Aging is inevitable. Prevention against aging diseases is possible. Regarding your eyes, it is easy to see how these overworked, never rested organs, suffer with diminished functionality as time passes by. Vision progressively gets worse as your eyes suffer one ailment, syndrome and condition after another. Some changes, such as needing glasses to read or having cataracts, are commonly recognized and certainly accepted as natural by-products of aging. Other changes are more subtle but can cause potentially greater harm to vision.
• Presbyopia – Long Sightedness – usually occurs around the age of 40, and is realized when you can no longer read the print up as close to your eyes as before. The symptoms are sometimes accompanied by headaches and tired or strained eyes. Presbyopia happens because the lens inside the eye becomes harder and has lost some of its elasticity therefore restricting its ability to change shape. The lens is simply suffering from age and is no longer young, flexible and healthy as before. Reading glasses fix the problem but of course some people find this a difficult step to admit to themselves, because using them in public to read a menu for example, is basically admitting your age. It is also a bit annoying if you are already short-sighted, as you will need bi-focal lenses or of course two pairs of glasses. Some may chose laser correction like LASIK but this author cannot agree with this approach due to the enormous amount of negativity surrounding this procedure, let alone the side effects, costs and risks.
Authors note: N-acetyl-carnosine is a super antioxidant specifically formulated to benefit the parts of the eye that suffer from age. You could help prevent the onset of Presbyopia or stunt its progression by keeping the lens younger, more flexible and healthier by simply administering an eye drop.
• Floaters – These are tiny specks or “cobwebs” that float through your vision and are especially seen in bright light or on a sunny day. Some people see floaters throughout their life but in most cases they are seen as a normal part of aging. But, should you suddenly experience a lot of floaters, this could be an indication that something more serious is afoot like retinal detachment and you ought to go to your eye specialist straight away.
• Cataracts – There are many types of cataract and people can produce a cataract at any time in their life but as we are talking about aging eye conditions, in this article, we are referring to senile cataract. Cataracts are the result of the lens losing its elasticity, becoming harder and more brittle. The lens suffers from glycosylation, which occurs throughout the body as we age. This is the imbalance or cross-linking of proteins, sugar and oxygen and could actually be considered as an aging disease. You can witness glycosylation by cutting an apple in half and watching it go brown. This is the same process going on through our bodies as we age and in our eyes, the lenses are going brown or cloudy. Vision through cataract is like looking through a waterfall and this blurred or hazy vision gets worse with every passing day. Cataracts are so common among people over age 65 that they are now considered a normal part of aging and cataract surgery is the most common in the world. But, just because it is common doesn’t mean it is available to everyone or for everyone and it certainly isn’t without risk or complication. 5% of all cataract surgery has serious complications and 5% of millions is a lot of people! Some replacement lenses have a limited ability to change focus and although they are good at their job, artificial lenses will never truly replace your original lenses.
Authors note: Carnosine is an extremely potent anti-glycosylation antioxidant for your body. N-acetyl-carnosine is the advanced version of carnosine specifically for use in your eyes. Carnosine alone cannot help your eyes. If you have an interest in the damage caused by glycosylation which is something that especially ‘attacks’ diabetics, please read about Aminoguanidine. This is the latest anti-glycosylation product on the market.
• Glaucoma – is a condition that can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. Glaucoma is the result of too much fluid, causing pressure to increase inside the eye. It has been described as a silent enemy as it creeps up on you often undetected as there are no symptoms or pain associated with this condition. A very scary statistic is that only 8% of all Americans understand that glaucoma’s development is not detectable without glaucoma screening.
The reason for why people get glaucoma is often debated but some of the main culprits are high levels of stress, diabetes, being overweight, cardio problems, thyroid conditions, poor digestion and the lacking of important nutrients found in food including essential fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, taurine, antioxidants, bioflavenoids, zinc, selenium and vitamin B-complex.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans and is six to eight times more common than in Caucasians.
Yearly eye check up’s are so important for all eye conditions but they seem especially poignant with Glaucoma because you could already have it. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you will be able to deal with this insidious condition.
• Retinal problems -The retina is a light sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye which is full of light receptors. When light enters the eye, the retina converts the image into electrical impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain where it is decoded as vision. Half of our brain is used for vision. Disorders of the retina are a leading cause of blindness in the United States and many retinal disorders come with age.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) The disease is just as the name suggests: the degeneration of the macula, which is the centre part of the retina. The macula is responsible for fine, detailed vision, and as it deteriorates, your field of vision narrows until you can’t see anything at all. This usually happens gradually, maybe taking many years before reaching total blindness if left completely untreated. There are two types of ARMD – Wet and Dry. Dry ARMD is the more common form and the less severe. It is caused by the deterioration of the tissue of the macula. Yellowish deposits form under the macula, causing it to thin and dry out. The wet form of ARMD in its advanced stages causes rapid growth of small blood vessels beneath the retina. Affected blood vessels leak blood and other fluid, which form scar tissue that causes vision loss.
For those who have ARMD, it can be a frightening path to follow – particularly since mainstream medicine offers virtually no way to halt it. But forward-thinking doctors have been talking about the relationship between nutrition and vision for years and studies started nearly 20 years ago showed an extremely positive relationship between good nutrition and halting or slowing ARMD. In some instances the studies showed a reduction in the incidence of ARMD by 25%, when that participating group used antioxidants and zinc.
ARMD is the leading cause of low vision among older people and occurs most frequently among Caucasians.
Diabetic Retinopathy.If you are diabetic then the chances are that you will eventually suffer from Diabetic Retinopathy which is when diabetes affects the small blood vessels in your retina. You are at increased risk of developing retinopathy if:
You have had diabetes a long time
Your blood glucose level is poorly controlled
You have high blood pressure
You are pregnant
You are taking insulin
Diabetic Retinopathy can lead to blindness so please have your eyes checked and screened every year.
Retinal detachment occurs when the retina pulls away from the back of the eye. This usually produces a flurry of floaters in your vision as well as flashes of light. This is a medical emergency that needs to be treated immediately to prevent loss of vision.
For the young, old age will happen one day but it seems too far in the future to care about. But the more care you take of yourself today, the brighter tomorrow will be. If aging is a disease, think about preventing or slowing down that disease. Small steps taken now will help for the troubled road ahead. If you believe in preventive qualities offered by nutritional supplements and vitamins, then don’t forget your eyes! Use the best ocular health-promoting antioxidant, N-acetyl-carnosine, today and every day.