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I had a patient in today asking me about remedies for her puffy eyelids and dark circles under her eyes. To me, that falls under the cosmetics realm but while she was in the exam room I went to Amazon.com to see what was available and I found 100 cosmetics products that are marketed for the skin surrounding the eyes. Having no personal experience with any of these products, I thought I’d post the products in order of their Amazon popularity. Most of the big names are in on this, but there are plenty of manufacturers that I’ve never heard of.
I don’t know if I can get any readers to admit to using these products, but I welcome any feedback on what has or hasn’t worked.
Here is your link to Amazon: Treatments for Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
As an alternative, here is a link to Discovery Health that offers up some natural remedies.
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For the eye doctor in your life who already has all the eye chart mugs, ties and t-shirts.
I swear sometimes I don’t know how I come across some of these things. I think I was shopping for a laptop bag or a watch when I started finding all of these eye doctor-related gifts and thought it would make for a good topic for those who haven’t finished all your shopping for your eye doctor (optometrist, ophthalmologist, optician, etc)!
So just in time for the Twelve Days of Christmas, here are some gift ideas (maybe stocking stuffers) for the very cool eye doctor in your life. Click the links if you’re interested in shopping for them. It will take you to the websites that actually sell the products. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
On the First Day of Christmas
A Looking Good Mirror from CoolMaterial.com
On the Second Day of Christmas
Eye Glasses Pillow Cases from Amazon.com
On the Third Day of Christmas
Hand-carved Wooden Eyeglasses Holder from Amazon.com
On the Fourth Day of Christmas
An Eye Chart Cocktail Shaker for the back office from Amazon.com
On the Fifth Day of Christmas
Eye Chart Socks from StCroixShop.com
On the Sixth Day of Christmas
Zippo Eye Chart Lighter from PokerWorld.com
On the Seventh Day of Christmas
Eye Chart iPhone Case from Amazon.com
On the 8th Day of Christmas
Eye Chart Flip Flops from CafePress.com
9th Day of Christmas
Eye Chart Flask from ExecutiveGiftShoppe.com
10th Day of Christmas
Eye Doctor Metal Wine Bottle Holder from Amazon.com
11th Day of Christmas
Eye Chart Cufflinks from Amazon.com
12th Day of Christmas
Eye Charm Bracelet from Etsy.com
I came across this article in Science Daily about LCD technology that is being integrated in to the matrix of contact lenses. Here you see a photo of a contact lens with a simple dollar sign embedded in to it. It got me to thinking about what other kind of breakthroughs this might lead to in the future.
Surely photochromic contact lenses can’t be too far away. The most popular name brand in eyeglasses in Transition lenses, which darken outdoors and return to clear lenses indoors. Many patients over the years have been asking for this technology in contact lenses.
What about contact lenses that change color through an app on a smart phone or mood-changing contact lenses?
Lenses are already in development that will deliver medication in to the eye at predetermined intervals. You can read more about that at Medical Xpress.com. It could make eyedrops a thing of the past.
Why not auto-focus contact lens technology, which has already been tried in eyeglasses? It hasn’t worked as well as we’d hoped in glasses, but that doesn’t mean their not trying to improve upon them.
And then of course the idea of putting a heads-up display in front of us could be a really cool feature. Get your GPS guidance through your contact lenses. Read your texts or play a virtual reality video game.
Of course other issues arise regarding the affordability of these lenses. How comfortable can they be? And can the brain process all this information at one time and still be safe on the road or walking down a busy street.
But you owe it to yourself each year when you go in for your contact lens exam to ask your eye doctor about what’s new in contact lens technology. She might just email you an answer through her contact lenses.
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So last week I was searching for blog ideas. Mainly I was looking for ways to prevent writer’s block. And I came across an incredibly helpful website called Blogging Your Passion. It’s run by two very successful bloggers who put together multiple videos showing you how to create a very nice website blog.
Well, I signed up for their Blogging Your Passion (BYP) 101 course and over the last 3 days have learned many extremely helpful tips on how to build a website that gets readers’ attention.
You may notice the new logo. I created it thanks to their guidance plus learned how to create all sorts of other logos. Also the side bar can be designed to include advertisements and other widgets, and I could go on and on. Now it’s still up to me to produce the content. But the enhancements they showed me will keep this fun for years to come.
If you’re interested in learning how to improve your blog, I’ve included the link to their site. Click here to view more details.
If you’ve already begun blogging and want to take it to the next level, they have a BYP 201 course. Click here to view more details about that course.
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I found it most helpful to start at BYP 101 even though I wasn’t starting from scratch as the 101 would imply.
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More and more I get questions from patients about what they can get in their diets to keep the eyes healthy. There’s a long list, so I thought I’d hit them individually and pass on the information that I’ve found. Several Bilberry supplements are available on Amazon.com and this one also has lutein and gingko. Admittedly, there’s not a lot of research to back a lot of the claims but I invite you to read the following article and look in to it further for yourself.
WHAT DOES BILBERRY DO FOR THE EYES? from Livestrong.com
Sep 28, 2010 | By Christy Callahan
Bilberry, or Vaccinium myrtillus, has been used medicinally for hundreds of years, and has the potential to benefit your eyesight. Native to Europe and the United Kingdom, both the leaves and the fruit of the plant can be made into extracts or medicinal teas. Recently, studies have taken place in an attempt to investigate bilberry’s effectiveness in improving or preventing eye conditions. Talk to your doctor before taking any herb or supplement.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s website, Nccam.nih.gov, bilberry was historically used to treat diarrhea and scurvy. The ancient Greek physicians, states Botanical.com, would also recommend the herb for these conditions. The website also states that a decoction of the leaves or bark was also used to alleviate ulcers in the mouth and throat. According to Chiro.org, bilberry was given to fighter pilots during World War II to improve their night vision.
Recently, studies have found this herb to contain antioxidants, which may be helpful in preventing or combating illnesses and conditions. Bilberries contain anthocyanins, states an April 2010 study in “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” which are antioxidant flavanoids derived from red or purple fruits. According to Chiro.org, anthocyanins have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compounds. Antioxidants, like anthocyanins, help to combat inflammation, reversing the effects of free radicals and oxidation, which can damage cells and tissues.
The eyes are an incredibly complex organ replete with nerves and a vascular system, or network of blood vessels. Preventive-health-guide.com states that the eye is particularly sensitive to oxidative damage. Because its cells cannot regenerate, the lens is particularly susceptible to free radical damage. When its epithelial cells are exposed to free radicals, the proteins in the lens can clump together, forming cataracts. The site also states that the retina is easily damaged by free radicals, as it uses more oxygen than any other tissue in the body.
BILBERRY AND OCULAR INFLAMMATION
In the above mentioned study in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry,” bilberry extracts were evaluated in rats with ocular, or eye, inflammation. With inflammation, levels of nitric oxide, NO, increased; however, the researchers at Jinan University in China discovered that introducing bilberry extracts reduced the levels of NO. Bilberry also increased oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) levels, glutathione levels, vitamin C levels, and other antioxidant levels. Bilberry effectively reduced inflammation of the eye in this study. Although this study shows potential, talk to your doctor before using bilberry for eye disorders.
BILBERRY AND RETINAL HEALTH
The retina is easily damaged by free radicals. Bilberry extracts, with their anthocyanins, have the potential to protect your
retina. A study published in “Molecular Nutrition and Food Research” in July 2009, studied the effects of bilberry on retinal ganglion cells, which are the nerve cells of the retina. Researchers at Gifu Pharmaceutical University in Gifu, Japan tested bilberry on cells in a laboratory as well as live mice models. They discovered that bilberry’s anthocyanins inhibited toxicity of the nerve cells, decreased free radical activation and inhibited retinal damage. If you have any disorder of the retina, talk to your doctor before using bilberry extracts.
- Berry Fruit Guide (berries.com)
- What is a flavonoid? (mnn.com)
- Some Bilberry Fruit Extracts Adulterated, says Nonprofit Research Consortium (sys-con.com)
The last three Mondays I’ve been seeing patients at at our new Vision Source location in Olmos Park. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Olmos Park is a city within the city. It was developed in the 1920s as an exclusive suburb of San Antonio. The community is mostly noted for its large Mediterranean style homes, tree-lined streets, and secluded park-like setting. It’s a beautiful community.
The schedule was light this past Monday (can you call 3 patients light?) so I decided to grab some business cards and go say hello to some of the local businesses. I visited the three other doctors’ offices in our plaza and had a very nice visit with Dr. Sandra Carrell Tremblay at Alamo Heights Chiropractic Health Center. She was gracious enough to spend a few minutes showing me around her office where I was quite impressed with the workout facility and the massage therapist. If you need a quick 10 minute massage on that sore shoulder or the full 60 minute session, they have lots of options to help you feel better. But they offer so much more, so be sure to check out their website and facebook page.
After lunch, I went to the local coffee hot spot called Olmos Perk. Although I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I saw their menu online and noticed they made smoothies, had some nice bakery items and a Happy Hour, just in case that’s ever needed. It was busy there around 2:00 pm with most all seats occupied with people surfing the internet and sipping on their beverages. The Very Berry smoothie hit the spot. I chatted with their manager for a few minutes and left a couple of cards before moving on.
From there I went in to a professional center with mostly dental offices and noticed there was an ocularist in building. An ocularist is a person who specializes in fitting of ocular prostheses for people who have lost an eye or eyes due to trauma or illness. Despite being in practice for over 12 years, I’ve never met someone in this trade so I was eager to visit. Jean Thompson with Thompson Ocular Prosthetics, Inc welcomed me in with open arms. The picture to the left includes just a few samples of what may more commonly be known as glass eyes. She’s the kind of person who’s good to know, although you hope you never have to send one of your patients to her for obvious reasons.
Another place I need to check out is Olmos Bharmacy. That’s not a typo, it’s Bharmacy with a B. This building, built in 1938, was originally a pharmacy. The
style of the exterior was considered quite daring for the area at the time, and today the building is an architectural treasure. The Olmos Pharmacy closed in 2005, but the soda fountain, which has run continuously since the opening of the building in 1938, has remained intact, offering hamburgers and thick shakes during the day. And now, come nightfall, you can sip a glass of Alexander Valley Cabernet or down a Shiner Bock at the new Olmos Bharmacy, which occupies the space originally used for the pharmacy. You have to check out their website to learn more.
There’s definitely more to this San Antonio suburb than what I’ve touched on here. I look forward to visiting more over the coming weeks. I’m going to try to check out the Bharmacy as soon as I can!
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- Olmos Park finds alternative to spraying biting mosquitoes (kens5.com)
- Spotlight on city’s ‘roadside treasures’ (mysanantonio.com)
From MSN’s Healthy Living column…
14 Things Your Eyes Say About Your Health
Learn how bad eyesight and common eyesight problems may indicate larger health issues.
By Paula Spencer, Caring.com
Looking someone straight in the eye may or may not reveal their honesty—but the eyes can tell you about cholesterol, liver disease or diabetes, if you know what to look for.
“The eye is a unique window into health,” says ophthalmologist Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. “It’s the only place in the body where, without surgery, we can look in and see veins, arteries and a nerve [the optic nerve].”
The eyes’ transparency explains why common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can be detected early with regular eye exams.
“Unfortunately, people get busy and delay not only eye exams but regular physicals. That’s why eye doctors sometimes discover other issues, like diabetes or high blood pressure,” Iwach says. Especially vulnerable, he says: People like caregivers, who worry about others around them while neglecting care for themselves.
Keep your eye out for these 14 problems.
What it means: Shaved eyebrows are a fad (or fashion, if you will) in some circles. But when the outer third of the brows (the part closest to the ears) starts to disappear on its own, this is a common sign of thyroid disease—either hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland). The thyroid is a small but critical gland that helps regulate metabolism, and thyroid hormones are among those critical to hair production.
More clues: Brows tend to thin with age naturally. But with thyroid disease, the brow-hair loss isn’t evenly distributed; it’s a selective dropout on the ends. There’s usually a loss of hair elsewhere on the body, too, but the brows are so prominent, it’s often noticed here first. Early graying is a related sign of a thyroid problem. Women are more often affected than men, and hyperthyroidism especially strikes women in their 20s and 30s.
What to do: Mention this symptom to a dermatologist or your regular doctor. Most other symptoms of both hyper- and hypothyroidism are notoriously broad and general. Before you see a doctor, make note of any other changes you’ve noticed, possibly concerning weight, energy levels, bowel or menstrual regularity, mood or skin changes.
A stye that won’t go away
What it means: The vast majority of the time, a small, raised, often reddish bump along the inner or outer eyelid margin is just an unsightly but innocuous stye (also called a “chalazion”). But if the spot doesn’t clear up in three months, or seems to keep recurring in the same location, it can also be a rare cancer (sebaceous gland carcinoma).
More clues: Actual styes are plugged-up oil glands at the eyelash follicle. Fairly common, they tend to clear up within a month. A cancerous cyst that mimics a stye, on the other hand, doesn’t go away. (Or it may seem to go away but return in the same spot.) Another eyelid cancer warning sign: Loss of some of the eyelashes around the stye.
What to do: Point out a persistent stye to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in the eye). A biopsy can confirm the diagnosis. The stye is usually removed surgically.
Bumpy yellowish patches on the eyelid
What it means: Xanthelasma palpebra, the medical name for these tiny yellow bumps, are usually a warning you that you may have high cholesterol. They’re also called “cholesterol bumps”—they’re basically fatty deposits.
More clues: Sometimes people mistake these bumps for a stye, but with xanthelasma, there tends to be more than one bump and they’re quite small.
What to do: See your doctor or a skin or eye specialist. A diagnosis can usually be made by sight. An ophthalmologist can also examine the eye and see deposits; for this reason, in fact, sometimes high cholesterol is first diagnosed during a routine eye exam. The problem usually isn’t serious and doesn’t cause pain or vision problems. A physician will also evaluate you for other signs of coronary artery disease.
Burning eyes, blurry vision while using a computer
What it means: You might be a workaholic, and you definitely have “computer vision syndrome” (CVS). The eyestrain is partly caused by the lack of contrast on a computer screen (compared with ink on paper) and the extra work involved in focusing on pixels of light. What’s more, by midlife the eyes lose some of their ability to produce lubricating tears. Irritation sets in, adding to blurriness and discomfort.
More clues: Does the problem worsen in the afternoon (when the eyes tend to become drier)? Is it worse when you’re reading fine print (more eyestrain)? People who wear glasses or contacts tend to be bothered more by CVS. “Sometimes the problem is made worse by a fan positioned so it blows right in the face,” the AAO’s Iwach adds, noting that the air further dries tired eyes.
What to do: Reduce glare by closing window shades, investing in a computer hood, or checking out antireflective coating for your glasses (if you wear them). Simply tinkering with the contrast of your screen can help, too. White areas should neither glow brightly like a light source nor appear gray. Flat-panel LCD display screens (like those on laptops) cause less eyestrain than older models. Keep reference material close to the same height as your monitor, giving your eyes a break from having to refocus so much.
Continued:Increasing gunk in the eye