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On the Lookout for Vision Changes

VisionChangesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

While many seniors support a healthy lifestyle to maintain physical strength, mental wellness and overall wellbeing, vision health should not be overlooked. As vision and eye structure both undergo common age-related changes, it’s helpful to know what’s normal and what isn’t. Presbyopia, which is a typical loss of focusing ability, can be corrected with glasses, contacts, or as the condition advances, corrective surgery. Dry eyes, reduced pupil size, loss of peripheral vision, decreased color vision and vitreous detachment, or floaters, may commonly occur.  Serious age-related disease processes, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, have the potential to affect quality of life.

Though considered an age related eye disease, cataract formation is quite common. Cataracts may begin to form during one’s 40s and 50s. However, most do not affect vision before the age of 60. Initially, early symptoms of cataracts may be improved with glasses or magnifying lenses. When cataract vision loss begins to interfere with daily life, surgery to replace the affected lens with an artificial one is the only effective treatment. In most cases, cataracts will continue to worsen over time resulting in continual vision reduction. Left untreated for long periods of time, cataracts may cause complete vision loss. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is considered extremely safe and highly effective.

To support long term eye health begin with a well-balanced largely plant-based diet. Include green leafy vegetables, oily fish, citrus fruits and non-meat protein sources. The Mediterranean style diet provides nutrients for eye health and reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins E and C. Exercise, along with a healthy diet, supports proper weight maintenance, thereby reducing the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy, which can damage retinal blood vessels, resulting in symptoms of blurred vision, increased floaters, poor night vision and vision loss.

It is highly recommended that adults have their vision checked and eye health evaluated annually, and more frequently if a problem has been identified. Additionally, be on the lookout for symptoms such as loss of peripheral vision, a key sign of glaucoma; difficultly adjusting to the dark when entering dimly lit areas, often the first sign of macular degeneration; distorted vision, as with macular degeneration, straight lines may look wavy; and poor night vision often accompanied by sensitivity to glare, which may indicate the beginning of cataract formation.

Dry eyes can occur when the tear production decreases resulting in a lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eyes. This can arise from a medical condition, as in diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or a thyroid disorder; aging and hormonal changes; vitamin A deficiency; or any of the following: contact lens use, smoking and certain prescription medications. Dry eye syndrome associated with aging is relatively common. Symptoms can include burning sensation, inflammation, irritation, eye fatigue, pain and excessive tearing. Symptom relief for those with chronic dry eye can include OTC artificial tear drops, prescription anti-inflammatory eye drops or the use of nutritional supplements, such as BioTears®.

To protect and support eye health:

  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation. Reduced UV exposure may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Participate in regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, at least 5 days each week. A long-term study involving 15,000 people found that physically active people experienced less vision loss over 20 years than non-exercisers.
  • Don’t smoke, as smoking damages the optic nerve, and increases risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Take a break from the computer screen. Follow the 20-20-20 rule by resting your eyes every 20 minutes and focusing 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidant fruits and vegetables that contain eye health supportive carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Include healthy fats and oils for an omega-3 boost.
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar, as well as healthy blood pressure.
  • Clinically supported nutritional supplements for eye health include fish oil, vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin, as well as a high quality multivitamin and mineral formula.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products in support of eye, vision and overall wellness:

BioTearsBioTears® by BioSyntrx: This highly rated very popular dry eye nutritional supplement systemically addresses the structure/function causes and effects of ocular surface moisture production. Biochemically balanced nutrient co-factors support normal production of eye lubricants, as well as mucous membranes, joints and synovial membranes. Ingredients include specific vitamins, minerals and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

 

Lutein/ZeaxanthinLutein/Zeaxanthin by Pure Encapsulations®: These unique carotenoids specifically support the macula and overall visual function, as well as retinal and optical lens health. Gluten free, hypoallergenic, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

 

Macular Support...Macular Support by Pure Encapsulations®: This comprehensive formula provides a powerful blend of antioxidants and botanicals designed to defend and support the macula, which is highly susceptible to free radical damage. Selected ingredients include lutein, zeaxanthin, amino acids and proanthocyanidins that provide exceptional free radical protection in retinal tissues. Gluten and soy free, hypoallergenic, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Vital Eyes CompleteVital Eyes™ Complete by Metabolic Maintenance: This broad spectrum research-based ocular- protective multivitamin/mineral/antioxidant formula provides powerful antioxidants and nutrients important for eye and overall metabolic health. Gluten, dairy, nut, egg and preservative free.

 

Vision ProtectVision Protect™ by LuxVite™ Naturals: This physician formulated nutritional supplement provides ingredients clinically shown in the AREDS2 study to support the macula and promote eye health. Ingredients include antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Cineraria Eye Drops...Cineraria Eye Drops for Cataract by Natural Ophthalmics: This homeopathic formula provides ingredients successfully utilized for over a century for cataract care. Broad spectrum professional strength drops may improve symptoms of dry eyes, reduced visual acuity, dim colors and bothersome glare. Preservative free.

References:
Facts About Cataracts. https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?  https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-diabetic-retinopathy
Aging and Your Eyes. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/aging-and-your-eyes
Best Way to Age-Proof Your Vision. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/best-way-to-age-proof-your-vision

 

Dry Eye Syndrome – A Personal Perspective

biotearsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

When I was diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome, my immediate response was to research the condition in order to learn how to best address the symptoms I was experiencing and, most importantly, support my long term eye health. I knew that I wanted to continue to wear contact lenses and I needed to be comfortable while sitting in front of a computer screen all day. What I found surprised me. For instance, I didn’t know that the tear film actually consists of three layers with each layer having its own purpose. The oily layer on the outermost surface of the tear film smooths the tear surface and helps prevent evaporation of tears. The middle watery layer cleanses the eyes and washes away irritants or foreign particles. The inner mucus layer helps to spread tears across the eye surface and helps keep the eyes moist. Tears consist of proteins, electrolytes, and nutrients that are critical to maintaining the health of the eye surface.

If you have ever been diagnosed with dry eye, you are well aware how uncomfortably irritating dry eyes can be. Normally, the eyes produce tears at a slow and steady rate, moisturizing the eye surface with every blink to keep the eyes comfortable. Aqueous tear-deficient dry eye occurs when the eyes fail to produce enough tears to properly maintain a healthy eye surface. Evaporative dry eye occurs when tears evaporate too quickly. This is generally the result of inflammation of the glands that produce the oily part of tears that would normally slow the evaporation and keep the tears stable. Sometimes, the eyes just don’t produce the right quality of tears necessary for eye comfort.

I also found that I wasn’t alone, as nearly 5 million Americans over the age of 50 experience eye dryness, with women almost three times as likely as men to develop the condition. Dry eye syndrome can be age-related, a side effect of medication, or can be caused by allergies, pregnancy, inadequate nutrition, medical conditions, and long term contact lens wear. Though it may seem strange, people with dry eyes may find that their eyes water excessively. This is the result of the eyes responding to the discomfort, which can include stinging or burning, scratchiness, grittiness, excessive tearing, fatigue, and a decreased tolerance for sustained visual activity, such as reading or working on the computer.

Normally, I like to take a natural or functional approach to treating any illness or health condition. However, I also look at conventional treatment and consider all my options. I found that the treatment of dry eye largely consists of addressing the symptoms of the ongoing condition. Conventionally, after ruling out any underlying medical causes of dry eye, an anti-inflammatory medication can be prescribed. While this medication usually helps to reduce the symptoms of dry eye, it can take as long as three to six months of twice daily dosages before the medication takes effect. Another option was to give up wearing contact lenses, something I definitely did not want to do if at all possible. Another suggestion included using artificial tears as the first line of therapy to provide temporary relief and replace naturally produced tears. For me, these were simply not ideal solutions and I was looking for something more.

About two years ago, I discovered BioTears®, a nutraceutical manufactured by BioSyntrx. Even though I technically still have the condition, I have been comfortably symptom free during this time. I still wear contacts although I am careful not to abuse the privilege, and I still work at the computer, but remember to look away and take occasional screen breaks. Honestly, what prompted this article was the fact that I got complacent about taking the supplement. I was traveling for a week and in all the busyness of visiting my very large family, I neglected to take the BioTears®. And admittedly, I didn’t immediately get back into the habit for another week after I returned. And by then, wow! The dryness, the grittiness, the irritation and watery eyes came back with a vengeance!

Getting back on track, it only took a few days of supplementing with BioTears® for my symptoms to abate and eye comfort to return. I really learned a good lesson. Dry eye syndrome may be ongoing but the symptoms can be easily managed. I decided to take another look at why BioTears® works so well for me. BioTears® was scientifically designed and is biochemically balanced with natural ingredients that support fatty acid metabolism, as well as the structure and function of all three layers of the tear film. This synergistic formula supports normal production of eye lubricants along with ocular surface health, and modulates the surface tension of the tear film that affects the comfort of contact lens wearers, like me.

Along with other supplements that I regularly take to support overall health and wellness, BioTears® stands out as one supplement that I will not neglect to take again. If you have been diagnosed or have symptoms of dry eyes, I highly recommend BioTears®. It has helped me tremendously. It can help you, too!

BioTearsBioTears® by BioSyntrx – BioTears® uniquely addresses the underlying inflammatory processes associated with dry eye syndrome. Along with vitamins A, C, D. E and B6, BioTears® provides EPA, DHA, green tea and curcumin to safely and satisfactorily relieve the common symptoms of dry eyes including dryness, irritation, grittiness and often times, excessive tearing.

Omega-3’s for Dry Eyes

Dry_EyesJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN

Dry eyes typically occur in those who are otherwise healthy. Common risk factors include normal aging, hormonal changes and gender, as women are affected more often than men. An inability to produce the proper quantity and quality of tears, which lubricate and nourish the eyes, can result in symptoms such as grittiness, irritation, itching, burning, visual disturbances and, ironically, excessively watery eyes. The uncomfortable symptoms caused by chronic dry eyes can also be a result of medications or medical conditions, smoking, long term contact lens use, environmental factors or insufficient blinking, especially when you are staring into a computer screen the majority of your work day. Whatever the reason, when your eyes don’t produce enough tears, both the cornea and the conjunctiva are affected and, if not addressed, chronic dry eyes can lead to damage on the surface of the eye, impaired vision and increased susceptibility to infection.

As tears are naturally anti-inflammatory, a normally functioning eye keeps irritation to a minimum. When the eye does not produce sufficient tears, inflammation results. For this reason, supplements that provide the nutrients that reduce inflammation and aid in tear production are often recommended. Along with taking nutrients, dry eye symptoms can be managed and treated with OTC artificial tear solutions, although prescription medications may be needed if OTC drops don’t provide relief after using them regularly for several weeks. Lifestyle modifications, such as remembering to blink and to look away from the computer screen frequently throughout the day, increasing the humidity in your home or office, wearing sunglasses to reduce your exposure to sun, dust and wind, and not smoking can also help to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. Drinking sufficient water daily can help to relieve mild dehydration, which can worsen symptoms.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

As dry eye is inflammatory by nature, omega-3 essential fatty acids found in cold water oily fish and fish oil supplements are frequently recommended, not only to reduce inflammation but also to stimulate tear production. Fish oil is natural and safe for long term use and omega-3’s are important nutrients for the development, function and maintenance of eye tissue. DHA is particularly important for eye health and is found in high concentrations within eye tissue. Research has shown that EPA and DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids not only support healthy tissue moisture and tear production, they help promote overall eye health and vision and help maintain fluid and flexible eye cells and tissues. Additionally, omega-3’s provide benefits for overall health, including cardiac, brain, immune, joint and nervous system health.

Flax Seed Oil

Flax seed oil is rich in ALA, which has been shown to improve symptoms of dry eyes. Flax seed oil is an often recommended economical and alternative source for those who prefer plant-based omega-3’s. ALA is converted by the body into EPA and DHA. Flax seeds should always be ground before use in order to receive the optimal eye and overall health benefits.

In summation, supplementation with fish oil or flax seed oil will help to provide the foundation for the treatment of dry eyes by:

  • Decreasing inflammation of the oil glands that make up the oily layer of the tear film
  • Augmenting the oily layer that allows for better flow and creating a better oil layer covering the tear film
  • Stimulating the water portion of tear production

These high quality supplements are recommended to aid in the relief of symptoms of dry eye:

BioTearsBioTears by BioSyntrx – Highly effective and scientifically designed to address the underlying inflammatory processes associated with dry eye syndrome, BioTears not only addresses the symptoms of dry eyes, it provides the nutrients needed to reduce inflammation and increase normal tear production.

 

Organic Flax Seed Oil 1000 mg (FLX)Organic Flax Seed Oil 1000 mg (FLX) by Douglas Laboratories – These high quality softgels provide 100% pure, unrefined, organically grown flax seed oil containing 55-60% ALA plus additional fatty acids in their natural triglyceride form.

 

Peak Omega-3 Liquid Fish OilPeak Omega-3 Liquid Fish Oil by Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil – This naturally lemon flavored, great tasting liquid fish oil provides a pure and concentrated dose of omega-3 fatty acids sourced from sustainable Alaskan fish. Provides 2150 mg of EPA and DHA per teaspoon, along with Non-GMO natural vitamin E.

References:
Dry Eye Syndrome.
Dry Eye.
Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Nutritional Supplement for Dry Eye Syndrome.
Uncomfortable Dry Eyes.