Poor Night Vision: What Can You Do?

poor-night-vision-what-can-you-do.jpgPoor night vision or night blindness can be a life-limiting symptom. Night blindness can be caused by either an inherited or acquired reason. Symptoms include difficulty driving at night, tripping over objects when walking in the dark, and slow response when light conditions change (such as entering a dark movie theater). Photoreceptor cells in the retina allow you to see in dim lighting. When they malfunction, vision in dark conditions becomes difficult.

The photoreceptors called “rod cells” are mainly responsible for night vision. Rods can detect single photons and transmit that data to rod bipolar cells. This makes dim light information more usable to the brain.

Acquired Causes of Poor Night Vision

Vitamin A Deficiency. Vitamin A is required to make the chemical rhodopsin, crucial to night vision. Dietary deficiency of Vitamin A is uncommon in developed countries. Proper absorption is key. Iron or zinc deficiency, small bowel bypass surgery, and too much alcohol can impair Vitamin A absorption. Inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic issues, and fibrosis can cause Vitamin A issues. Low fat diets may not have enough vitamin A. Many orange, yellow, and dark leafy green foods are rich in beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. People with thyroid issues may have difficulty in converting beta carotene into Vitamin A as well. Note: Vitamin A deficiencies need early treatment or vision damage can be permanent.

Cataracts. Cloudy spots on the lens obscure vision.

Myopia (nearsightedness). A symptom of uncorrected myopia can result in night blindness.

Medications. If a glaucoma medication side-effect is pupil constriction, night vision can be compromised.

Other diseases and conditions. Cystic fibrosis, cirrhosis of the liver, gastric bypass, celiac disease, obstruction of the bile duct (gallstones), and diabetes can reduce night vision.

Congenital Causes of Poor Night Vision

Genetics. Inherited genetic mutations can cause night blindness.

Retinitis Pigmentosa. Genetic problems result in damage to the retina, impairing night vision, as well as central and peripheral vision. Usher syndrome results in hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa.

How Night Blindness Is Diagnosed

poor-night-vision-what-can-you-do-1.jpgContrary to popular belief, night blindness cannot be self-diagnosed. The biggest danger is driving at night. Injuries are likely when walking in insufficient light. Therefore, anyone who is concerned about their night vision should consult an eye doctor.

The eye doctor will run several painless tests to measure pupil adaptation, your ability to see color, and visual acuity. The doctor will also apply dilating drops and examine most of the structures of the eye.

You may need an electroretinogram to measure how your rods and cones react to light. The doctor may order visual field testing if the cause might be glaucoma, another eye disease, or stroke. He or she may also order an OCT (optical coherence tomography) scan which gives a detailed view of the layers of the retina and optic nerve, and provides a baseline to compare in future scans.

You should be having regular eye exams regardless. Ask your eye doctor if you suspect night vision problems.

Prognosis

Poor night vision will not resolve itself. Clean your windshield and glasses in case it is just glare. Consult an eye doctor.

Standard Treatments for Poor Night Vision

The primary treatment for night blindness depends on the cause.

If the cause of night blindness is congenital, regular care from an eye care specialist is crucial. The condition is life-long. Read the rest of this article to see how you can support your night vision naturally. Do whatever is necessary prevent injuries at night and in dark basements, caves, etc. The doctor may tell your state Department of Motor Vehicles to add a “daylight driving only” restriction to your driver’s license, for the safety of yourself and others.

Acquired night blindness treatment depends on the cause.

  • Cataracts (moderate to mature) are typically treated thru surgery by replacing them with an artificial lens. If you need to delay surgery for medical reasons for example, see our cataracts page. Early stage cataracts may still impact night vision (particularly due to glare at night), so there are natural approaches that may help with this.
  • Myopia can be treated with the right prescription lenses.
  • Vitamin A deficiency or malabsorption reacts well to a better diet and supplements. Sometimes the doctor can change a problematic medication.
  • Glaucoma patients may do better on a different medication.
  • Attempt to better control other conditions or diseases if they are causing night blindness.

In the future, stem cell therapy may provide relief for night blindness.

Poor Night Vision and Supplements

While Vitamin A deficiency is a well-known cause of night blindness, other nutrients may also play a role.

  • The antioxidant astaxanthin is the pink color in certain seafood and certain algae. A champion eye nutrient, astaxanthin protects the cells and support eye circulation, and helps protect the eyes against sunlight and blue light exposure from mobile and other electronic devices. Recommended: 6 mg/day.
  • The dark purple color of bilberries comes in part from rhodopsin. Rhodopsin nourishes the rods in the retina, which are crucial for night vision. Bilberry supplements improved poor night vision patients’ rate of adapting to darkness.1 180 mg – 240 mg/day.
  • Found abundantly in certain vegetables and egg yolks, lutein and zeaxanthin together are a powerful eye protection combination. Important food sources: dark leafy greens, zucchini, peas, brussels sprouts, pumpkin, lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, carrots, and pistachios. Lutein and zeaxanthin help the eyes by filtering out blue light and protecting healthy eye cells. Although there are 600 carotenoids in nature, the retina uses these two the most. only these two are deposited in high quantities in the retina (macula) of the eye. Lutein: 6 mg – 20 mg/day. Zeaxanthin: 2 mg – 12 mg/day. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found both in the retina and lens of the eyes, and also act to filter out light (UVA/UVB and Blue light), helping to protect our eyes from exposure to sunlight and blue light from mobile and other electronic devices.
  • If you are low on vitamin A, check with a nutritionist or doctor about the best supplement plan tailored to your needs.
  • Taurine helps rhodopsin regenerate, a crucial process for night vision. The amino acid taurine is produced by the body, and it is abundant in high-protein animal foods such as milk, eggs, seafoods, and meat. Ten times more taurine is in the photoreceptors than any other amino acid. 750 mg – 1000 mg per day.
  • Insufficient omega-3 fatty acids are wide-spread. However, these nutrients are important for healthy rod cells. Food sources include certain seafood (salmon, cod liver oil, sardines, herring, mackerel, oysters, anchovies, caviar), walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and soybeans. 2,000 mg – 3,000 mg/day.

Other night-vision-friendly nutrients include zinc, green tea extract, ginkgo biloba, and vitamin B complex.

Poor Night Vision and Diet

People with poor night vision should follow the Vision Diet, a variation on the Mediterranean Diet. Additionally, consume plenty of beta-carotene rich foods, nuts and seeds, and dark berries.

Make fresh, organic, ideally home-made juice. Include fruits, vegetables, and some of: ginger, garlic, parsley, turnips, spinach, blueberries, beets, carrots, watercress, and wheatgrass.

Additional Support

In some cases of night blindness, microcurrent stimulation can help. A microcurrent stimulation machine designed for the eyes can improve retinal circulation and increase energy production in the retinal cells.

Eye exercises can be helpful for many eye conditions.

Protect the eyes from blue light. Wear wraparound 100% UVA/UVB protecting sunglasses when outside, preferably with a polarized coating, and blue light filtering glasses when on the computer or using mobile phones. Amber colored lenses are the best for neutralizing blue light.

If you still have active, functioning rods, Chinese Medicine can be helpful. Consult a doctor of Chinese Medicine, who may use acupuncture and herbs to address night blindness.

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Save Your Vision at All Stages in Life

save-your-vision-at-all-stages-in-life.jpgHow can you save your vision regardless of your age? Eye disease is prevalent in seniors; however, people of all ages can take steps to protect their eyes. Here is Natural Eye Care’s guide to preserving the precious gift of sight.

At All Ages

Wear Sunglasses: The earth’s atmosphere has thinned, exposing our eyes to more ultraviolet light whenever we are outdoors. Wear 100% UVA/UVB protecting sunglasses when you are outside in the sunlight, driving, skiing, or on the water. Amber-colored lenses are the best for neutralizing blue light. Help protect your eyes from free radical damage, cataracts, and skin cancer of the eyelids.

Protect Your Eyes with Goggles: Working with metal or wood? Playing sports? On a construction site or in your garage? Swimming in a pool? Protect your eyes with goggles suited to the task.

Limit Screen Time: These days, eyes are focused on a screen much of the time. Between flat-screen televisions, computers, video games, smartphones and tablets, our eyes need a break! So much close-up focus causes headaches, eye strain, dry eye and more. Take breaks, look away into the distance, and exercise your eyes regularly. Dr. Grossman and Michael Edson, co-founders of Natural Eye Care, demonstrate eye exercises on the company’s YouTube Channel.

Screens project blue light. Too much blue light damages the retina and lens. Therefore, limiting screen time helps prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and eyestrain. Use software and monitor settings to filter out some of the blue light. Restricting blue light at night is especially important. Blue light tells the brain to wake up, causing sleep disturbances. When settling down for bed, read a book to relax. You can wear blue light blocking glasses when working on electronic devices in the evening.

Regular Eye Exams: Even if you don’t wear glasses, you should get a routine eye exam every 1 to 2 years. If you have an eye condition, go once a year or as recommended by the doctor. Most seniors should go annually or whenever they notice vision changes.

Ages 30 to 39: Exercise

Regular exercise is an important habit to establish in adult life. Schedule trips to the gym, walking, jogging, sports, cycling, swimming, surfing, and other activities. Write at least four appointments to exercise into your weekly calendar. Exercising marries well with socializing. Try paintball, tennis, golf, or leagues. If you have children, make exercise a family activity. Remember to include aerobics, stretching, flexibility exercises, and strength training.

If you started smoking and haven’t stopped, now is the time to quit. The long-term effects of smoking tobacco are well-known. Smokers are up to twice more likely to develop macular degeneration and 16 times more likely to get an optic neuropathy. The long-term effects of vaping are unknown, but vape can be a step in tapering off cigarettes. Ideally, avoid inhaling smoke of any kind.

Ages 40 – 49

You may find that letters close-up start to look fuzzy. The lens becomes thicker and less flexible in middle age. This is called Presbyopia. “Readers” are inexpensive glasses that magnify text and other close-up objects. If you already wear glasses, your optometrist or optician can add bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses to your next prescription. Eye exercises can help you focus more sharply and even help improve vision in a way to help manage the effects of presbyopia.

Dry eyes may develop in middle age for one of several reasons. Using a computer slows down the blink rate, making eyes drier. Women who get itchy, burning, uncomfortable, gritty feelings in the eye could be peri-menopausal or menopausal. Hormonal changes tend to dry out the eyes. If “Natural Tears” rewetting drops do not relieve symptoms, consult your eye doctor. More powerful drops are available for the tough cases.

There are natural formulas that help moisten the body internally and support natural tear production as well.

A small percentage of the population have dry eyes and dry mouth due to Sjogren’s Syndrome. This autoimmune disorder shows up starting in middle age. Your doctor can test for this disease if necessary.

Ages 50-59

Now is the time to start fending off eye disease that is so common in seniors. Your lifestyle during your remaining years will have a strong impact on your vision health.

The primary defense against eye disease is antioxidants. Antioxidants are found abundantly in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish oil. Reduce junky, fatty, sugary, and refined foods. Replace them with plenty of healthy foods. Many brightly colored fruits and vegetables are especially good for the eyes. Blueberries, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet corn, for example, contain carotenoids. Carotenoids are proven to protect the eyes from free radical damage.

Very healthy diets for the eyes are the Modified Mediterranean Diet and the South Beach Diet. Juicing fresh vegetables with some fruit is a shortcut to getting extra nutrients.

Your ability to absorb nutrients will gradually decline. In addition to changing your diet, consider supplementing with eye-critical nutrients. Take supplements that have 10 mg of lutein, and 2 mg to 12 mg of zeaxanthin. These two powerful antioxidants have been shown scientifically to support the eyes. Also, take 6 mg to 12 mg of astaxanthin (a red nutrient from algae and certain seafood) and 2,000 mg to 3,000 mg of Vitamin C (preferably buffered and in an ascorbate form) daily. Learn more about supplements for the eyes.

If you are a heavy drinker or smoker, cut back or stop now. Your risk of getting many diseases will go back to normal over time. Ask your doctor if you need help.

Ages 60 – 69

If you have not been getting regular eye exams before your 60’s, you definitely need to start getting them now! An annual dilated eye exam will include screening for:

  • Cataracts. The most common cause of blindness worldwide is cataracts. The eye’s lenses develop opaque spots. In the United States, the doctor will likely recommend cataract surgery when he or she cannot refract your vision better than 20/40 due to the cataract. With cataract surgery, an eye surgeon replaces the lens with an artificial lens. See alternatives which have the potential for helping with early to moderate stage cataracts naturally.
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Only the eye doctor can spot the first signs: fatty deposits in the eye called “drusen.” Macular Degeneration damages central vision, making reading, driving, and cooking difficult. Poor circulation and delivery of essential nutrients to the eyes may result in AMD and are usually a major factor in looking at natural ways to help with this and maintain healthy vision.
  • Glaucoma quietly steals peripheral vision. Poor circulation and delivery of essential nutrients to the eyes may contribute to or result in glaucoma. By the time central vision loss is noticeable, damage to the optic nerve is irreversible. Early treatment can slow down the disease’s progression.
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • For Diabetics: Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Other Eye Diseases

High blood pressure and heart disease are common in seniors. The doctor might be nagging you to eat right and get fit. Listen! Follow the instructions for the 50-59-year-olds above.

Did you know that atherosclerosis can damage your eyes? The eyes have tiny arteries and veins. Retinal Artery Occlusion can cause permanent vision loss. Retinal Vein Occlusion causes hemorrhaging and has the same risk factors as stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Educate yourself on the signs of eye disease. Print out an Amsler Grid and use it regularly to screen yourself for Macular Degeneration.

Consult your eye doctor between regular appointments whenever you have vision changes. If you have diabetes, you might chalk up vision changes to diabetic retinopathy. You may be developing a different eye disease that could be treated if caught early.

Ages 70 – 79

Aging will be much more comfortable if you keep exercising regularly and sensibly.

Look up your caloric needs in a chart or using a Caloric Needs Calculator online. You may need to start juicing or take supplements to get all the nutrients you need.

Ages 80 and Up

At the 80-year mark, start seeing the eye doctor 1-2 times per year.

While you might not be running marathons anymore, be sure to take a walk in fresh air every day. If the weather is bad or the ground is slippery, try mall walking or a treadmill. Include gentle strength training twice per week. Cycling on a three-wheel recumbent or upright bike reduces the chances of falling.

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The Hidden Perils of Eye Rubbing

Written by
Dr. David Evans
Last modified on December 14, 2018

How often do you rub your eyes? It’s a perfectly natural thing that we all find ourselves doing from time to time. Whether you’re tired from an early morning rise, have an itch you need to scratch or are experiencing fatigue related to digital eye strain, rubbing your eyes can often provide the short-term relief you crave. But at what cost?

Generally speaking, eye rubbing isn’t always a negative. Rubbing the eyes can stimulate tear production which can lubricate and offer relief for dry, itchy eyes. The pressure that rubbing puts on the eyes can also stimulate the vagus nerve, which lowers your heartrate and helps to relieve stress. Thus the satisfied feeling from rubbing your eyes. However, if you make it a frequent habit, or are a little over-aggressive with the pressure against the eye, you could cause permanent damage to your eyes.

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Superficial Damage

Dark circles around your eyes or constant bloodshot eyes are sometimes a reaction to eye rubbing. This is because the tiny blood vessels of the eye can be damaged from excessive rubbing. Vessel breakage can have cosmetic consequences in and around the eyes. Have you ever had a strand of blood vessels in the white (sclera) of your eye seemingly appear out of nowhere? This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage and can result from the increased eye pressure associated with frequent eye rubbing.

Damage to the Cornea

Although the superficial damage caused by rubbing can be a bit of a literal eye sore, the bigger concern is damage to the health of the eye and vision. Chronic eye rubbing can alter the shape of the cornea and lead to conditions like keratoconus which cause vision distortion. This sort of damage would certainly be an extreme reaction to eye rubbing, but the cornea can also be damaged by the abrasive nature of rubbing.

If you’ve got a bothersome eyelash stuck on your cornea, or even something as small as a speck of dust causing an itch, rubbing can cause it to scratch the cornea, leading to a rather painful corneal abrasion. Although scratches are typically considered to be a minor injury, a corneal scratch can lead to pink eye and extreme light sensitivity.

An Infectious Touch

Speaking of pink eye, corneal abrasions aren’t the only way that rubbing your eyes could lead to you developing this nasty eye infection. Unless you make it a habit of washing your hands before rubbing your eyes, you’re risking the transfer of bacteria you might have picked up from opening a door, or shaking hands. The same way that you can catch a cold or flu by this sort of contact, you can infect your eyes.

Allergy Sufferers Beware

If you’re prone to allergies like me, you’re no doubt aware of the terrible itching sensation that allergy-related dry eyes can cause. But don’t sacrifice long-term comfort for short-term relief. Rubbing your eyes can actually exacerbate the itchiness by interfering with your body’s natural immune response to fighting allergies.

Underlying Conditions

Eye rubbing is particularly bad for people dealing with an underlying eye condition like glaucoma. The spike in ocular pressure associated with eye rubbing can interfere with blood flow to the back of the eye, which results in further nerve damage and vision loss.

Similarly, if you’ve recently undergone an eye procedure like LASIK or cataract surgery, your doctor will have advised you to avoid rubbing your eyes altogether, as it could negatively impact the healing surfaces in the eye quality of your results. This is why patients are often advised to sleep wearing a protective cover for the eyes to avoid accidental contact.

A Non-rubbing Alternative to Eye Rubbing

If you’ve got dry-eye related itchiness, try using over-the-counter eye drops to help lubricate and relieve. A neat trick is to store your drops in the refrigerator. The coolness adds another soothing dimension that helps provide immediate relief. (Be sure to check the label to make sure that cold storage is okay for your particular brand of drops.)

If you’ve got dust or other foreign particles in your eye that are causing discomfort, try using a saline eyewash to help flush them out. Similar to eye drops, these washes offer the added benefit of soothing and cooling the eyes.

If all else fails and you’re dealing with chronic itchiness or discomfort of the eyes, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to see if there is an underlying issue at play.

Remember, it’s okay to give your eyes a little rub every now and again, but always be conscious of the pressure that you’re applying, the frequency with which you’re doing it, and whether or not your hands are clean.

 

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Do You Have a Common Eye Disorder?

Common Eye Disorders

If so, you’re in good company. Millions of Americans need to have their vision corrected, whether that’s through eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. If you are having trouble seeing well there’s no reason for you to just put up with it. Poor vision impacts your quality of life and may make it unsafe for you to do certain things.

About eleven million Americans aged twelve and older could improve their vision through proper refractive correction, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 3.3 million aged forty and older are either legally blind or have low vision. The top reasons for blindness and low vision in the country are mostly related to age, including macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

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Refractive Errors

These are the most common sight problems in the country. They include myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (distorted vision at all distances) and presbyopia (inability to focus up close) which happens to those between the ages of forty and fifty. These conditions can be corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses or sometimes surgery.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is an eye disorder closely associated with aging. It blurs your central vision. The disorder affects the macula, the central part the retina that allows us to see fine details. It’s estimated that there will be 2.95 million Americans with macular degeneration in 2020. It’s the top cause for permanent impairment of reading and fine or close-up vision among those 65 and older.

Cataract

Cataract is the clouding of an eye’s lens. It’s the leading cause of blindness worldwide and of vision loss in the US. Treatment for the removal of cataracts is widely available, including here at the Lehigh Valley Center for Sight. About 20.5 million Americans 40 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes with 6.1 million having had a lens removed through surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common side effect of diabetes and the leading cause of blindness for American adults. Over time there is increasing damage to the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. It normally affects both eyes. Early DR diagnosis and timely treatment reduce the chances of vision loss. About half of those with DR aren’t getting eye examinations or are diagnosed too late for effective treatment.

Glaucoma

This covers a group of diseases that harm the eye’s optic nerve. Glaucoma has been traditionally tested by determining if normal fluid pressure inside the eyes has risen but recent studies show glaucoma may be present when there’s normal eye pressure. Early treatment can prevent serious vision loss due to glaucoma. It has two categories, “open angle” and “closed angle.” Open angle is a chronic condition that progresses slowly over a long period of time. Angle closure can appear suddenly and loss of vision can progress quickly.

If you or a loved have questions or concerns about your vision, contact the Lehigh Valley Center for Sight at 610-437-4988 or fill out our contact form so we can start the conversation and work together to protect your sight.

Houman Ahdieh, MD
Lehigh Valley Center for Sight
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eyedoc@lvcenter4sight.com

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The Effects of Screen Time for Kids

the-effects-of-screen-time-for-kids.jpgthe-effects-of-screen-time-for-kids.jpgAs the holidays approach, there are many digital gadgets children may be asking for or receiving. Some of the more popular gifts include flat-screen TVs, tablets, phones, streaming devices (Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, etc.), and gaming systems. Even Fisher-Price is offering the Think & Learn Smart Cycle, which syncs with a tablet for kids to play learning games while they ride the attached stationary bike. While some of these devices add learning opportunities, most of them come with added screen time, which may be cause for concern. The effects of excessive screen time are usually considered when adults work on computers for 8+ hours a day, but parents are starting to notice their children’s symptoms.

Device Use & Symptoms in Young People

In a survey of 300 US parents, half of the participants reported that their children spend too much time on devices. However, over two-thirds believe device usage won’t change and say they won’t be cutting back any time soon. Because of this excessive screen time, over 70% of parents admit that their children experience symptoms from device overuse. The top complaints include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Dried out eyes
  • Strained eyes
  • Tired eyes

What Can Eye Care Professionals Do to Help?

Most parents are aware that overuse of digital screens is part of the problem but don’t know how to fix it. In a survey of 114 US moms, 75% said that they take their children to an optometrist. This gives ODs an opportunity to help kids experience less screen time symptoms. Here are a few tips you can give your patients.

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While there’s no end in sight for excessive screen time for kids, there are ways to help your patients and their children reduce the symptoms associated with overusing devices. Start sharing these tips so your patients can enjoy a holiday season free of excessive screen time discomfort.

Sources

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  3. Brown, William J. “25 Cool Gadgets That Make Great Gifts This Holiday Season (Under $60).” MyWeeklyAdvice, MyWeeklyAdvice, 4 Oct. 2018, myweeklyadvice.com/sponsored/25-cool-gadgets/.
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Keep Your Eyes Comfortable During the Cold Winter Months

keep-your-eyes-comfortable-during-the-cold-winter-months.jpgHarsh weather conditions can reduce the natural moisture in your eyes and the irritation usually results in a burning or itching sensation that often leads to rubbing or scratching your eyes which can worsen the symptoms. Sometimes it feels like there is a foreign object in your eye and for some, dry eyes can even cause excessive tearing, as your eyes try to overcompensate for their lack of protective tears. Prolonged, untreated dry eyes can lead to blurred vision as well. Between the harsh winter winds outside and the dry heat radiating inside, our eyes are very quickly irritated and dried in the winter months.  The result is itchy, dry eyes that may cause pain, blurred vision, a burning sensation, or even watery vision as our eyes try to compensate for the dryness.

What Are The Symptoms?

  • Uncomfortable, stingy, burning or scratchy feeling.
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Eye fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Periods of excessive tearing
  • Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period

10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR EYES COMFORTABLE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS

Whatever the symptoms, dry eyes can cause significant discomfort during the long winters and relief can seriously improve your quality of life.

  1. To keep eyes moist, apply artificial tears/eye drops a few times a day. If you have chronic dry eyes, speak to your eye doctor about the best product for your condition.
  2. Drink a lot of fluids – keeping your body hydrated will also help maintain the moisture in your eyes.
  3. If you spend a lot of time indoors in heated environments, use a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air.
  4. Try to situate yourself away from sources of heat, especially if they are blowing. While a nice cozy fire can add to the perfect winter evening, make sure to keep your distance so dry eyes don’t ruin it.
  5. Staring at a computer or digital device for extended amounts of time can further dry out your eyes. If you spend a lot of time staring at the screen, make sure you blink often and practice the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Use artificial tears often to lubricate eyes during long periods of using your eyes.
  6. Avoid air blowing in your eyes. Don’t direct hair dryers, car heaters, air conditioners or fans toward your eyes. In your car, direct heat to floor vents and away from your eyes once your windshield is defrosted.
  7. Stop smoking and avoid smoky environments.
  8. Don’t rub your eyes! This will only increase irritation and can also lead to infections if your hands are not clean.
  9. Give your eyes a break and break out your glasses. If your contact lenses are causing further irritation, take a break and wear your glasses for a few hours or days. Also talk to your optometrist about switching to contacts that are better for dry eyes.
  10. Protect your eyes. If you know you are going to be venturing into harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold or wind, make sure you wear protection. Try large, 100% UV protective eyeglasses and a hat with a visor to keep the wind and particles from getting near your eyes. If you are a winter sports enthusiast, make sure you wear well-fitted ski goggles.

If you find that after following these tips you continue to suffer, contact your eye doctor.

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Part 1- EyePromise Restore Ingredients: What Do They Do?

part-1-eyepromise-restore-ingredients-what-do-they-do.jpgpart-1-eyepromise-restore-ingredients-what-do-they-do.jpgLearn how EyePromise® Restore ingredients work together to protect and improve your eye health.

With every vitamin, it’s important to know exactly what you’re putting into your body and how it will affect your health. The same standard should be set for Restore. Today, we’re focusing on how the following Restore ingredients improve eye health:

  • Zeaxanthin
  • Lutein
  • Omega-3
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin E

Zeaxanthin

This nutrient is the most powerful ingredient in Restore for protecting and improving vision. Zeaxanthin acts as your “internal sunglasses,” meaning it shields and protects your vision from harmful levels of blue light. Blue light is everywhere: it can come from the sun, digital devices around the house, and even certain kinds of indoor lighting. We need the protection zeaxanthin provides, especially as we age. You can find zeaxanthin in foods like orange peppers, corn, and dark leafy greens. It’s nearly impossible to consume the right amounts of these foods to adequately protect your vision. Taking an eye vitamin with dietary zeaxanthin like Restore is the best way to get the right amount your eyes need.

Lutein

This antioxidant works alongside zeaxanthin in protecting and improving vision. Finding an eye vitamin with both dietary zeaxanthin and lutein is critical in protecting vision from age-related eye health issues: they work better together. Large amounts of lutein can be found in marigolds and dark leafy greens.

Omega-3

High-quality fish oil can greatly benefit eye health. Two vital Omega-3s are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These significantly impact brain and eye health, as DHA can be found in the brain and retina. Low levels of DHA can actually lead to vision issues, including occasional dry eye. Foods like cold-water fish, flaxseed, and walnuts all contain Omega-3 fish oil.

Zinc

The Restore formula contains trace amounts of this mineral because of its role in bringing Vitamin A from the liver to the retina. Zinc helps produce pigment in the eyes which helps protect vision. People who are at high risk for age-related eye health issues or who are already experiencing them may benefit from increased zinc intake. Pumpkin seeds, garlic, and dark chocolate contain zinc.

Vitamin E

This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells throughout the body from damage caused by free radicals. Harmful free radicals in the body can result from exposure to environmental pollutants like cigarette smoke. Research suggests Vitamin E can help reduce the worsening of age-related eye health issues among people who show early signs. Foods like almonds, spinach, and chard have certain amounts of Vitamin E in them.

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