vision loss

  1. You won’t BELIEVE what’s STEALING your eyesight

    For years we’ve all been told the same thing… 

    Worsening eyesight is just part of getting older.  

    There’s nothing you can do but keep buying stronger reading and prescription glasses, right? 

    Wrong.  

    The truth is, there’s something you’re using every day that unleashes damage on your eyes… and could have you rocketing toward total blindness.  

    And you’ll never believe what it is…  

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    Throughout history, we’ve done crazy and dangerous things to ourselves.  

    People used to wear watches made with radioactive iridium… and hats made of felt cured with mercury.  

    And we didn’t realize the hazards until people (usually workers) started getting sick.  

    Someday, we’re going to look at blue light from digital devices (like computers and cell phones) the same way.   

    This blue light has been linked to macular degeneration in a recently published study in the journal Scientific Reports 

    Blue light leaves our screens and transforms cells in our eyes into killer cells that damage our retinas.  

    No damage is caused by green, yellow or red light – just blue light.  

    Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the United States and experts think it may be increasing due to all of the blue-light-emitting screens all around us.    

    The problem with this blue light is that it damages our retinas (as I just discussed), and our cornea and lens cannot block that wavelength of light.  

    Now, I know you’re not going to get rid of your cell phone and computer – in fact, these devices are how I communicate with you every day.  

    But you need to make sure you’re looking away from these screens frequently. And you can actually download blue-light-blocking apps for your computer and phone.  

    For added protection, there are key nutrients that protect our eyes:  

    • Curcumin is the yellow compound found in the curry spice turmeric. Curcumin can help reduce oxidative stress and protect the retina, beat back retinal degeneration, and ease inflammation in both the eyes AND the brain. 
    • Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown in studies to help protect photoreceptors in our eyes.  
    • Other plant-based carotenoids, like lutein and zeaxanthin (which are frequently paired together), have been shown to support healthy vision. The combination of the two may improve vision in cases of age-related macular degeneration.
  2. Protect your eyes with resveratrol

    Resveratrol can fight vision loss

    Can a glass of wine protect your eyes and fight macular degeneration, as all the recent headlines claim?

    Well... no... but pour yourself a glass and drink up -- it's good for you anyway -- while I pour some cold water on the new study.

    This one, on mice, finds that resveratrol -- the so-called "red wine antioxidant" -- can block the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes and even cause the ones that are already there to vanish.

    Those abnormal blood vessels are what ultimately lead to macular degeneration, the number one cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. It might also help fight other forms of vision loss, including diabetic retinopathy.

    So far so good... so what's my beef with it? Nothing, if we're just talking about resveratrol.

    But as far as red wine goes, you'd have to polish off several bottles a night to get amounts equivalent to what was used in the new study.

    That won't protect your vision. That'll give you a permanent blur -- not to mention a wobble when you walk.

    You see, the media can't resist hyping the "red wine" angle for any study on resveratrol. But truth is, red wine might be great for your health -- any alcohol is, in moderation -- but it's not a great source of resveratrol.

    So if you want to get this or any other benefit of resveratrol, get your hands on a quality supplement. You'll find resveratrol sold on its own or as part of an antioxidant blend.

    And feel free to wash it down with that glass of wine.

    PS: If you really want to protect your peepers, take some fish oil. Fish oil can reduce the risk of both forms of AMD -- "wet" and "dry" -- by a third or more. Learn more in this free report from the Daily Dose archives.

  3. Diabetes drugs can cause vision loss and blindness

    A new warning for anyone taking common diabetes drugs, including Actos and Avandia: These drugs can double or even triple the risk of serious vision loss.

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