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Laser Treatment Blasts Eye Floaters

Eye floaters, the spots and strings that drift across the visual field, can range from an annoyance to a downright problem if they interfere with the ability to drive or read. Traditionally, doctors have been hesitant to treat them, as the only option was an invasive and risky procedure called

Enjoy a Clearer More Colorful Day

In a normal eye, light passes through a clear lens to the retina, where it is changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. The eye’s lens is made mostly of water and protein. Some of that protein may clump together and form what’s called a cataract, which

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a

Eye Exam Can Reveal Alzheimer’s Disease

An eye examination may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) years or even decades before any clinical symptoms appear, suggests a small study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that people in the preclinical stage of AD had significant

Research Sheds Light on Vitamins For Eyesight

Research Sheds Light on Vitamins For Eyesight

Thanks to the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS and AREDS2), we know that high-dose vitamins for eyesight supplements containing vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, zinc, and the antioxidant beta-carotene helped slow disease progression in people who were at risk for developing advanced age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. We also

Mediterranean Diet Benefits Eye Health

About 1.8 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that is a major cause of vision loss in the United States. By 2020, that number is expected to climb to nearly 3 million. While it remains unclear what causes AMD, evidence increasingly suggests that poor nutrition may play

Eating for Eyesight: Which Foods Protect Your Eyes?

Eating for Eyesight: Which Foods Protect Your Eyes?

Can what you eat affect your eyesight? And which foods protect your eyes? Research shows that three particular carotenoids, each of them antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, play a role in good vision: lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin.

Studies verify that astaxanthin protects the eyes against damage and daily wear-and-tear[1], decreases eye fatigue,

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right

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