Monday, January 30, 2012

Eggs are good for you and your eyes!

Egg yolks are an excellent source of lutein. Lutein helps prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Our bodies cannot make lutein so it is important to get it from our diet. 

Current research shows a beneficial effect of eggs on eye health without a detrimental effect to cholesterol and lipid levels.

Choose eggs that are enriched with omega-3 fatty acids and consume the yolk.

For more information, visit:


Wenzel, AJ, Gerweck C, Barbato D, et al. A 12-wk egg intervention increases serum zeaxanthin and macular pigment optical density in women.  J Nutr 2006; 136: 2568-2573.

Goodrow EF, Wison TA, Houde SC, et al. Consumption of one egg per day increases serum lutein and zeaxanthin concentrations in older adults without altering serum lipid and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations. J Nutr 2006; 136: 2519-2524.

Friday, January 27, 2012

CNIB - A Great Canadian Organization

We are very fortunate in Canada to have the CNIB.  Most Canadians have heard about the CNIB but many  aren't aware of the many great resources that the CNIB has and provides to visually impaired Canadians.  Throughout my 13 years of practicing optometry, I've referred many patients with various levels of visual impairment to the CNIB.  However, not until recently did I learn of all they really have to offer.

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. 

Yesterday, I participated in the CNIB open house event at the St. Catharines office to celebrate their re-location.  The CNIB is very active in communities with many community based offices.  However, they also provide services to people in their own homes.  Here are just a few of the services they provide:

  • Low Vision Evaluation - Low vision specialists work with patients to find various low vision aids such as magnifying glasses and telescopes to help with reading, crafts, watching TV and other tasks and activities
  • Independent Living - Specialists work one on one in a person's home to help with daily living tasks such as using a stove, microwave, doing laundry or other activities.
  • High-Tech Low Vision Aids - Specialists demonstrate various technological devices such as computers with specialized programs and CCTV (closed circuit televisions). 
This is the tip of the iceberg.  The services provided by the CNIB run deep.  They have helped so many Canadians.  I encourage everyone to take a look at their website and support this worthy charity.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Eyefoods at Pelham Library

Dr. Barb and I will be at the Pelham Library (43 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill, Ontario) on Tuesday, January 24 at 6PM.  We will be talking about Eyefoods:  Why they are important, What they are and How you can incorporate them into your diet.

Visit the Pelham Library website for more information.

We'd love to see you there.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eat more green leafy vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are extremely high in lutein and zeaxanthin.  They also contain beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and fiber.  This balance of eye nutrients makes them a staple in an Eyefoods diet. 
Lutein and zeaxanthin are absorbed better by the body when consumed with healthy fats.

  • Eat leafy green vegetables daily. 
  • Enjoy them both cooked and raw.
  • Eat a variety of leafy green vegetables ensuring to include kale at least once a week.
  • Add a small amount of healthy oil to your leafy greens.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's winter; so what? You still need to protect your eyes from the sun!

UV light exposure increases the risk of AMD and cataracts.  Even children need to protect their eyes from the sun as we receive 80% of the tolerable amount of UV before the age of 20.

Follow these recommendations when choosing sunglasses:

  • Consult with your optometrist
  • High quality lenses will have UV 400 protection and filter blue light
  • Polarized sunglasses will help reduce glare and enhance visual performance
  • Inexpensive low quality sunglasses will often have the UV coating sprayed on. This UV protection eventually wears off.  As a result more UV light enters the eye because your pupls are elarged behind the dark lens. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stick to your New Year's resolutions for your vision's sake!

The number one New Years's resolution is to start a fitness program.  Sticking to it is the challenge.  Motivation sources are often helpful to keep going.

Excersizing at least 3 times per week can slow the progression of macular degeneration.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends:
Adults:  2 ½ hours moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week
Children:  60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day

Create a fitness plan that is easily integrated into your lifestyle.  Exercise with the entire family, or a friend. Take the stairs, choose the furthest parking spot at the mall and do a few jumping jacks during TV commercials.  As funny as it may sound,  every little bit helps.