We use our eyes all the time without even thinking about it, every waking minute. But just like your car, air filters, and pianos your vision need check-ups, maintenance, and adjustments! Just as you go see your primary care doctor for regular health screening, you should go see you eye doctor! So often we wait for something to go wrong, but what if we could prevent irreversible vision loss before it happens!
Diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma can often cause vision loss that go unnoticed until it is too late. By the time you see changes from glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other conditions, permanent damage may be established and progressing.
How often should I get my eyes checked?
-Young adults (age 20-30's) should get an exam every 1-2 years, particularly if you have dry eyes or a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, or glaucoma. Without such risk factors, and if agreed by your eye doctor, up to 5 years may be reasonable for this age group.
- Adults (age 40-60's): this is the age when many eye diseases may begin to develop and an annual exam is highly recommended, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
- Adults over 60: cataracts are a normal part of aging and are often noticed at this age if not earlier. Vision loss can also be due to development of aforementioned disease. It is important to get regular eye exams to know what to look for in vision changes.
What can I do to maintain good eye health?
Make sure you get adequate rest
Eat nutritiously (green leafy vegetables and omega-3 fish oil)
Wear sunglasses with UV protection
Wear protective eye wear, particularly at work, when using power tools,
even doing yard work (i.e. trimming trees)
Do not smoke
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A recent study showed that cataract surgery can reduce mortality rates! The reasons are multifactorial: some studies have shown a decrease risk for falling and breaking bones, others have shown a measurable improvement in standard cognition scores after surgery. The connection with cataract surgery and decreased mortality rates may be connected to ability for these individuals to access healthcare in general. However, the exact reasons are the subject of ongoing research.
What are cataracts?
Clouding of the natural lens of the eye.
Things that make cataracts worse:
Sunlight/UV, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes
Things that can reduce cataract formation:
Sunglasses with 400UV protection, foods rich in vitamin E,
Omega-3 fatty acids, and foods with lutein and zeaxanthin
(e.g. spinach and kale)
Please make an appointment if you have any questions or
concerns about your vision today!
Tseng VL, Chlebowski RT, Yu F, Cauley JA, Li W, Thomas F, Virnig BA, Coleman AL. Association of Cataract Surgery With Mortality in Older Women Findings from the Women’s Health Initiative. JAMA Ophthalmol.2018;136(1):3–10. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.4512
You asked and we listened! We have added EyeMed to the list of plans that our optometric practice and optical dispensaries accept. This is a brand new plan for us and we hope to be able to answer any questions you might have about your benefits!
If you have EyeMed as the vision care plan for the coming year, give us a call to get on the calendar, or swing by the optical department anytime!
Do you have diabetes type 1 or type 2? Have you had your yearly eye exam? Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of statistically related eye changes including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and even glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults age 20-74 and the longer someone has diabetes the more likely they are to develop diabetic eye disease. About 45 percent of those with diagnosed diabetes have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
Interestingly, early diabetic eye disease has no early symptoms. None! A person is likely not to notice vision changes and there is usually no related discomfort.
It is important to stay on TRACK:
Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor;
Reach and maintain a healthy weight;
Add more physical activity to your daily routine;
Control your ABC’s—A1C, Blood pressure, and Cholesterol levels; and
Kick the smoking habit.
But most importantly for the health of your eye: please get a dilated eye exam annually! We want to protect the health of your eye and your vision. Please contact us for an educational video for more information about what our doctors look for during your exam.
Call us today for that important eye exam you may have been putting off: 425-450-2020.
For more information on diabetic eye disease please visit: https://nei.nih.gov/nehep
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Dr Gilbert will be joining the Leading Edge Medicine radio show. He will be answering your LIVE call in questions about cataracts, dry eye, and more!
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Lutein is a plant pigment (carotinoid) that is responsible for the yellow color in nutrient rich foods like spinach, kale, avocados, egg yolks, and yellow carrots. Carotinoids are much more than just the color of food. These pigments help plants absorb light-energy in photosynthesis and importantly act as antioxidants, deactivating free radicals (single oxygen atoms that can damage cells). In the human body lutein acts as a powerful antioxidant and is the primary carotinoid in human brain tissue, the lens of the eye, and the retina. Lutein can not be made in the body and must be supplied to the body through your diet.
Research suggests a high dietary intake of lutein may prevent or slow progression of macular degeneration (damage to part of retina used for sharp central vision) and cataracts (degradation of the natural lens of the eye). Specifically, lutein, as a carotinoid, plays an important role in protecting the retina from photo-oxidative damage through its powerful antioxidative activity.
Recent research also suggests an important correlation between lutein levels and cognition. One study measured the level of lutein through macular pigment optical density in middle-aged individuals and compared it to their neural responses during attentional tasks. The results showed individuals with higher levels of lutein had neural responses that were comparable with younger individuals. The study concluded that age-related cognitive decline may be “less pronounced among adults with greater retinal carotenoid status, a marker of dietary patterns with greater intake of green and leafy vegetables.”
In your search to boost your lutein intake consider kale as the most concentrated source. In other words, maybe its time to learn some new kale recipes!
(Note: Neither adding a “dash” of kale nor slathering your “hint” of kale in so much cheese you can no longer see it counts as a daily serving of kale). Fortunately for those who think of kale as mostly decorative there are plenty of other sources of lutein: spinach, yellow carrots, brocoli, eggs (with yolk), and tomatoes. Have fun and get creative!
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Lutein, found in leafy greens, may counter cognitive aging." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 July 2017.
Ma, Le, and Xiao-Ming Lin. “Effects of Lutein and Zeaxanthin on Aspects of Eye Health.”Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol. 90, no. 1, 2010, pp. 2–12., doi:10.1002/jsfa.3785.
It's that time again!
Northwest Vision Institute is proud to partner with Hopelink this year to collect donations of food and household items. Hopelink has provided over 2 million meals to needy families in East and North King County.
While we are happy to collect all donations, there are certain items that are most in need.
We will be collecting items through 2017 at both locations
Bring donations to your appointment, or stop by anytime!
Eye lids can also become puffy or swollen due to clogged glands in the lids that lead to small, painful bumps called styes, or chalazion if it is deeper in the eyelid. You may also have watery eyes, the sensation that something is in your eye, and increased light-sensitivity. These can occur on both the upper and lower lids and are caused by inflammation and gland blockage. These bumps might resolve on their own but can remain if not treated. It is also quite possible that if ignored, they can become permanent.
The general recommendation for treatment includes hot compresses and gentle massage. Do NOT “pop” the stye as you could cause permanent damage. Please call for an appointment for further advice and recommendations.
More serious, though less common, options include orbital cellulitis (infection of the tissue around the eye) and ocular herpes (viral infection that can eventually damage the surface of the eye and lead to permanent vision loss).
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