It is not better to sit up straight to read. Long term research in Finland has demonstrated a difference in ultimate degree of nearsightedness depending upon childrens’ preferred reading position up to age 20.
Mean nearsighted presciption at baseline was highest in those who sat to read, as was prescription progression for all follow-up visits.
Nearsightedness progression from baseline to their early 20s was lowest for those who reported reading lying on their backs, by a difference of 0.96 D and 1.38 D for men and women compared with progression in those who read in a seated position. Overall, there was about one-third less myopic progression in those reading on their backs compared with those whose reading posture was sitting.
Specialized prescription glasses have been found to be helpful in patients with migraine headaches, blepharospasm (eyelid spasms), light triggered seizures, CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) and other light-sensitive/triggered conditions.
The wavelength filtered by FL-41 was first described in a research project that took place in Birmingham, England in the early 90’s. In this study, children with migraine headaches wore FL-41 filtered lenses. The researchers found that wearing the FL-41 filter improved the light sensitivity in these children, as well as lessened the frequency and severity of their migraine headaches. Since that time, FL-41 filtered lenses have been used to treat these and other conditions.
Blepharospasm and migraine patients suffer more from light sensitivity, vs. people who do not struggle with these conditions. Research at the University of Utah have also found that when these patients have had their light sensitivity treated, their blepharospasm and migraine symptoms have improved.
Recent research tested FL-41 filtered lenses, head-to-head, against conventional gray sunglasses and standard rose tinted spectacles. Notably, the majority of patients prefer wearing FL-41 filtered spectacles. Glasses with the specialized wavelength treatment are available at Northwest Vision Optical in Bellevue and Kirkland by prescription.
For those who find Omega-3 supplementation helpful to eye comfort and health it is attractive to take the least amount possible. The Krill oil manufacturers have sponsored research to try to convince that their tiny pills are the equivalent of fish oil omega 3. It appears they are.
However, what they never tell you is that the dose of omega-3 (EPA + DHA) in each capsule of Krill Oil is typically a small fraction of that found in a good fish oil capsule.
Our research has shown that the minimal dose of Omega-3 which will influence ocular comfort is 1200mg per day. This would be two to three of a medical grade, tryglyceride omega-3 supplement such as Nordic Naturals or 16 Mega Red capsules. At a cost per day, Krill Oil is not affordable for treatment.
One alternative to capsules is found in Barlean's Organic Ultra High Potency Omega Swirl now available at Northwest Vision. This is not an oil. It is a tasty fruit-flavored milkshake-like swirl which is technically an emulsion. This allows it to be digested more easily, in fewer steps than a fish oil without burps found in poorly manufactured fish oil such as those in the ester form. Advantage? Easier to digest, more omega-3 absorbed, and tasty too. One tablespoon delivers more than 3 of the fish oil capsules in our example.
Ultimately how much you need and what form is an individual decision guided by our exam of your exact eye condition and symptoms. We will also guide you on dose and omega-3 form.
Recent research confirms Dr. Gilbert’s long belief in the importance of relaxing music before and during eye surgery. A recent study shows relaxing music played just before eye surgery leads to patients feeling less anxiety and requiring less sedation.
Awake eye surgery can be stressful for some patients. Music has long been known to reduce anxiety, minimize sedative need, and allow patients to better relax.
Anxiety was significantly reduced among the music group (anxiety score 23 out of 100) compared to the non-music group (score 65 out of 100). The music group also needed significantly less sedatives during surgery compared with the non-music group (16% vs 32%). Postoperative satisfaction was significantly higher in the music group (mean score 71 out of 100 versus 55 for the non-music group). Music, well chosen, can relax the patient and surgical staff making surgery more pleasant, perhaps even fun, and ultimately safer for all.
Would you use a grinder or welding machine without eye protection? What about chemicals or household cleaning sprays? What about lighting off explosives? This holiday, think about safety first and protect yourself and your family members. the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that one third of you have been injured or know someone who has. Read more here: http://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-survey
Watch this video from the AAO BEFORE heading out this weekend!
Nearsighted kids frequently get new prescription glasses annually or bi-annually as they mature. This can may stop in the teens, however can progress well into twenties and beyond. This ever-thicker glasses is a hassle for the child and both concern and expense for parents. This reality is because certain stages of childhood the eyes tend to change more rapidly.
Recent research in Singapore suggests we can slow a child’s nearsightedness progression. Their study found that a low concentration of atropine drops — medication commonly used to treat lazy eye — can also be effective for slowing nearsightedness. A five-year trial showed that 0.01 percent atropine drops safely slowed down the progression of myopia by about 50 percent with almost no side effects.
The findings suggest that this medication could potentially be an effective treatment in the fight against the global surge in nearsightedness.
Nearsightedness has risen dramatically over recent decades and is a leading cause of visual impairment worldwide. In the U.S., an approximately 42% of the population is myopic, up from 25 percent in the 1970s. Developed Asian countries report myopia rates of 80 to 90 percent among young adults.
Severe nearsightedness is associated with a greater risk of serious complications such as retinal detachment, forms of macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
Many, as Kareem Abdul Jabar find that the “coolest” in sports wear protective goggles!