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OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford

Eat Well, See Better?

There’s now another reason to eat your vegetables: A recent US study has found that those who eat foods rich in lutein and zeathanthin will have healthier eyes…

Another Reason to Eat Well…
These are nutrients that are especially found in leafy dark green vegetables. People who eat these types of vegetables are 35% less likely to develop the most serious type of Macular Degeneration (MD) – a sight threatening disease of the retina. It’s easy to increase these nutrients by eating spinach or broccoli. Often people report that they “don’t like them”, but that can be because they’ve been over cooked. Try a salad of mixed greens that includes spinach leaves. There are other simple steps to reduce the risk of MD: Don’t smoke; exercise regularly; protect your eyes from UV damage; and eat a balanced diet with fish and of course, those dark green leafy vegetables.
Recent television news stories have reported the use of digital retinal images to detect the early signs of some forms of dementia.
Of course, early diagnosis also leads to earlier treatment. In a study of 5,553 patients aged over 55 years in the Netherlands, digital retinal images were obtained and then study participants were monitored for an average of 11.6 years. During this time 655 patients developed dementia. The results showed that an increased risk of vascular dementia was associated with retinal veins that had a larger calibre, or width. 
The association with dementia also remained significant even after adjustment for stroke and cardiovascular risk factors. Digital imaging has always been useful for early detection of diabetic retinal disease and age-related macular degeneration. Now these new results for dementia reinforce the procedure’s value, at the time and as a baseline for comparisons.  This research is still in its infancy, but it highlights the constant changes and improvements in healthcare.

Your Routine Eye examination should be anything but routine…

Twice as many people are afraid of going blind as are afraid of premature death or heart disease.  Yet far too many people compromise on their vision care, substantially increasing the risk not only of significant vision loss, but potential failure to detect life-threatening diseases. When performed correctly, by a fully qualified optometrist, and sufficient time is allowed, your eye examination not only determines the need for vision correction, but is also a check for a range of diseases and other health issues that can be detected through your eyes. There are many cases of patients having their lives saved by an optometrist detecting a major disease, such as cancer, during a “routine” eye examination.
Your optometrist is a fully qualified, medical professional who should be an integral part of your health care team, alongside your GP, dentist and any other specialist medical advisors you may use to safeguard your health.

Improvements to OrthoK
Exciting new news at Visique Milford! We are now able to tend to those in the higher prescription ranges. Previously Ortho-K was only viable up to -7.00D. If you have been turned away from Ortho-K or laser eye surgery, there is hope for you yet. Contact us today for more information.
Additionally, keep an eye out if you are long sighted as this will be available to us in the coming months. Free yourself from daytime contact lenses and
glasses today!

- Melissa Hay

by Melissa Hay