You may be a Glaucoma Suspect if a Family Member has been Diagnosed

Glaucoma affects over 3 million people in the United States and is the second leading cause of blindness. Some people may be identified as a “Glaucoma Suspect” prior to actually being diagnosed with the disease. This assessment will be made by your eye doctor based on a combination of risk factors. One key factor is family history. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Glaucoma, your risk increases four to nine times.

What is Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of progressive diseases of the optic nerve usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure. The most common type is Open-Angle Glaucoma which generally begins with no symptoms but if left untreated will lead to vision loss. Vision loss typically begins with peripheral vision loss and escalating to complete blindness in some cases. Some people can be born with Glaucoma or it can occur due to trauma. Continue reading You may be a Glaucoma Suspect if a Family Member has been Diagnosed

Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed With Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and vision loss in the developed world, accounting for more than 50% of all vision loss in the United States. If you or a loved one have received this diagnosis, you probably have questions.

Kids-picture-Advanced-AMD v2AMD is a disease that destroys your sharp, central vision. You need central vision to see objects clearly and to do tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces.

AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. It does not hurt, but it causes cells in the macula to die. There are two types of Macular Degeneration, dry AMD (Atrophic) and the more serious type, wet AMD (Neovascular).

AMD Types

Dry AMD:
Accounts for 80-90% of all cases of AMD. In dry AMD small white or yellow deposits form on the retina underneath the macula. These deposits are called Most AMD begins as the dry type and in some cases progresses to the wet type. There are three stages of dry AMD:

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New Year, New You in 2018

The holidays are over, a new year has begun, and if you are like many of us, you are setting new goals to be healthier in 2018.  Getting more exercise, eating better, and taking a daily multivitamin are great ways to help achieve your wellness goals.

Ask any doctor, and they will tell you that ideally, we would get all our nutrients from the food that we consume. But unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, or SAD, is seriously lacking in many of the micronutrients essential to our health. FoodAccording to criteria set by The Institute of Medicine, more than 90% of Americans get less than the estimated average requirement for Vitamin D, E and A from food. And many seniors are unable to fully absorb the necessary amount of B12 from food. Deficiencies in many micronutrients may lead to DNA damage causing or accelerating age-related conditions such as certain types of cancer, heart disease and vision loss.

Some of the most commonly deficient micronutrients and the consequences of those deficiencies are: Continue reading New Year, New You in 2018

What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

According to a survey conducted by the Vision Council, 70% of U.S. adults have experienced symptoms of Digital Dry Eye at some point in their lives with 60% having symptoms daily. Unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. What used to be a condition predominantly seen in adults working desk jobs is now also affecting a much younger demographic due to advancing technology. Every year more than 10 million patients visit eye doctors with complaints related to Digital Dry Eye.

So, what is Digital Dry Eye?

DryEye-500pxDigital Dry Eye (or DDE) is the temporary discomfort felt after two or more hours of electronic device use. Devices include computer screens, phones, tablets and tv’s. It is known by other names as well; Digital Eye Strain, Computer Vision Syndrome; but it all amounts to essentially the same thing. Too much screen time. Blinking helps the eye stay lubricated by spreading moisture over the entire surface area every 4-6 seconds. Staring at any kind of technology too long can lead to not blinking as frequently as needed, sometimes as little as every 13-15 seconds, producing uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Continue reading What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Can Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Improve Memory?

It’s estimated that someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. There are an estimated 50 million people worldwide living with dementia. This number is projected to double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. These figures are truly frightening.

shutterstock_292698929Although no cure has been found yet, scientists and doctors agree that early detection and treatment are critical to managing the disease. One area receiving a lot of interest is nutritional supplementation. While much research remains to be conducted, several recent studies are beginning to paint a picture for the role that omega-3 fish oil may play in cognitive health. Continue reading Can Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Improve Memory?

Are You Suffering From Dry Eye?

If your eyes ever sting, scratch or feel like there’s a piece of stand stuck in them, you may be suffering from dry eyes, one of the most frequent vision problems seen by Eye Doctors. In fact, it’s estimated that over 20 million U.S. adults experience symptoms of dry eye.

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Dry eyes naturally occur with age but can also impact people who wear contact lenses, have allergies, undergo LASIK surgery, live in dry climates or spend long hours in front of the computer screen.

Treatments for dry eyes typically focus on increasing tear production, adding artificial tears or conserving tears.  Some people find relief by blinking more frequently, staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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If your eyes ever sting, scratch or feel like there’s a piece of stand stuck in them, you may be suffering from dry eyes, one of the most frequent vision problems seen by Eye Doctors. In fact, it’s estimated that over 20 million U.S. adults experience symptoms of dry eye.

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Dry eyes naturally occur with age but can also impact people who wear contact lenses, have allergies, undergo LASIK surgery, live in dry climates or spend long hours in front of the computer screen.

Treatments for dry eyes typically focus on increasing tear production, adding artificial tears or conserving tears.  Some people find relief by blinking more frequently, staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Have You Heard About All The Benefits of Omega-3?

17 Science Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Article Courtesy of: Authority Nutrition

Omega-3 acids are an important part of your daily nutrient intake and they have a range of beneficial effects on your brain, body and eyes.

Did you know that Omega-3 fatty acids are one the most thoroughly studied nutrients and as a result a number of key benefits have been discovered:

1. May improve eye health, including lessen dry eye symptoms

omega3-500pxDHA, a type of Omega-3, is a major structural component of the brain and retina of the eye. Vision problems may arise in people who do not have enough DHA. Getting enough omega-3 has been linked to a reduced risk of macular degeneration which is one of the world’s leading causes of permanent eye damage and blindness.

(Research courtesy of National Center for Biotechnology Information)

The Bottom Line: An Omega-3 fatty acid called DHA is a major structural component of the retina of the eye. It may help prevent macular degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness.

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Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affecting You?

Lutein + Zeaxanthin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Randomized Clinical Trial 

This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication authored by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Research Group. Doctor’s Advantage Products, LLC has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.

older-business-womanAge-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, accounts for more than 50% of all blindness in the United States. Although intraocular drugs that inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor are currently available for treatment of neovascular AMD, no effective therapies are proven for atrophic AMD. 

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) demonstrated that daily oral supplementation with antioxidant vitamins and minerals reduced the risk of developing advanced AMD by 25% at 5 years. Observational studies suggest that higher dietary intake of lutein + zeaxanthin, omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid, or both are associated with a decreased risk of developing advanced AMD.  Continue reading Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affecting You?

EyeRelief For Dry Eyes

How is EyeRelief different from other Omega-3 Products?

EyeRelief contains Omega-3 fatty acids, Flaxseed oil, Borage oil and Turmeric root. These 4 key ingredients have all shown to have anti-inflammatory properties making EyeRelief an excellent choice to relieve your dry eye symptoms.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are vital players in eye health. First, Omega-3’s help to inhibit the inflammation that results in dry eye. These fatty acids allow your body to contain inflammation thus averting the occurrence of dry eye. Omega-3 fatty acids also help the glands in your eyes make the healthy oil that coats your tear film and helps reduce evaporation. This healthy oil supports healthy tear function. 

Flax Seed Oil: Flax seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, particularly the beneficial type known as Omega-3. These fatty acids work throughout the body to protect cell membranes. A recent study has found that flaxseed oil may be as effective as a commonly used dry eye medication (doxycycline) for the treatment of dry eye. Continue reading EyeRelief For Dry Eyes