Eye Floaters And Flashes

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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…

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.
VH Editorial: Preventing CataractsAlive Once Daily Multivitamin £26.00 for 60 Tablets; High Potency Astaxanthin £17 for 30 Softgels; Can-C Eye Drops £39.95 for 10 ml (2 x 5 ml)

Preventing Cataracts

Prescription Glasses

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 on to the retina so that a clear image can be seen. The lens in an eye with 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 predispose us to cataract formation. These include age (being over 30), diabetes, smoking, alcohol, high sugar intake, high blood pressure, genetics, diets deficient in antioxidants and exposure of the eyes to excessive sunlight. Read More…