Friday, November 11, 2016

Cataracts Continue to Plague the Population

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy all get headline press for their detrimental effects on our vision.

But cataracts affect more of our population than the other eye problems, according to “Prevent Blindness America.”  According to recent results released in June 2011, over 22 million Americans have cataracts.  It is estimated to increase to 30 million cases by 2020.
June was made the national “Cataracts Awareness Month” in order to educate more people about modes of prevention, signs and symptoms and treatments for cataracts.
Thankfully, cataracts are highly treatable.  The success for cataract removal surgery is the most practiced surgery in the United States.  As with all health care challenges, not everyone can access treatment as soon as they would like, or may have financial challenges in obtaining the surgery as soon as they need it.
Signs and symptoms of cataract growth include: double vision, blurriness, difficulty seeing in low light and sensitivity to light. 
Cataracts may be preventable through lifestyle modification.  Actions steps you and your loved ones can take, starting today, to prevent the growth of cataracts include:
  • Heredity- not much can be done to reverse this! But, you can keep on top of potential progression of cataracts through consistent eye appointments.
  • Smoking
  • UV light – Prevent damage from UV light by using UV protective glasses
  • Diabetes – By keeping tight control on blood sugar levels, people with diabetes can help to prevent disease progression of cataracts
  • Steroid injections- contribute to a quick progression of cataracts
The experts tell us that cataracts will affect nearly everyone in old age.  Cataracts do not become a problem until they begin to impair vision.  Then, surgery is discussed and followed through with. 
However, by avoiding practices that contribute to cataractsFind Article, many of us may retain optimal vision for many years longer than if we were careless with our eye health.
Don’t suffer with loss of vision due to cataracts!  Removing cataracts will help restore your vision and give you back a greater joy in life!  Call us at 520-441-6508. 

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Author Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin is H2T’s lead optometrist. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and, during her final year, acted as an Optometry Tech at the national optometry chain, Lenscrafters. After finding her interest in optometry, she completed required scientific courses at DePaul University in Chicago and then undertook her four-year optometry college course work at Illinois College of Optometry. Upon graduation, she continued working with Lenscrafters as an optometrist in Chicago. Originally from Malaysia, she migrated to Arizona for warmth and a more relaxed atmosphere.
Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oils.

Just as with other products available in the supplement for sale industry, fish oil supplements can vary quite widely in quality, purity of product, and especially in the area of potency. As is usuall...

Just as with other products available in the supplement for sale industry, fish oil supplements can vary quite widely in quality, purity of product, and especially in the area of potency. As is usually the case , pharmaceutical grade would be the purest form available of the product, and much more desired over a more standard food grade fish oil supplement. Such a product would have the purity of the oil it self and provide the best level of potency in regards to the essential fatty acids available to the body in the recommended daily allowance.
It basically comes down to the process being used to formulate the product. The essential fatty acids offered in fish oil are DHA and EPA, and what a consumer should be looking for per 1000 mg of overall fish oil, is a ratio with in the product of 300 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA per 1000 mg serving. It is believed that essential fatty acids coming from fish oil, are quite effective in supplying the body with quality EPA and DHA nutrition. The pharmaceutical grade oils, being the purest and the most potent, would of course carry the highest price as well. It is estimated that 100 gallons of normal heath food grade fish oil is needed to produce just one gallon of the higher grade fish oils on the market.
One of the difficulties regarding making a decision of which fish oil to take, is that the food and drug administration does not have and regulations in place regarding the processing and over all safety of fish oil products. So it makes perfect sense to purchase such supplements fro a company that has excellent ratings, and that is a company that you have grown to trust over a period of time. I have found that companies such as Swanson Vitamins, Vitacost, and Puritan’s Pride, are companies online that offer safe and effective products, many of which qualify to be labeled as pharmaceutical grade. I have no connection to the companies i have named, other than i am a customer.
There is an entity, consumer labs dot com, which is known to be a research laboratory that operates independent of any supplement selling company. Consumer labs dot com is an excellent resource for doing a bit of research on your own as to the efficacy, potency, purity, and safety of a given supplement product. Consumer labs is known to have reviews on over 50 different brands of fish oils. When you consider the lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, it really does fall upon us as consumers to do our own bit of homework in an effort to help ourselves make an informed decision.
As i always try to do, i would love to persuade you to read further on the subject of essential fatty acids. Borage oil, flax oil, fish oil, krill oils, are all examples of oils containing various fatty acids that are helpful to assisting in health and wellness. Please consider an ebook, reading at the library, of further reading online to grasp as much information all possible.

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