Hello, to all of my readers! As I continue with Eye Health in the month of July it made sense to talk about some common eye disorders. Today, I will discuss Night-Blindness, and Age Related Macular Degeneration. Like most disorders there are things you can do to slow, or possibly improve, the progression. If you read my post about foods that keep eyes healthy, then you might already know that Vitamin A is very important for healthy vision. Keep reading to learn more. This post may contain affiliate links.
Night-Blindness is more of a symptom of an Eye Disorder, than a disorder itself, usually with the Retina. You will notice you have it because you won’t be able to see well in the dark or low light situations. It will take some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Some people with Night-Blindness literally see nothing except a black spot. Now it isn’t like normal eyes adjust real fast from bright light to darkness. Apparently, it takes 20-30 minutes for a normal eye to completely adjust from bright light to darkness. That is a long time if you ask me. You can learn more about Night-Blindness in the video below, or read here. A Vitamin A deficiency can be a cause of Night-Blindness.
Age Related Macular Degeneration is an Eye Disease that gets worse over time, and can lead to complete blindness. There are two types of AMD, wet and dry. The videos below explain it well but, Dry AMD occurs when people get Drusen in the Macular part of the Retina of the eye. It causes blurry vision like when reading. Your eye doctor will test for this and it is recommended you see an eye doctor at least every two years. Wet AMD, occurs when the tiny blood vessels leak blood into the eye. If you can not afford to see an eye doctor, or glasses, please click here for resources that will help you. My other eye articles may have other resources, so be sure and find them in the archives.
I have strange eyes. I have blogged about this topic before. I see an eye doctor every two years and no explanation for my strange eyes. I use OTC eye drops to keep them lubricated and I wear reading glasses when needed, as well as glasses for distance for night driving only. My acuity comes and goes and I believe it is more related to diet and my Kidney Disease than anything else. I also use an eye warming mask a few times a week to help with the dry eye symptoms I have.
Foods rich in Vitamin A: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Red Pepper, Cantaloupe, Mango, Black Eye Peas, Cod Liver, Beef Liver, Dairy, Dried Apricots, Herring, and Tomato Juice. Corn is not too bad of a choice for Vitamin A.
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