Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Reverse Cataract


Reverse Cataract
Some experts say that there is no known cure to reverse cataract but to reverse cataract development, it is possible. How can you reverse the development of cataract? Is it really possible to reverse cataract? Let us first get to know what cataract is all about. Cataract is what you will call to the development of opacity in the crystalline lens, thus block the light that enters the eye. Cataract is the most common eye disorder that is usually bought on by aging, diabetes, eye injury, eye disease, prescription drugs, prolonged exposure to sunlight (specifically ultraviolet rays), smoking and alcohol abuse and vitamin deficiencies. Vision problems, which are common complications to individuals who are diabetic usually starts with cataracts. The usual treatments for cataracts are the removal of the natural lens of the eyes and implant an artificial lens. The eye lens has higher protein content than any other body tissue. Individuals who have a low protein diet are at risk of developing cataracts. Older adults need more protein than what is generally recommended. Another factor is the ultraviolet rays. Too much exposure can cause free radical damage to the eye lens.  The eye lens is vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies and poor blood circulation.
Some experts say that surgery is the only way to treat cataract. Reverse cataract another method that is being applied to individuals who have atherosclerosis or diabetes. Reverse cataract is a special nutritional supplement that can support the protective mechanisms of the eye lens and helps in repairing the damage. It can also do well to other eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration. The eye lens is very vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies since it is not directly nourished by the bloodstream. The eye lens must obtain its much needed nourishment from adjacent cells. The eye lens needs large amounts of micronutrients like pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, vitamin A, vitamin B-2, vitamin C, choline, vitamin E, selenium, I-glutamine, bioflavonoids, glycine and magnesium. Reverse cataracts can be done by simply supplementing their diets. Below is the list of nutrients of the “reverse cataract development formula” that a person with cataract should take daily in order to prevent the development of cataracts:
  • Vitamin A         6,000 IU
  • Beta Carotene 12,000 IU
  • Vitamin E               80 IU
  • Vitamin C            600 mg
  • Vitamin B-2           20 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid   50 mg
  • Vitamin B-6           11 mg
  • Choline                   10 mg
  • Inositol                     3 mg
  • Magnesium             80 mg
  • Glycine                   10 mg
  • dl-Methonine         30 mg
  • Iodine                  0.05 mg
  • L-Glutamine           30 mg
  • Silica                        3 mg
The results may differ on every individual. If you think that this reverse cataract program diet does not work on you, do not hesitate to see your ophthalmologist for the best treatment.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cataract Surgery Recovery

Cataract Surgery Recovery


Cataract surgery recovery is by and large quick with little or no problems whatsoever. After cataract surgery procedure, the patients usually go home and rest for the rest of the day. After the surgery the doctor will usually perform a short “post operation procedure”. The cataract surgery recovery of the phacoemulsification procedure will more quick and uncomplicated. Most doctors will usually advice their patient to use eye drops to promote healing. Patients who want to recovery quickly are advised to wear a protective shield over their eye or eyes to protect the eyes from injuries. Patients must also keep their eye clean.

The patient usually goes home as soon as the patient has recovered from the operation procedure. Although the patient is discouraged from driving home and must have somebody with them within the first twenty-four hours after the operation procedure. The patient’s vision will clear within a few hours after the surgery procedure. Their vision will eventually improve quickly within a week or two.

After the cataract surgery procedure, the doctor will give the patient some anti-inflammatory eye drops if the patient’s eye or eyes are swollen. Antibiotic ointments or eye drops are given to the patient to prevent the infection of the eyes (even though cataract surgery complications are quite rare).

If you want to have a good cataract surgery recovery, make a follow up appointment with your ophthalmologist after a week of the cataract surgery procedure. The doctor will give you advice on how long you will use the eye drops and when to start driving again. Your ophthalmologist will prescribe you with glasses within four weeks after the cataract surgery procedure.

To have a fast cataract surgery recovery you must follow these guidelines:

  • Have a good rest two or three days after the surgery procedure.
  • Avoid bending and lifting a few days after the surgery procedure. Bending and lifting causes the increase of pressure on your eyes and will lead to a longer healing process.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  • As much as possible stay indoors. If it is unavoidable, cover your eyes if it is windy or in case something blows in your eyes.
  • Do follow up visits to your doctor within a month or two. Be sure to have a follow up appointment the next day after the surgery procedure.
  • Wear an eye patch for a few days after the surgery procedure.
  • If you are experiencing some pain, loss of vision or notice some increase of redness in your eye or eyes, you must go to your doctor right away.
  • In most cases, if you experience some discomfort or some leaking of fluid in the eyes, avoid pressing the eyes. It will cause damage to the post operative eye. Just wipe any discharge with clean tissue or cloth without rubbing or touching the eyes.

Follow all these and you will be guaranteed to have a fast cataract surgery recovery.
 
 
 
 
 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cataract Surgery Risks

Cataract Surgery Risks

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery procedure performed in the United States. Because of today’s advance technology and surgical techniques, it is one the most effective surgery procedures (with over ninety percent success rate). However as with any surgery, cataract surgery also has some risks. The most common cataract surgery risks are infection and bleeding.

The clouding of the back part of the capsule is also one of the cataract surgery risks. Swelling of the retina is one of the potential cataract surgery risks, although this risk tends to disappear after a few weeks. Below are some of the potential cataract surgery risks and complications:

  • Astigmatism – astigmatism can develop after the cataract surgery. However this can be treated through corrective lenses and has no effect on the vision.
  • Infection – although this type of cataract surgery risk is not common but still possible. That is due to negligence in sterile techniques.
  • Hemorrhage – stile not common but possible, this is sometimes cause by the placement of the incision in the cornea region of the eye.
  • Swelling of the Cornea – it is caused by the response of the eye from the surgical instrument that is inserted. Usually not noticed until a few hours after the surgery procedure. May cause distorted vision.
  • Glaucoma – the development of glaucoma is one of the potential cataract surgery risks. This is caused by some of the fluids used during the surgery which does not pass through the eye’s natural drainage system which causes an increase in pressure inside the eyes. Often marked with sharp pain in the eye region or headache. The pressure can be lower through medication.
  • Retinal Detachment – individuals who undergo cataract surgery increase their risk in developing retinal detachment. Individuals who undergo laser surgery procedure to cure the opacity of the lens covering after a cataract surgery procedure poses even greater risks in developing retinal detachment.

Some of the cataract surgery risks and complications can be treated with further surgery procedure. Some of theses complications may have some effect on your vision even with treatment.

However if you opt not to undergo cataract surgery, the cataract will slowly deteriorate your vision. Its effects can disrupt your abilities on your daily and nightly activities (the vision problems are even greater at night time).

There are many advantages if you choose to have your cataract removed. It can improve your color vision. Colors will be more vibrant and vivid. Visual acuity is greatly improved. The lens (intraocular lens) that is implanted on the cataract surgery will greatly decrease the focusing problems which lead to the reduced dependence on corrective eyewear. Although glasses may still be needed when reading or driving.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery


Vision in early cataracts can be improved by changing the prescription of your eyeglass, or by using a magnifying lens, or stronger lighting for close work. However if the interference caused by cataracts are intense wherein it affects your everyday lifestyle such as reading, working, or driving. Cataract surgery is needed to correct that.
Cataract surgery is the most effective and commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States. Patients who undergo cataract surgery experience improved vision after the surgery. There are two procedures in cataract surgery. These are the phacoemulsification and the extracapsular surgery.
Phacoemulsification
Phacoemulsification is the most common cataract surgery procedure. Small incision is made on the cornea’s side and a tiny probe is inserted into the eye. In today’s technology, laser probe or ultra sound is used to break the lens without harming the capsule. The debris is then suctioned for removal. A foldable intraocular lens (a clear, artificial lens that becomes a permanent part of the eye once inserted) is then inserted through the small incision. It then unfolds once the intraocular lens is inside the capsule. The incision is self sealing so no sutures are needed for this operation and the risk of astigmatism and rapid pressure changes within the eye are minimized. Phacoemulsification obtains best results if the patient is within the early stage of cataract. Phacoemulsification does not require special preparation though the measurement of your eye’s length and corneal curvature is essential in calculating the power of the intraocular lens that is to be inserted in your eyes. An estimated ninety percent of patients who undergo phacoemulsification attain a better vision.
Extracapsular Surgery
This type of cataract surgery requires a long incision in the cornea. The len’s hard center is removed in one piece while the rest of the lens is suctioned. The natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (made of silicon, or a type of plastic known as PMMA, or acrylic). Multiple sutures are needed to fasten the eye after surgery. The sutures must be tight to prevent astigmatism. Light is then able to pass through the retina thus improving the vision. After this type of cataract surgery the patient usually sees a blue tint around everything they see, this is because the cataract, before it was removed, blocks colors such as blues and violets. When the cataract is removed, the colors blue and violent will once again become clearer. On the other hand there are several complications of this type of cataract surgery or is more known as “after-cataract”. After-cataract is a long term and common complication of patients who undergo this type of cataract surgery. Some part of the natural lens or the lens capsule that was not removed may become hazy and may deter vision months or years after the surgery. “YAG laser capsulotomy” is needed in order to treat this complication.
 
 

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Friday, March 08, 2013

What are cataracts?

After the update video I had a friend ask for info on Cataracts, just so happens I went to another friend to get an eye exam and I too have early cataracts....so I am going to do a series on cataracts


What are cataracts?

 Any opacity and cloudiness that develops in the crystalline lens of the eyes are considered as cataracts. Cataracts are not formed on the eyes. It is formed within the eyes. Most people would think that a cataract is a film that grows on the eyes which causes blurred images or sometimes double vision. The eye lens is enclosed in a capsule. As the old cells die, it is trapped inside the capsule. As time passes the cell will eventually build up causing the eye lens to cloud, thus making images hazy and indistinctive. It is one of the major causes of visual loss among adult who are over 55 in the whole world.

What are the symptoms and signs of cataracts?

Cataracts at first are small, is has a very small effect of your sight at first. Its first symptom is that your vision will be blurred a little. Its symptoms depend on the location of the cataract on the lens and the cloudiness of the cataract. The most common symptoms are blurry visions, colors seem to appear faded, poor night vision and sensitivity to bright lights. The type of cataract will also affect what symptoms you will be experiencing. Nuclear cataracts first symptom is the improvement of your near vision. However this improvement will be short-lived and eventually will disappear as the cataract deteriorates. Subcapsular cataracts do not have any symptoms until it has fully developed.

What are the causes of cataracts?

Experts say that as we age the eye lens changes, forming cataracts. Experts are progressively distinguishing the factors that cause cataracts. Studies shows, that too much exposure to ultraviolet light is connected with the development of cataracts. They recommend that wearing sunglasses or wide brimmed hat will minimize the exposure of ultraviolet light. Further studies also show that individuals who are diabetic and users of major tranquilizers, diuretics and steroids tend to be at high risk of developing cataracts. Smoking, air pollution and alcohol abuse are also included in the risk factors. Eating foods that are rich in salt puts you on high risk of cataract development.

How to treat cataract.

Diets high in antioxidants (beta-carotene, selenium and vitamin C and vitamin E) helps prevent cataract development. If symptoms start to show you may be able to improve your eyesight with appropriate lighting, glasses, magnifying glass, strong bifocals and other visual aids. If your vision deteriorates badly and impairs your daily activities such as reading, working or driving, you should consider having your cataract removed by surgery. Cataract surgery is the most effective way of restoring your vision. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgery procedures in the United States. An average or nine out of ten patients who undergo cataract surgery regain with a very good vision. There are two types of cataract surgery procedure. These are the phacoemulsification and the extracapsular surgery. Ask your ophthalmologist for the type of cataract surgery procedure that would be best for you.
 
There are three types of cataracts
Derived from the word “cataracta” which is a Latin word for “waterfall” and “kataraktes” which means “to wash down” in Greek. The eye lens work like camera lens. The light is focused into the retina at the back of the eyes. The lens aids the focus of the eyes letting the eyes see clearly.  The crystalline lens of the eyes is primarily made up of water and protein. The protein is naturally bonded together so that light may pass through. Cataract is formed when that bond changes and the molecules of protein are clump together. These clumps block the light entering the lens. As we age these clumps grow bigger and cloudier.
Researchers are not sure why the eye lens change as we age, thus forming cataracts. Although not common, cataract also occurs on young persons. These are sometimes caused by eye trauma, prescription drugs or chronic medical conditions. However they have identified some risk factors of which can cause cataract. These include the long-term exposure to ultraviolet light, secondary effects of diseases such as myotonic, dystrophy, diabetes and Wilson’s disease. Fetal exposure to radiation, alcohol and abuse of substances during pregnancy contribute a high risk factor. Smoking is one of the major risk factor of cataract.  Long term alcohol use leads to the development of cataract; this is because alcohol can lead to vitamin deficiency.  Vitamin C and vitamin E deficiency are said to may have linked to the development of cataract. Eye infection also is a major risk. A tumor may cause changes that will often lead to cataract development.
Cataracts are categorized into three types because the eye lens consists of three components. These are the nucleus or the center lens, the lens cortex or the periphery, and the membrane that envelops the lens or the capsule.  
Nuclear Cataract
The most common cataract found among older patients. This type of cataract develops in the nucleus. Nuclear cataract can take years to develop.
Cortical Cataract
This type of cataract forms in the peripheral area or the lens cortex area. Cortical cataract is common among patients who are diabetic. If left untreated it will sooner or later extend its spores into the center.
Subcapsular Cataract
Subcapsular cataract develops at the back of the lens area and sometimes in the center. Rapid symptoms can occur in just over month’s period.
In the early stages of cataract, cataracts tend to interfere with the vision. Causing blurred or hazy vision, however this can be improved by using new glasses, magnification, adequate lighting, strong bifocals or any other visual aid. But if the symptom worsens, making it difficult to do daily activities such as driving, reading or working it may need to be surgically removed by your ophthalmologist.
 
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mobile Eye Guy Blog Update

I am so sorry that it has been so long sense I have posted a new article, But I have been sick and unable to take care of the blog, feeling better now and I am going to crank it up again, so let me know what you would like info on and we'll get it going for you.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Pros and Cons for Lasik with IntraLase

Those who have had a Lasik technique done, and those who are investigating having a Lasik vision correction procedure, know that the first step of that procedure is to create a small flap in order for the Lasik physician to reshape the cornea. This flap is created by the surgeon, and can be done using a small blade or using a laser. Using the laser is generally called a bladeless Lasik procedure, or IntraLasik, or IntraLase.


For those that are considering a Lasik procedure, this review should be helpful in order to determine the pros and cons of the Lasik procedure using IntraLase. One comment to be made is that the risks and complications possible using the small blade are well known and documented, since that procedure has been done for years and has a database of millions of patients.

Granted, 90% or more of all Lasik patients have no serious side effects or even minor lasting side effects, but it is true that a large part of the complications from Lasik procedures stem from the flap made with the microkeratome blade. Over the years additional techniques have been developed to further minimize such problems from the standard Lasik procedure.

The introduction of the laser to create the flap is a new frontier in the Lasik procedure. The laser is used in combination with state of the art software to create a flap of a pre-programmed size at a specific depth and position. During this process, a soft suction ring holds the eye in place, but this causes no discomfort to the Lasik client. Generally the only effect noticed by most Lasik patients is a dimming of vision in the eye being worked on for the duration of the treatment of that eye.

The use of the laser creates very small bubbles of water and carbon dioxide that serve as a good buffer between the flap and the cornea itself, and so this Lasik procedure conserves the eye very carefully. The whole process of creating a flap for one eye takes approximately one minute.

The advantages of using a laser to make the flap for the Lasik vision correction procedure is that there is no way that the cornea can be abraded, nor any chance of the wrong size or depth of flap, since it is all pre-programmed with Lasik software. The exact vertical edges of the flap produced using this Lasik procedure help healing, and also decrease the possibility that the flap might slip or wrinkle if the eye is accidentally bumped or rubbed during the healing process.

There are very few cons to using a laser to create the flap during a Lasik procedure. One is that the process takes a bit longer, up to a minute. A second reason is that the low level suction during this phase of the Lasik operation does result in eye redness for about 5% of the patients, but this goes away within a few days. The last reason is that there is still a difference in cost between this and the traditional Lasik procedure, but hopefully that will decrease as the years progress.


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Friday, July 02, 2010

There Is Quite A Good Deal To See In Eyewear

Some time ago, glasses were thought of as a very uncool piece of fashion, whether you needed them for seeing or not. The teasing seemed to be endless for those that needed to wear glasses just for correct vision. Today, that perception has changed 180 degrees as glasses are now considered an integral part of just about any look regardless of whether they are worn indoors or out.


Styles change just as quickly as shoe styles and the options are almost unlimited. Finding the best pair for the occasion and your personality isn't all that difficult as long as you are willing to spend a little time and have quite a bit of fun.


Sport ready
Where the sunglasses really excel are for the active person. Each sport has its favorite while golf players have a design put together just for golf. Glare, in the game of golf is a real pain when tracking the flight of the ball, while peripheral vision is important for keeping the head down and still while following through. Fashion is always important when it comes to sport glasses but practicality is still the important part of the game for serious athletes. Polarized lenses are front and center in this regard. Not letting in damaging rays is important, not only for keeping you at 100% of your game but because real damage can occur if dangerous UV B rays are consistently bombarding your eyes. If the wearer is always at altitude this is an even more important feature.

Go active, go prescription
Just because you happen to be blind as a bat doesn't mean that you can’t look good and see well while having some fun. Prescriptions are now being put into active eyewear for a range of sports. Check out the web for: skiing, moto-cross, motorcycle riding or swim goggles and face protectors. Any option is available and not particularly expensive if you compare them to the glasses you're now wearing. A pair of Wayfarers on the web can be found for approximately $180 depending upon the prescription and added options like polarization/scratch resistance and all those sorts of things they offer.

Are they breakable?
Glasses frames of today are a direct beneficiary of technology in many ways. Frames these days are almost indestructible and believe it or not 'Made in USA' by many manufacturers. Of course the less costly frames still come from overseas but the quality specs are best found made by US citizens. Frame welds are top notch and lenses are ground to tight tolerances. They are your eyes after all and the only pair you'll likely get so it is important to spend wisely on them.

The glare of the spotlight
We see them almost every day, the cause celebrity plying their look on the red carpet. Add in some photographers or just a quick stop at a charity high sun outdoor event and the need for sunglasses is a must. DNKY is a favorite of many celebrities on this circuit while Bolle also makes a splash. Depending upon who you are and what your particular claim to fame happens to be, big "Jackie O" type sun glasses are in for the fashionistas while slimmed down action wear works the best for the hunky actor on the scene.

Studious eyewear
Who knew that looking smart was the "in" fashion statement these days. Wearing the correct pair of glasses, to achieve that "smart look", works well with just about any outfit and gives you the ability to go for an entire new set of looks. Clear wireless frames work well in this regard just as much as those "nerdy" looking glasses frames seen in all the movies stereotyping smart people. These frames, however, are a bit more stylized with a more boxed frame then the typical look you may currently be thinking about. Narrower is also a key part of going for this particular look.


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hit The Greens In Style With Golf Sunglasses

If you play a lot of golf you need golf sunglasses.

If you play a lot of golf, then you know the challenges of finding the right kind of sunglasses to let you see the greens and the ball in all kinds of lighting conditions. Avid golfers recognize the need for wearing golf sunglasses that address your needs when playing golf in all kinds of weather. Since you cannot change the direction of the sun when you tee off, you need special golf sunglasses to help you play the best game.

There are several designers that make sunglasses for golf. One of these is NYX and this company has developed a full line of golf sunglasses because they know that regular sun glasses are not enough. There are three different lens styles in these sunglasses made just for golf. The amber lens series of these best sport sunglasses are great for all kinds of contrasting conditions on the golf course. They filter blue light to enhance the color of the greens.

If you want the colors to remain true, then the best sport sunglasses to choose are the NYX golf sunglasses in the traditional line. In this line of sun glasses for golf, you can choose either gray or yellow lenses. The gray lenses in the sun glasses helps to minimize the color shift and the yellow lenses help to increase the flow when the light is low or flat.

Of all the golf sunglasses, the ones that combine the features of the amber and traditional lenses are really the best sport sun glasses for golf. These sunglasses for golf contain a darker lens to reduce the glare and they help improve the visual acuity you need when playing golf.

Golf sunglasses need to be lightweight because of the length of time you are outdoors. They also need to have 100% UV protection in a wraparound design. This feature in sunglasses for golf gives you the ultimate protection and at the same time provides you with unobstructed vision. It’s no good to be able to hit the golf ball really well and make a hole in one if you can’t see the ball.


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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Am I a Good Candidate for Lasik

So many people are interested in the Lasik vision correction procedure, and want to know the benefits, the risks, and how the Lasik procedure works. One of the first things to consider is what requirements a person should meet in order to have a successful Lasik procedure. Though each individual case should be discussed with a qualified Lasik physician, here are some guidelines to see if you are a good candidate for Lasik vision correction.

First, the eye should be properly matured. This means that anyone under the age of 18 really needs to wait before a Lasik procedure is done, for it is likely that the shape of their eye will continue to change for several years. If the eye shape changes after the Lasik operation is done, the clarity of vision will be affected. Some Lasik physicians recommend waiting until age 25 in some cases.

In addition to an age cutoff, the vision prescription for the Lasik candidate should be stable for at least one year, and preferably for longer than that. This is for the same reason as above, that the Lasik procedure will only continue to be effective if the eye shape remains constant after surgery.

One comment about age cutoffs should be made with regard to Lasik surgery. There is no maximum age, as many patients in their fifties to their eighties have had a very successful Lasik procedure. The main consideration in these cases is enough tear production for successful healing and lubrication after the Lasik vision correction.

The eyes of the Lasik candidate should be healthy. This means that any person undergoing a Lasik procedure should have had no eye infection or injury for at least a year, and must have no scarring on the cornea of the eye. In addition, they must not have any recurring eye problem, such as a history of herpes infection in the eyes.

The medical history of a prospective Lasik client also plays an important part. Some chronic conditions, such as autoimmune disorders like Lupus, will prevent some people from being able to schedule a Lasik procedure. You should be very clear about any and all medical conditions that are current, or even completed ones in the past. Also, women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have a Lasik procedure scheduled.

A good Lasik physician will also not schedule people with dry eye syndrome for Lasik vision correction. Having sufficient tear production is important, though for minor problems this may be aided by medication during the healing process. In addition, those people with eyes that dilate very widely are not good candidates for Lasik.

These are most of the most common reasons that a person should look at some other eye improvement choice other than Lasik. Most generally healthy people with standard vision problems benefit greatly from a Lasik procedure done by a trained, professional Lasik physician. Look for a good Lasik center in your area and discuss your individual case in detail.