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Vision Health Tip: Watch What You Eat!

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According to a recent report, a 14-year-old boy in the U.K. has suffered vision loss after years of a diet consisting mainly of potato chips, French fries, white bread and processed pork snacks. “This case highlights the impact of diet on visual health,” says Dr. Denize Atan, a lecturer in Ophthalmology at Bristol Medical School. Allen Taylor, director of the Nutrition and...

‘Vision Van’ Drives Home the Importance of Eye Exams

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Everyone has a vision. For Dr. Rohit Varma, it’s a world where preventable blindness is a thing of the past. The world-renowned eye care specialist oversees the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s Southern California Eyecare and Vision Research Institute, which brings eye care to underdiagnosed and undertreated individuals with visual impairment throughout Los Angeles County and...

Watch Out: Cheap Eyeglasses Can Cost You

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If you’ve bought eyeglasses at a drugstore or discount store to save money, they could cost you more than you think—especially when it comes to your vision and overall health. Here are five reasons to avoid cheap glasses: The frames break. Cheap eyeglasses are often made of inferior material that breaks easily. Plastic frames, for example, weaken with age, sunlight and facial oils. The...

Want Healthy Posture? Get Your Eyes Checked.

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Ever noticed how people with poor eyesight tend to thrust their head forward in order to see or read? With the human adult skull weighing about 10 pounds, that’s a lot of strain on the neck and shoulders and, over time, we can end up like Quasimodo. That’s reason enough to have your eyes checked regularly. A vision plan from your association and AMBA can save you hundreds of dollars...

Eggs Are the New Carrots: Eat ‘Em for Good Vision

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The effect of nutrition on vision isn’t late breaking news. We’ve all heard that carrots are good for our eyes—and now eggs have been found to be beneficial as well. A 15-year study of people 49 and older has revealed that consuming two or more eggs a week reduced wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) by 62% compared to those who ate one egg or fewer. wAMD is an age-related...

Stop Cleaning Your Eyeglasses Like Grandma

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She might have known how to milk a cow.  Or even cure the common cold.  However, using spit and the corner of her apron was not a skillful way to clean her glasses. According to Mark Agnew, founder and CEO of Eyeglasses.com, improper cleaning is how most lenses and frames get scratched. “Cleaning eyeglasses is best done with warm soapy water,” he advises. “If you clean...

Getting Your Eyes in Shape for Summer

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As we do our best to get (or stay) healthy for summer, it’s important to take special care of our eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology emphasizes protection against: Reflections – When the sun bounces off metal, water, or sand, ultraviolent (UV) rays can burn the surface of your eye, causing pain, blurriness and temporary vision loss. Wear 100% UV Protection sunglasses. A broad...

Can You Trust Your Own Eyes?

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Of the five senses, sight is the one many of us rely on most. Ironically, it’s the least reliable. Since ancient times, meditators and scientists have studied how we receive and process information to form perceptions, thoughts and emotions. And what they’ve learned about the senses makes perfect sense. The closer the sense object to the sense organ, the more reliable the information...

Now They Can Detect Diabetes Just By Looking You In The Eye

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Comprehensive eye exams are revealing a lot more than outdated lens prescriptions. Early signs of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, cancer and MS are being detected by eye doctors everywhere. A study by Human Capital Management Services Group found that eye doctors detected signs of certain chronic conditions before any other healthcare provider—65% of the time for high...

Open Your Eyes: Vision Health Starts With Prevention

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It may be an old saying, but it’s nonetheless true: prevention is always the best medicine. We humans are vision-dominant creatures. For the vast majority of us who have our sight and have not lost it due to disease or injury, eyesight informs everything we do, yet we often take our eyes for granted. One American becomes visually impaired or blind every seven minutes, according to a study...

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