Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is the deterioration of a part of the retina called the macula, which controls your ability to see fine detail. This disease is the leading cause of vision loss among Americans above the age of 65. Fight AMD with MacuHealth®, a soft-gel supplement that contains LMZ3 that’s designed to help enhance your vision by revitalizing the natural pigments in your eyes.
How Does It Work?
MacuHealth® with LMZ3 contains three essential nutrients: lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin, which make up the natural substance known as macular pigment. With regular consumption of these essential carotenoids, you can reduce the onset of AMD and loss of central vision by decreasing the amount of oxidative stress on the macula.
Studies have shown that consuming these nutrients in a 10:10:2 formulation is crucial to maintaining healthy vision. While lutein and zeaxanthin can be found in many vegetables, meso-zeaxanthin is more commonly found in trout. Unfortunately, the standard Western diet does not provide enough nutrients to fully supplement your eyes’ needs. As a result, many experts believe that taking supplements is the optimum method of protecting your macula.
Who Is It For?
MacuHealth® is for you if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Seeing a blurry or blind spot in the center of your field of vision
- Colors seem more muted and less vibrant
- You require more light when reading and experience difficulty in low-lit areas
- Printed words appear blurry
- Have difficulty recognizing faces
- Overall blurry or hazy vision
- Glare bothers you
Talk to our Lake Worth eye doctors immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
MacuHealth® Fights Blindness
Macular degeneration progresses differently for every individual. In some, it may advance more slowly, while there are those who may suffer faster loss of vision in one or both eyes. The nutrients found in MacuHealth supplements have been shown to reduce the risk of AMD and even improve overall visual acuity in some cases.
Harmful Blue Light
Blue light is a high-energy visible light, defined with a wavelength that falls between 450-495 nm. Like ultraviolet light and radiation, it poses both benefits and dangers to human beings. Below, we detail some facts about blue light.
Understanding Blue Light
While blue light is primarily present in sunlight, it is becoming increasingly common indoors as well. This is due to the popularity of fluorescent and LED lighting and appliances. Flat screen televisions, computer and laptop display panels, smartphones, and tablets are all significant sources of blue light. Even though they only emit a fraction generated by the sun, the amount of time we spend in close proximity using these devices have had many eye care professionals concerned about its possible long-term effects.
Blue Light’s Effect on the Eye
While the cornea and lens of the eye are effective at blocking the sun’s ultraviolet rays from reaching the retina, all blue light passes through the anterior parts of the eye.
Because the light can make its way to the retina, it can damage the light-sensitive cells contained within. This results in changes to the retina that can cause degeneration of the macula, which can then lead to permanent loss of vision as the macular pigment deteriorates.
If you have ever spent over two or more hours in front of a computer or mobile device, chances are you’ve also experienced digital eye strain. It is defined as physical eye discomfort after using digital devices for extended periods of time. Blue light contributes to that strain, because phones, laptops, and tablets all use LEDs, which emit significant amounts of blue light.
Benefits of Blue Light
Blue light is important in regulating the body’s natural sleeping and waking cycles, also known as the circadian rhythm. Exposing yourself to it during the day can help you maintain that rhythm, but it can be disrupted if you expose yourself to artificial blue light sources excessively at night. You may want to look into lowering the brightness on your devices or using its “night mode” if it is available. In this way, you can prevent sleepless nights and feeling fatigued during the day.
High-energy visible light like blue light has also been shown to boost alertness, memory and cognitive function, as well as elevate your mood. For those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (a depressive condition that is tied to the changing of seasons), light therapy using HEVs is usually administered.
Dry Eye Syndrome
More than 22 Million People suffer from Dry Eyes.
Symptoms you may be experiencing: Burning, stinging, itchiness, light sensitivity, grittiness, scratchiness, redness, blurred vision.
The exact causes of your dry eyes are as individual as you are. Our Dry Eye Specialists will give you a comprehensive evaluation to assess the specific cause of your condition. Some conditions that could be causing your discomfort are outlined below:
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye is a multi-factorial disease of the tears and the ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. Dry eye is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface. It results when your body is unable to produce good quality tears at the rate your body needs.
Blepharitis is a common condition resulting from a build up of debris and bacteria on the eyelid margin and lashes. It can also affect the small oil glands of the eyelid margins. The symptoms of blepharitis may include burning, itching, irritation and tearing of the eyes. This condition can usually be treated with proper lid hygiene, but sometimes requires medications.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian glands are the oil producing glands in the upper and lower eyelids. They are responsible for the slow release of oil into the tear film. When the glands are clogged, the absence of the oily layer can cause evaporation of the natural tear layer causing dry eyes. This chronic obstruction can also result in swelling of the eyelid, termed a hordeolum/chalazion or more commonly “stye”.
We initiate a multitude of treatment modalities including medicinal therapy, dry eye vitamin supplements as well as puntal occlusion with collagen punctual plugs.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above, please call our Vision Source office to make an appointment.