Vision Articles

Can any vitamins stop my glaucoma from getting worse?

No convincing studies show that vitamins or dietary supplements can treat glaucoma once it is diagnosed, but a higher intake of green leafy vegetables like lettuce, kale, and spinach is linked to a lower risk of developing glaucoma. Diet may be more effective at preventing glaucoma than treating it once it appears. (Locked) More »

Dry eyes? Try this!

Dry eye syndrome has many causes, such as aging, underlying conditions, or medication side effects. For people who make enough tears but have dry eye symptoms, warm compresses and gentle eye massage can help. For people who aren’t making enough tears, it helps to use artificial tears or medicines that increase tear production. There’s even an in-office procedure to block tear drainage by inserting plugs into the tear drainage ducts. Caffeine may increase tear production, but too much caffeine may cause jitters and insomnia. More »

What can be done about droopy eyelids?

Droopy eyelids, known as ptosis, are often a normal occurrence of aging although some neurologic conditions also can cause the condition. Ptosis is not a serious problem unless it interferes with your vision. If this happens, or if your droopy eyelids are bothersome, you can opt for cosmetic surgery to repair your eyelids. More »

A look at corrective eye surgery

After age 40, everyone begins to experience some form of presbyopia, a condition that makes it more difficult to see up close and leads to the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Some surgical procedures can correct fading eyesight and help men escape their dependence on eyewear.  More »

Dietary nitrate may lower risk of glaucoma

Eating 10 servings of green leafy vegetables per week, or about 1.5 cups per day, may lower a person’s risk for primary open-angle glaucoma by 20% to 30%. These foods are rich in nitrate, which can help reduce eye pressure and improve blood flow to the optic nerve. More »

Shopping for sunglasses

People should wear sunglasses whenever they go outdoors. The ideal sunglasses can be inexpensive, but should provide at least 99% protection from ultraviolet radiation, have large wraparound lenses, and be polarized to reduce glare. (Locked) More »