Changing your diet to eat for good health might not always sound appealing, but the food can still be just as yummy! Our recipe of the week, from EyeCare America, a public service program of The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is a delicious and healthy choice for your vision. Luscious Grapefruit MeringueServes: 4 Ingredients: 3 egg whites1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 cup confectionary sugar2 large pink grapefruits, halved, sections pre-cut for easier eating Cooking Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites with the vanilla cream of tartar and the salt until foamy.Gradually add the confectionary sugar and continue beating until the mixture is shiny and forms stiff peaks.Cover the surface of the each grapefruit half completely with generous gobs of meringue and bake for 15 or 20 minutes until lightly browned.Serve immediately.
- As research found from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2), taking high doses of vitamins and antioxidants can indeed promote macular health, so it's important to understand what this means for you, and the supplements you're taking. People who are at high risk for developing advanced AMD should consider taking a supplement containing the nutrients from the study. Your eye doctor can administer a dilated eye exam to determine if you are at risk of developing advanced AMD. The dosage of the AREDS2 formulation contains 500 milligrams of Vitamin C; 400 IU of Vitamin E; 25 milligrams of zinc; 10 milligrams of lutein and 2 milligrams of zeaxanthin; and 2 milligrams of copper. It's important to speak with your eye doctor to find out if you should begin taking an AREDS2 supplement like Focus Select. While these supplements are not a cure for AMD, taking the AREDS2 formulation was proven to reduce the risk of advanced AMD by about 18%.
- As there are different stages of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are also different levels of care and treatment that go along with those stages. Within the early stages of AMD, there are no treatment options available. Many people will often show no symptoms or signs of vision loss during this stage, which can make it quite difficult to really track your condition. However, one way to do so it to get an inclusive dilated exam at least once a year. In Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), researchers have found that taking nutritional supplements during the intermediate stage of AMD may help delay the start of late AMD, and taking nutritional supplements during late AMD may aid in slowing down vision loss. Combining Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper can lessen the risk of late AMD by 25 percent. There are factors to consider when taking AREDS supplements, making it important to first consult with your doctor to see if it is the right fit for you. Severe vision loss usually takes place during the neovascular stage. There are several therapies doctors may try during this stage to help slow down the progression of this stage and vision loss. Injections: Injecting anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs into the eyes will help to block this protein that stimulates the growth of abnormal blood vessels. Multiple monthly injections may be needed to really make a difference.Photodynamic Therapy: This procedure is less common than anti-VEGF injections but is sometimes combined with them. This technique involves laser treatment of select areas of the retina to close off new, growing blood vessels to slow the rate of vision loss.Laser Surgery: When blood vessel growth is limited to a compact area in the eye, this “hot” laser is aimed to destroy these blood vessels.Your doctor can guide you to find the best solution for your level of AMD.
- Health problems can become more evident as you age. A common eye condition, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), is one condition to be cautious about amongst 60+ year olds, as it is a leading cause of vision loss at that age. AMD is a slow breakdown of cells in the center of the retina, which makes daily activities such as reading and driving more difficult.Some common triggers of AMD include:Smoking: Smoking can actually double the possibility of AMD.Race: AMD is more prevalent among Caucasians than African Americans or Hispanics.Family History & Genetics: A family history of AMD can put you at risk also. Researchers have found that nearly 20 genes can affect the possibility of developing AMD. Like other conditions, there are behaviors to minimize the risk of developing AMD or slow down its development. Making healthy choices such as avoiding smoking, exercising frequently, eating a vigorous diet rich in green, leafy veggies and fish, and sustaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Be sure to visit your eye doctor regularly to keep track of your vision through every stage of your life.
- About 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have advanced age-related macular degeneration with accompanying vision loss, and that number is expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are 65 years and older. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for the central vision necessary to read or drive. How can you support and protect the macula? Focus Vision Supplements delivers two premium eye supplements to sustain macular health. Based off of a large-scale study, AREDS, it has been found that taking high doses of specific antioxidants and zinc could encourage macular health. Focus Macula Pro contains Zinc, Copper, Vitamins A, C and E which supports the AREDS study. While this supplement does not cure or prevent vision loss, it is an aide to support macular health. Focus Macula Pro + Lutein is also based off of the AREDS study. While not only providing the same support that Focus Macula Pro does, Focus Macula Pro + Lutein takes it a step further with the addition of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. It is believed that Lutein and Zeaxanthin block light from reaching the core structures in the retina, decreasing the risk of light induced damage that could lead to AMD.It is important to consult your eye doctor to determine the best choice of premium eye supplements for your eyes.
- A healthy diet fuels your body and contributes to healthy eyes. It is best to start healthy eating habits while in your teens, that way as you age, your chances of serious eye problems, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, will decrease. Vitamin A is typically the first ingredient listed on the label of multivitamin bottles. But, why is Vitamin A essential to keeping your eyes healthy? A shortage of Vitamin A can cause night vision complications and dry eyes, which can ultimately lead to eye infections and vision loss. The intake of Vitamin A may lower your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, pink eye symptoms and the side effects of retinitis pigmentosa. How much Vitamin A do you really need each day in order for it to make an impression? The U.S. recommended dietary allowance for teen boys is 900 micrograms and700 micrograms for teen girls. As mentioned in a previous post, Vitamin A can be found in foods such as beef or chicken liver, milk, eggs and colorful fruits and vegetables. As much as it is good for you, too much Vitamin A can be harmful as well.Vitamin A toxicity symptoms include headaches, loss of appetite, dizziness, skin changes and joint pain. You should not consume more than 2,800 micrograms in a day.
- Eye supplements are nutritional products that contain vitamins and other nutrients in which studies have shown are favorable for maintaining eye health. Eye vitamins are not to substitute the nutrients you get from a healthy diet, but are designed to add to those nutrients. Taking a daily multivitamin can help fill in nutritional gaps in a less-than-optimal diet and will help protect the eyes from eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Focus Vision Supplements provides a wide variety of vitamins that are all beneficial in their own way.Focus Select, Focus MaculaPro: These supplements contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, Zinc and Copper, to support macular health. The macula is accountable for our detailed vision and allows us to enjoy everyday activities. The macula is commonly affected by Age-Related Macular Degeneration.Focus MaculaPro + Lutein: This supplement also promotes macular health, while including Lutein. A study found that beta-carotene could be replaced with lutein and zeaxanthin. These are plant-derived nutrients which can provide additional ocular health benefits for those with a low nutritional consumption of green leafy vegetables. Focus Relief: There is nothing comfortable about dry, burning eyes. Along with other beneficial nutrients, Focus Relief contains Omega-3 fatty acids which provides relief from the symptoms of occasional dry eyes by increasing moisture in the eye.Focus Support: This supplement provides convenience and endless benefits all in one tablet. Focus Support is a daily multivitamin that stimulates strong vision and a healthy body. Important nutrients such as Vitamins C and E, Omega-3 fatty acids and Lutein all form this vitamin to support your vision as you age.
- Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes have different needs at every stage in our life. As these changes are happening, it’s important to know what vision through every stage of life looks like and understand which changes are a normal part of aging and which raise red flags as a concern. Vision in your 20s and 30s In most cases, adults in their 20s and 30s have healthy eyes and can effectively treat vision complications with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, during this age range, it is critical to protect your eyes from detrimental everyday elements – cigarette smoke, UV rays, etc. These are two elements that can increase your risk of age-related macular degeneration later in life. Vision in your 40s Although preventative measures will help maintain healthy eyes throughout your life, changes in vision are also a natural part of aging. During your 40s, the ability to focus, due to the hardening of the lenses in your eyes, may become more difficult. Adjusting the distance between your eyes and reading material will help in this area. Vision in your 50s The possibility of developing a number of age-related eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, will increase as we age. During this age, Glaucoma is definitely one to be aware of. Monitoring your vision for changes and taking multivitamins will aid in decreasing the severity of such eye diseases. Vision in your 60s & beyond Beyond the age of 60 Cataracts become extremely common. It’s inevitable that we will all develop cataracts as we age. Cataracts are caused by tiny clumps of protein molecules, which block light and causes faint vision. If severe impairment is caused to someone, cataract surgery can be performed to repair your vision. No matter what age you are, prevention and a healthy lifestyle is imperative to maintain healthy eyes for years to come.
- When you hear someone say something is “kosher,” they are implying it is genuine or legitamite. This commonly used word has an even greater meaning in Hebrew. Kosher Certification is the process by which a company ensures its pharmaceutical products can be consumed by people who observe the Jewish dietary laws. This certification guarantees consumers that the product satisfies the Jewish laws. Kosher Certification is considered a plus amongst a wide spectrum of consumers both Jewish and non-Jewish. In fact, there have been frequent studies that show consumers will most often choose a product with a Kosher Certification over a comparable item that is not certified. A few ingredients that those who follow a kosher diet need to be cautious of: Magnesium Stearate Rather than being made from animal fat derivatives, Kosher Certification will ensure this ingredient is made from vegetable derivatives. Glycerin Glycerin is made from animal fat, vegetable fat, or petroleum and is often found in cough syrups. Lactose & Gelatin Kosher Certification requires gelatin, which is in many soft gels and gel capsules, to be made from vegetables, a kosher animal, or a kosher fish By obtaining Kosher Certification, consumers who are looking for such certification will be comfortable knowing the product meets their religious beliefs and dietary restrictions. Did you know, Focus Select is now Kosher Certified?
- It’s easy to overlook that what we feed our bellies, is also what we are feeding our eyes. The nutrients from the food we choose to consume is, too, defending and preserving this delicate piece of us that allows us to see life. There are certain nutrients and other substances in food that are especially eye friendly. Eating right to protect your sight has been the ongoing focus of our recent recipes offered via our social media channels. Here, we offer an in depth explanation of the effect of important ingredients mentioned in those recipes as the value of nutrition is irreplaceable when it comes to your eye health.Vitamin A & Zinc: Key for healthy vision. Vitamin A is found in orange and yellow vegetables, such as carrots and squash. Zinc comes from foods such as meat, eggs and seafood. These vitamins work together to allow us to see in the dark. Vitamin C: We consume this antioxidant when we eat fruits and veggies. Vitamin C helps to protect the retina of the eye, which is the layer at the back of the eye that works to collect light and send signals to the brain for visual recognition. Leafy Greens: Eating spinach and kale will protect your eyes against harmful light and prevent against Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Spinach and kale are loaded with Lutein and Zeaxanthin which you can basically think of as the eye’s natural sunglasses. Consuming a variety of foods from each of the major nutrient groups is, no doubt, the best diet for healthy eyes.