El Nino’s effects on eye allergies

Posted from: http://blog.visivite.com/2016/05/27/el-ninos-effects-on-eye-allergies/

One more serious terrific explanation regarding vision health.

052616If you are an allergy sufferer and have noticed that your allergies are more severe this year, you would be correct and you are not alone in your misery. The increased severity of spring allergies is due in part to the El Nino weather pattern. The reason for this is because the United States had a wet winter that followed several years of drought and this year’s El Nino season is the strongest one since 1998.

If you are in the throes of allergy symptoms, there are steps you can take to help reduce your symptoms:

  • Take advantage of using your air conditioning and keep your windows shut to help reduce the amount of pollen in your home. Be sure and have a good filter for your central air unit.
  • Do not hang your laundry outside to dry. Forgo that “outdoor fresh” scent because pollen and other allergy irritants cling to the wet clothes.
  • Consult your physician and see what is recommended in over-the-counter antihistamines to reduce your allergy symptoms.

If you are planning a day outdoors, in addition to checking your weather forecast, you can also check the pollen forecast for the area where you will be. Weather.com offers such an allergy tracker.*

 

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Grapes: Good for Your Eyes

And Grape Seed too!

BY ANGELINA F. ON MARCH 29, 2016

Next time you’re indulging with a few glasses of wine, tell yourself you’re doing it in the name of healthy vision.  A new study is revealing grapes may improve your eye health. The University of Miami and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute lead the study and it shows when you consume grapes, they strengthen the retinal structure of your eye. The retina is the layer at the back of the eye that responds to light. In short, you want to keep your retina healthy and the antioxidants from grapes can help with that.Here are a couple of recipes you can use to incorporate grapes into your diet:
Grape and Avocado Salsa

  • 1 ½ cups seedless red grapes chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled, piited, and diced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Place the grapes, avocado, red pepper, yellow pepper, onion, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Season with lime juice, garlic salt, and black pepper. Gently fold the ingredients together until well mixed. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Chicken and Grape Salad

  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  •  8 cups ounces red-leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  1. In a medium skillet, cook bacon over medium, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, about 9 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, shred half the chicken, discarding skin and bones. You should have about 2 cups meat. (Refrigerate remaining chicken, covered, up to 3 days.)
  3. In a medium bowl, mash together yogurt and cheese with a fork. Stir in chives and garlic and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss together chicken, bacon, lettuce, and grapes. Divide among four plates and serve with yogurt dressing.

These two dishes will be a hit at your next gathering and you can tell everyone how grapes not only taste good, but they help keep their eyes healthy too.

This post is by VSP employee, Jessica C.

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Dry Macular Degeneration May Improve with High-Dose Statin Cholesterol Drug

Posted from: http://www.naturaleyecare.com/blog/dry-macular-degeneration-statin-drug/

A unique skillful observation about vision health.

control cholesterolSome patients with dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) were found to have improvements after taking high doses of a common cholesterol-lowering medication. Atorvastatin is the statin drug used in a phase I/II clinical trial at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete. A higher-than-normal dose of the drug caused lipid deposits to behind the retina to resolve in some of the subjects.

Statin drugs are FDA approved for controlling blood cholesterol levels. The study used 80mg of atorvastatin, which is higher than the normal dose. The “dry” form of Macular Degeneration is much more common than the “wet” form. However, there are limited effective medical treatments for the dry form. Therefore, this study could represent a treatment using a well-known class of medications.

The study strengthens the links between dry ARMD, lipids and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Soft, lipid-rich drusen build up on the outer retina. This is similar to the build-up of fats inside blood vessels in atherosclerosis.

Macular Degeneration mostly affects senior citizens. Statin drugs are frequently used in middle and older ages to control cholesterol. Prior studies found no link between users of these drugs at standard doses and the incidence of ARMD. So the researchers hypothesized that a larger dose might have an effect, and this appears to be the case.

Side-effects of statin drugs include muscle pain, and more rarely, liver damage, increased blood sugar levels and memory loss. No one should change their medication dosage without a doctor’s approval. As of May 2016, Atorvastatin has not been FDA approved for treating wet Macular Degeneration and would be considered an “off-label” use.

Study:  “Regression of Some High-risk Features of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in Patients Receiving Intensive Statin Treatment” by Demetrios G. Vavvas et. al. March 2016. Volume 5, Pages 198–203. EBio Medicine. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.01.033

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Car side windows, cataracts and cancer

Posted from: http://blog.visivite.com/2016/05/25/car-side-windows-cataracts-and-cancer/

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051916When you are considering possible risk factors for cataracts and skin cancer, you probably don’t think about the windows in your car but a new study recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that UVA protection in car side windows is not as effective as the UVA protection in the front windshield. As a result, researchers believe this can account for the increased rates of cataracts in left eyes and skin cancer on the left side of the face.

Researchers measured the outside ambient UVA radiation as well as the UVA radiation behind the front windshield and behind the driver’s side window from 29 automobiles from 15 manufacturers and manufactured years between 1990 to 2014 with the average year being 2010. Results showed that the UVA blockage on the car side windows was 71% compared to the 96% of the front windshield. Even more astonishing was the fact that only 4 out of the 29 automobiles had a high level of UVA blockage.

Government regulations do not stipulate that side car windows have to have laminated glass unlike windshields and as a result, the side windows are made using a thin glass. The study researchers are recommending that automobile manufacturers consider increasing the UVA protection for car side windows.*

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