With exercises they brought my sight back really well for years.  Until I turned 40!!  Now it is slipping.  I use my Omegas with D for sure and many other nutrients to help keep it as best as I can as an aging baby boomer. 

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22 Pat Moon December 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Pat, thanks for sharing about your eyes. It is always interesting about the common links we have with our friends. When I was a child, they told my parents, I would have had to have surgery and lazy eye training prior to turning age 3. I know that is not true now because I have 2 grandchildren who had issues with their eyes tracking together and they were basically cured with vision therapy. My eye doctor did not believe it would help me so I never did check into it for myself. I just pray that I can keep the vision I have with glasses in my good eye. Vision is something to treasure.

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