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Kale Reduces Risks of Developing Glaucoma

Green Flowering Kale

New research suggests a relationship between eating kale and a reduced risk of developing open-angle glaucoma. A study published by JAMA Ophthalmology found that people who ate around 240mg of nitrates from leafy greens every day were less likely to suffer from open-angle glaucoma by as much as 30%.

 
Image credit: Green Flowering Kale, by Bobbi Jones
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Do you have glaucoma? Only half of those who have it, know!

In the U.S. nearly 3 million people more than 40 years old have glaucoma. By the year 2030 the National Eye Institute estimates those numbers to rise more than 50%.

Only have half of those people realize they have this dreaded disease. Glaucoma slowly damages the optic nerve from pressure buildup inside the eye. The damage usually occurs so slowly that people do not realize that it’s happening. Some people can lose up to 40% of their sight, which is then irreversible.

Since Glaucoma is preventable, and the leading cause of blindness, it is recommended that you and your family have a complete eye examination regularly. Early diagnosis can prevent this type of blindness. Those with genetic predisposition include those with Asian, Latino and African-American descent, but all populations have been affected by this silent sight stealer.

Read about the various types of glaucoma on the glaucoma.org website.

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November is diabetes awareness month!

Did you know that according to the American Diabetes Association that Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults? Take this free risk test to see how you score.

www.stopdiabetes.com/get-the-facts/risk-test.html

Image credit: StopDiabetes.com

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July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month

Also known as dry eye syndrome, this common disorder affects tens of millions of people in the U.S. Symptoms can include itching, burning, redness or a foggy sensation.

Our eyes are the only organs exposed to the outside, and it’s important to take care of them. They produce oily tears which shield sensitive tissues, and production can decrease due to age or the use of certain medications. This reduces the ability of the tears to protect the eyes.

Dry eye syndrome can also be a symptom of other disorders, so if you are experiencing symptoms you should certainly see your eye care provider for a comprehensive eye examination.

Treatment for dry eyes can include eye drops and/or supplements. Consult your eye care provider during your eye examination for more complete information.

Image credit: Eye in Closeup! by Tobias Dalberg