Adequate Selenium Levels Necessary for Eye Health

selinium - brazil nutsTo remain healthy, the human body requires a number of trace elements that must be obtained through diet. Selenium is one of these essential nutrients that is necessary for your body to function properly and that has also been shown to impact eye health.

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Eye Health Benefits of Anthoxanthins

potatoes“Eat the Rainbow” is a common mantra of the nutrition-savvy as a way to encourage everyone to ensure they are getting enough essential nutrients in their diet. The more variety of colored foods you consume, the greater variety of nutrients in your diet. However, one overlooked piece of this visual reminder is an essential component of good nutrition as well:  the color white. While many people think of whites as simple starches with poor nutritional benefits, such as pasta, white bread, or pastries, white-colored fruits and vegetables are essential for good health and have benefits for the eyes. [Read more…]

Research Shows Adults Over 50 Not Getting the Nutrients Necessary for Eye Health

Variety of organic vegetables and fruits In our efforts to promote healthy eyes in our BFS community, we use Connected Visions to share current research findings on nutrition and its impact on eye health. A 2013 survey shows us that most Americans over age 50 are not getting the essential nutrients they need for healthy eyes. This segment of the population also lacks awareness of how critical good nutrition is to eye health. [Read more…]

Essential Nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin Support Vision Health

BroccoliLutein and zeaxanthin. Perhaps you have heard of them? These are really strange sounding nutrients that are important for eye health. As we touched upon in a previous post about phase 2 of the Age Related Eye Disease study (AREDS2), the addition of these nutrients to the AREDS supplement formulation was beneficial for those who did not obtain enough of these nutrients in their diet. Even if you are getting enough lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet, it’s interesting to understand the important role that these two nutrients have for eye health.

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Healthy Eyes

Variety of organic vegetables and fruits Inflammation in the body has a positive role in helping to heal infections and injuries, but ongoing inflammation that is no longer needed for healing can have the opposite effect. Chronic inflammation can adversely impact health. Many of our BostonSight® PROSE patients struggle with health conditions in which inflammation plays a central role, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, graft vs. host disease, and Stevens Johnson syndrome. Dry eye disease can also be a direct result of inflammation. [Read more…]

Research Findings Clarify Benefits of Supplement Use for Eye Health

Person's hand holding an assortment of tablets and capsulesWe all strive to be as healthy as possible. For those of us with an eye health condition, managing symptoms and maintaining eye health are an important focus of our nutritional efforts and lifestyle choices. Many of our patients here at BostonSight use complementary nutritional therapies to supplement BostonSight® PROSE treatment.

Dietary supplements are typically one component of a nutritional regime to support eye health and help prevent future problems. Do these supplements really stack up to all of their claims? New results from a long-term, nationwide study indicate the benefits of supplements for reducing the prevalence of age-related blinding eye diseases.

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Vitamin D and Your Eyes

Vitamin D infographicsThe Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reliable and evidence-based information about vitamin D, notes that researchers consider lack of sufficient vitamin D to be pandemic. [Read more…]

Potassium Deficiency and Dry Eye

potassium foodsOne of the many nutrients that is essential for human life is potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte:  a mineral with an electric charge that is present in blood and other fluids in the body. This mineral is necessary for growth, muscle function, electrical activity of the heart, nerve impulse transmission, and acid-base balance.  Our dry eye community will be interested to know that low levels of potassium have been associated with dry eye.  [Read more…]

Omega-3s: What They Are and How They Can Help Your Eyes

Omega 3 foodsIt seems like Omega-3s are everywhere now. In the grocery store you can find cereals, crackers, nutrition bars, eggs, and beverages all fortified with Omega-3s. The supplement aisle is lined with assorted brands, types, and strengths of these essential fatty acids.

You’ve read about their health benefits in newspapers, magazines, and online. The myriad of products and information can be overwhelming. Should you incorporate omega-3s into your diet? If so, which way is best and how much should you consume? Here’s an overview of the health and ocular benefits of Omega-3s and some ways you can include them as part of your healthy lifestyle.  [Read more…]

New Findings Identify Collagen-Influencing Genes that Indicate Keratoconus Risk

According to the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF), keratoconus (KC) is estimated to occur in 1 out of every 2,000 persons in the general population. Keratoconus is a disorder that causes thinning of the cornea resulting in a cone-shaped bulge that distorts vision.  Symptoms include visual blurring and distortion along with increased light sensitivity. It can progress to a degree that severely impacts a patient’s quality of life, limiting the ability to perform everyday tasks such as driving, reading, or watching TV. BostonSight® PROSE treatment has helped many keratoconus patients regain visual function and acuity and successfully return to the activities they enjoyed prior to their diagnosis. Although the exact cause of KC is unknown, it is thought that genetics, the environment, and the endocrine system all contribute to the development of KC.  [Read more…]