Optimal Ingredients in Vision Supplements

A healthy diet complete with plenty of fruits and vegetables is often all it takes to ensure proper nutrition for the eyes. However, it is no secret that many Americans do not consume enough healthy foods to obtain ideal nutrition, making it necessary to add supplements to maintain optimal levels of vitamins and minerals.

As a general rule, it is less expensive to purchase a multivitamin than several individual supplements, though individual supplements often have a higher concentration of nutrients. However, If you choose a reputable, food-based multi, it is more than likely that you will receive the nutrients required for long-term visual health.

What a Multivitamin Should Contain

To help guard against future vision disorders, your multivitamin should contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Copper

When possible, you should choose a multivitamin with phytochemicals such as flavonoids, bioflavonoids, and anthocyanins. You may also wish to add an omega-3 essential fatty acid supplement, as these are not typically found in multivitamins.

Of course, many phytochemicals can be found in fruits, vegetables, and grains, while fish and certain oils are naturally high in omega-3. Obtaining these nutrients from whole foods is always preferable, but a good supplement is much better than leaving them out of your diet entirely. Your eye doctor can discuss your diet and talk to you about the most effective ways to get the nutrients required for clear, sharp vision.

For more information about proper nutrition for the eyes, please contact an eye doctor in your area today.

It’s Allergy Season!

Tis the season…allergy season!  Eye allergies affect one in five Americans.   Seasonal allergies happen during certain times of the year when usually spring and fall, when exposure to pollen from grasses, trees, weeds, and mold spores increases.

Seasonal eye allergy symptoms include red, itchy, burning eyes, over-tearing, or even swollen, puffy eyelids.   You can limit your exposure to allergens and stave symptoms by staying indoors and using your air conditioner while driving instead of rolling down your car windows.   Wearing large sunglasses can block some degree of pollen that could potentially get near your eyes too.  Do not rub your eyes, that will make your symptoms worse.

Saline eye rinses and lubricants soothe allergy-irritated eyes and help flush out the allergens. Oral antihistamines can help as well.   Refrigerating eye drops may help them provide additional relief of allergy symptoms.

Red, itchy, burning, and puffy eyes can be caused  by infections and other conditions that could potentially threaten your vision.  If your symptoms persist after you’ve already tried drops and antihistamines, visit your eye doctor to make sure it isn’t anything more serious.

What are Macular Holes?

The macula is the small area in the center of your retina that is full of light-sensitive cells called cones. These cells are responsible for providing color vision, and allows for the recognition of faces and other objects. The rest of your retina – the area surrounding the macula – contains rods, photosensitive cells that provide black-and-white shading, and allows your side (peripheral) vision to detect movements and shapes.

If a hole develops in your macula, your ability to see objects head-on can quickly become compromised. Similar to macular degeneration, macular holes are an age-related eye condition that is most common in people over 60 years old. However, unlike macular degeneration, macular holes do not develop as a result of genetics or lifestyle choices. Instead, they are caused by factors such as:

  • Eye injury
  • Diabetes
  • Detached retina
  • Severe myopia
  • Macular pucker
  • Vitreous separation or shrinkage

Macular holes can be treated through a vitrectomy. During this procedure, your ophthalmologist will remove your vitreous gel and replace it with a mix of air and gas that is designed to put pressure on your macula, causing the hole to heal itself. Over time, the gas/air will be gradually replaced by natural eye fluids again, and your vision will be restored.

If you are suffering symptoms of macular holes, please contact an experienced ophthalmologist in your area today to schedule an initial consultation.

Are You Too Old For LASIK?

There is no definite upper age limit for LASIK. Your general health and the health of your eyes are much bigger factors in deciding your LASIK candidacy than your age. As you get older, however, you will probably face different age-related vision problems that LASIK cannot correct, such as presbyopia and cataracts.

Cataract surgery must be performed before LASIK surgery is possible. If you are past your early 40s and are starting to experience presbyopia symptoms, you may still need to use reading glasses after undergoing LASIK. Since presbyopia is a problem with your lens, not your cornea, LASIK cannot directly treat it, although it can still correct your distance vision.

A different LASIK option for older patients is monovision. This treatment, which can be achieved with LASIK techniques, is designed as an alternative to reading glasses. With monovision, one of your eyes is corrected for distance vision, while the other is corrected for near vision. Your brain decides which eye should be used depending on the object you are focusing on.

If you have further questions about LASIK candidacy, find an experienced ophthalmologist in your area today to schedule an initial consultation.