What can we tell from the condition of our eyes?
Dark circles or ongoing fatigue indicates low iron levels but can also be genetic.
Puffiness under eyes indicates our kidneys are not working properly.
Yellow lumpy deposits may possibly a fatty build up in internal organs, possible high cholesterol.
Concerned about your losing eyesight, perhaps due to long sightedness, macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts?
Many nutrients are highly concentrated in the eye, including vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants such as lutein which is found in greens. The blood supply to the eyes is essential and many of the same factors that lead to cardiovascular risk may actually in fact worsen eye health. Lack of blood sugar control leads to diabetes and this is one of the major promoters of losing eyesight.
As we age our sight may deteriorate. To prevent this from happening what can we do to correct these common eye problems and how can we keep them healthy throughout our lives.?
Age-Related Macular Degeneration is happening to people as early as in their forties and fifties. Researchers have found that certain supplements and lifestyle changes can stop this common, debilitating disease and many other eye diseases in order to keep your sight sharp through old age.
Over 30 million worldwide have Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly of European descent. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can develop very slowly. The cells in the macula at the back of the eye wear out and become damaged, leaving a blank area of vision. This can lead on to a faster-developing ‘wet’ AMD, where the body starts to grow new, abnormal blood vessels underneath the damaged macula. These can lead to bleeding and scarring and permanent sight loss. A common, early sign of dry AMD is yellow deposits under the retina and is often found in older people.
Risk factors for AMD include smoking, obesity, high caffeine intake, poor insulin control and oxidative stress. Passive smoking almost doubles the risk of degenerative eye diseases. Having immediate family members with AMD also raises your risk of developing the disease. The macula is sensitive to damage from UV, sunlight thus people with paler colour eyes are more prone.