Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)


What is Age Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, AMD, is a condition which affects the eye and involves the deterioration of the retina, the light sensing cells in the central area of vision, to a point when one’s vision can be seriously impaired or even lead to blindness. The area in the centre is called the macula, the part of the eye which enables a person to carry out daily activities such as reading and driving. The most distinguishing aspect of macular degeneration is round spots covering the person’s field of vision so that it is difficult to see things that are straight ahead. The peripheral vision remains unchanged which means that people can still continue with routine daily tasks. Read More…

Managing Glaucoma Naturally


What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the said to be one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Other causes of blindness include age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Glaucoma is actually a group of diseases that result in the damage to the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for delivering information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it often goes unnoticed with a gradual loss of peripheral vision which means that a person is less able to see the edges of their field of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can progress to permanent, irreversible vision loss and yet glaucoma is preventable. Read More…

Eye Floaters And Flashes


Most of us, at some point in our lives, will probably experience the mild symptoms of seeing tiny spots floating around in our vision. These tiny spots are called floaters and are defined as small specks or clouds that drift in the field of vision. Floaters can be any shape including tiny dots, circles, cobwebs or clouds and are generally harmless.

To understand what causes floaters, we need to look at the structure of the eye. The eye is filled with a gel-like liquid called the vitreous humour, which is made primarily of hyaluronic acid. During youth, the vitreous humour has a gel-like consistency, but as we begin to age, it becomes more watery, especially around the middle of the eye, whilst the outer parts begin to get more solid. Read More…

Tackling Dry Eyes Syndrome


Dry Eyes Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is the inflammation of the particular part of the eye called the conjunctiva or the tear gland. This condition affects nearly 30 percent of the adult population and the typical sufferer is female and middle aged, and it is one of the leading causes for visits to the optician.

Dry Eyes Syndrome can be very uncomfortable and typically the sufferer may experience dry, gritty or scratchy sensations in their eyes. Other symptoms include burning sensations, constant itching, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity. These symptoms worsen in dry and windy climate especially when the humidity of the air is low. Symptoms also worsen with prolonged use of eyes such as reading, watching television and using the computer. Whilst Dry Eyes Syndrome is not a serious condition, it can really affect the quality of daily life. Read More…

Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis


What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic long term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes causing a lot of discomfort. There are two types of blepharitis: anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found, and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the eyelid comes into contact with the eyeball.

The symptoms of blepharitis vary with the severity of the condition and include: Read More…

Treatment for Cataracts

Preventing Cataracts

Cataracts commonly occur in the elderly and are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting up to 40% of people over the age of 75. The astounding fact is that cataract formation is present in all adults over the age of 30. In an eye that has no cataract, the lens is clear and light can pass through the lens onto the retina so that a clear image can be seen. The lens in an eye with a cataract is clouded and the image produced is not clear.

A cataract develops when proteins aggregate in the lens of the eye with a progressive loss of transparency. This is akin to what happens to the white of an egg when it is cooked. As the protein becomes oxidised, it hardens and loses its transparency.

Whilst the exact pathway leading to the formation of cataracts still remains unknown, there are some risk factors that pre-dispose us to cataract formation. These include age, diabetes, smoking, alcohol, high sugar intake, high blood pressure, genetics, diets deficient in antioxidants and exposure of the eyes to excessive sunlight.

In his article, Shabir takes a look at recognising the symptoms of cataract formation and recommends the products that can help this health concern.
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