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Who Gets Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

by IVL Products

Loss of visual acuity is normal as we age. The most common cause of vision loss is in this country is due to age-related macular degeneration or AMD and there is no known cure. Knowing who is at the highest risk for developing age-related macular degeneration can help you determine your risk factors and take steps to delay or possibly avoid it.

Who Gets Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

High Risk Factors for AMD

While AMD can affect anyone at any time, it is most common in adults over the age of 60.

Others at risk are:

  • Anyone with a family history of the disease
  • Smokers
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with high cholesterol
  • Those who are obese
  • Being a light skinned female with a light eye color 

What Is AMD: Symptoms

Age-related macular degeneration is when the central portion of the retina, which is at the back of the eye, begins to deteriorate and a small blurry spot develops in your vision.  The macula is in the central part of the retina and responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. In some people AMD progresses slowly, in others, much more quickly. There are two kinds of AMD:

  1. Dry – this form of AMD is the most common and the cause is not entirely known. Small white or yellowish spots form on the retina and cause it to deteriorate over time
  2. Wet—while less common, many who start with dry AMD progress to wet or neovascular AMD.  Wet macular degeneration is caused by abnormal blood vessels under the retina that break, bleed and leak fluid, damaging the macula and causing it to lift away from its base. This type of AMD usually results in rapid and almost total loss of central vision.

The most common symptom of AMD is the formation of a dark, blurry spot over the center of the eye and a diminished capacity to perceive colors. If you think you might be developing AMD see your eye doctor right away for a definite diagnosis.

Related:  Natural Ways to Strengthen Your Eyesight

How to Reduce Your Risk of AMD

If you are at risk for developing age-related macular degeneration there are several things you can be doing now that could help delay the onset and severity of symptoms.

  • Stop smoking - for so many other reasons as well
  • Lose weight – obesity is a common risk factor for AMD
  • Get high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels under control; this goes hand in hand with losing weight and these two conditions put you at risk for many other fatal diseases.
  • Clean up your diet – recent studies have shown the positive affect eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (fish, walnuts, olive oil) and dark green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, arugula) can have on slowing AMD from developing.  Foods rich in vitamins C, E, zinc, copper lutein and zeaxanthin are the best for preventing AMD.
  • Supplements – researchers at the National Eye Institute found that of supplements with higher than average doses of vitamin C, E, zinc oxide, copper, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin reduced the risk of developing late AMD, like after age 60.

It should be noted that beta-carotene has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer so if you are a smoker or ex-smoker you should not take it.  Consult your doctor about the safe amount of these supplements and seek out foods rich in these nutrients to help you avoid or delay age related macular degeneration.

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What are the Top Ways to Improve Your Eyesight Naturally?

by Institute for Vibrant Living

How to Improve Eyesight Naturally | Institute for Vibrant LivingHave you ever wondered how you could improve your eyesight naturally, without the help of corrective lenses or surgery?

If you have - you should know that while not all health experts agree that eyesight can be improved through natural means, there are some things you can change about your lifestyle and dietary habits that might help boost your vision.

For example, you could make sure your eyes get all the nutrients they need to function properly.

Foods that help you improve your eyesight naturally include leafy greens such as kale, chard, broccoli, collards and spinach. All of them contain lutein, one of 600 naturally occurring carotenoid antioxidants that are critical for healthy eyes.

Lutein is also found in egg yolks and animal fats - which also contain zeaxanthin, another eye-healthy compound.

Along with lutein, zeaxanthin forms a protective yellow pigment in the retina of the eye which lowers risks for cataracts and macular degeneration by filtering out harmful UV radiation. In fact, low lutein consumption has been found to be a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration. 

Which is why including a daily dose of lutein and zeaxanthin is guaranteed to help you improve your eyesight, naturally and efficiently.

Not only that, a daily dose of will give you -

  • lipoic acid - prevents cataracts and increases the potency of vitamins C and E, both of which protect the eyes from harmful UV radiation.
  • zinc oxide - reduces risk of macular degeneration by nearly 25%.
  • vitamin E - prevents or delays cataract growth.
  • bilberry - helps improve night vision along with strengthening blood vessels in the eyes.
  • grape seed extract - helps improve night vision and slow down premature aging of the eyes;

And much, much more!

Other dietary components that boost eyesight include omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fatty oily fish like sardines, tuna, salmon and in fish and krill oils. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit and non-meat protein sources such as pulses, beans and nuts are also important for eye health.

Smoking can lead to macular degeneration and cataract formation later in life. Like smoking, too much exposure to UV light can also damage the eyes, so make sure you wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays when you venture out into bright sunlight.

For guaranteed improvement in eye health, today to improve your eyesight, naturally.   

Source: How to Improve Your Vision, Naturally.

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Video Blog: Vision Health: How to Improve Eyesight Naturally

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Watch the latest video blog from the Institute for Vibrant Living.
Dr. Christine Horner explains tips and tricks to help improve your eyesight and slow down the deterioration process of the eyes naturally.
Click the link below to ask Dr. Christine 

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Eyesight Improvement with Vitamin D

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Eyesight Improvement with Vitamin D

by Health News

You’ve probably heard what recent studies have concluded about vitamin D boosts you immune system naturally, and how it can be an invaluable ally during flu season. And you’ve no doubt heard the more recent news that vitamin D might protect against the ravages of type II diabetes. But here’s another amazing benefit this vitamin might offer: strengthen your eyesight as you age.

Eyesight Improvement with Vitamin DDr. Glen Jeffrey and other researchers at the University College of London Institute of Ophthalmology in the UK conducted a study* in which they treated middle-aged mice with vitamin D for six weeks. For the treated group, one-year-old female mice were injected with safflower oil containing 0.9 micrograms of vitamin D every three days.  One mouse year is roughly 50 human years.

After six weeks, tests measuring the electrical responses of retinal cells showed significant improvement in the vision of the treated mice. So, what is the mechanism behind these very promising results? According to Dr. Jeffrey, it has to do with the reduction in amyloid deposits and inflammation in the blood vessels—a finding that could have even broader implications beyond those gleaned from this study.

“Finding that amyloid deposits were reduced in the blood vessels of mice that had been given vitamin D supplements suggests that vitamin D could be useful in helping to prevent a range of age-related health problems, from deteriorating vision to heart disease, " says Dr. Jeffery.

Ask your health care professional about the best way to incorporate this important nutrient into your supplement regimen.

*http://www.neurobiologyofaging.org/article/S0197-4580(11)00519-7/abstract

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How to Strengthen Your Eyesight with Supplements

by Health News

How to Strengthen Your Eyesight with Supplements Many of us take the strength of our eyesight for granted. It’s easy to do when you’re young and there are so many effective and permanent options for treating things like myopia (poor distance vision). But as we age, our eyes are subject to a plethora of possible problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and type II diabetes. Fortunately, there are nutritional supplements that you can take every day to help strengthen your eyesight. 

Here are a few of them:

Bilberry. This antioxidant rich fruit has demonstrated in at least one scientific study* that it is effective in preventing cataracts and macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness in people over age 50). There is also strong anecdotal evidence suggesting it helps improve night vision by increasing the production of a pigment that helps the eyes adapt to light changes.

Vitamins C and E, beta carotene and zinc. A 2008 study** published in the Archives of Ophthalmology showed that subjects at high risk for macular degeneration who took this nutrient combination had significantly lower rates of macular degeneration when compared to those taking a placebo. The study concluded that people who are at risk for developing macular degeneration, as determined by their ophthalmologist, “should consider taking a supplement of antioxidants plus zinc such as that used in this study.”

Ginkgo Biloba. Ginkgo biloba protects against free-radical damage in the retina and improves blood flow in the optic nerve. This is a good thing because the retina requires a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients. In one study***, people with normal tension glaucoma who took 40mg of ginkgo biloba extract three times daily for four weeks showed “a significant improvement in visual fields indices.”

Want to add these natural, eye health supplements to your regimen? 

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16075680
**http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11594942?dopt=Citation
***http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12578781