Low Vision News Recap – June 2014

Below is a compilation of news you can use relating to low vision and eye health in the month of June.

Do Carrots Really Improve Your Vision?
The question remains: Are carrots truly able to improve eyesight or is that the stuff of fiction? The answer is yes, under certain conditions, eating carrots will help improve eyesight. When it comes to eating nutrient-rich foods to improve eyesight, more generally, it is suggested stocking up on green, leafy vegetables. Spinach, kale or collard greens—all chock-full of lutein and zeaxanthin (which are other food-derived nutrients)—could help protect your eyes by filtering high-energy wavelengths of visible light that can damage the retina. Such foods may also help to protect against age-related macular degeneration, the major cause of blindness in the elderly.

Giving Alexis Sight: Low Vision Readers
More than 13 million Americans over the age of 45 suffer with a low vision condition, including those who’ve lost vision due to diabetes, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma. However, new technology is providing hope to the many who suffer from low vision. Illuminated low vision readers use LED lights and prism correction to help people with these low vision conditions to read small print.

Strong Bonds Forged at West Haven VA’s Eastern Blind Rehab Center
New Haven Register
At a VA clinic in Connecticut,  individuals are seek out treatment come from all walks of life: they may be retired attorneys and some may be dockworkers but share two important things in common, regardless of social, economic or racial background. They share blindness and a military career – two strong bonds that create a brotherhood among the men.

Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too
Although rare, one in 10,000 infants is born with the vision-robbing disease glaucoma, a condition which is largely diagnosed in people older than 60. The bottom line for parents is that, if they think something is wrong with their baby’s eyes, and their pediatrician has any doubt about the cause, see a pediatric ophthalmologist.



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