Ophthalmology News recently published an article based on research from the school of medicine, Tufts University Boston.  They looked at almost 3000 eyes and compared each with the patients’ dietary information. After much research, they found a connection between cortical cataract development and carbohydrate consumption.  The greater the carbohydrate intake, the greater the risk of cortical cataract development.

Dr. Chiu theorizes, “Prolonged exposure of lens proteins to excess glucose results in extensive glycation…The consequence of this may include oxidation, cross-linking, aggregation, and precipitation of the modified lens proteins, leading to cataracts.”

Therefore, if you want to minimize your chance of cataracts, try to minimize your carbs.


Wear your sunglasses to help prevent macular degeneration 😀

We all know that cigarettes are bad for you…for your lungs, your heart, your overall health. But here’s another reason to stop smoking.  According to the the Jules Stein Eye Institute’s recently published newsletter, a “UCLA Study Links Smoking to Increased Risk for (Macular Degeneration).  A study finds that even after age 80, smoking continues to increase one’s risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). UCLA researchers reported that women who smoke had an 11 percent higher rate of AMD than other women their own age, while the risk of developing the condition became five-and-a-half times higher for women over the age of 80 when compared to women the same age who didn’t smoke. ” So basically, simply put: it’s never too late to quit.

For a quick tip to reduce eye allergies this spring… make sure you take a shower before bedtime and wash your hair. Going to bed with pollen-filled hair just fills your pillow with pollen which you transfer to your eyes all night long. Wash your hair, keep your pillow pollen-free, and make your eyes extra happy 🙂

Cholesterol medicine not only lowers cholesterol but helps prevent cataracts.

As read in the April 2010 issue of Ophthalmology Times… “According to an article in the February 2010 issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology, a decade-long study of 180,000 patients showed that taking statins lowers the risk of cataract. Men in the age range of 45 to 54 years…who took statins daily lowered their chanced of developing cataracts by 38%. In woman, the effect was less dramatic but still significant (18%).”

It would probably be a bad idea, but in theory, if you were to eat a pound of bacon a day, get high cholesterol, see your primary care physician and get a prescription for Crestor you could prevent cataracts???

According to the May 2010 Issue of Reader’s Digest, page 84, “….(Bionic eyeballs)….are really a symbol of hope for millions of people with retinal disease and age-related macular degeneration, two major causes of blindness. The invention works like this: A tiny camera, attached to a pair of glasses worn by the patient, gathers images much as a real eye would, then transmits them wirelessly to a titanium-encased microchip on the eyeball. The chip stimulates retinal nerve cells, which then send pictures along the optic nerve to the brain. ‘ The implant can’t restore full vision,’ says coinventor John Wyatt, PhD, an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ‘ but our goal is to provide enough that a patient can walk down a familiar street without a cane or a guide dog.’ He’s aiming for FDA approval within three years.”

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), and the American Optometric Association (AOA) have joined forces to educate to all prescribers of Flomax of the increased incidence of complications with cataract surgery in patients previously or currently treated with Flomax-like medications.  A recent survey of cataract surgeons themselves showed the majority of surgeons report that Flomax:

1. Makes cataract surgery more difficult and

2. Increases the risk of surgery

The majority of these surgeons:

1. Recommend a pre-treatment of ophthalmic evaluation before starting or sampling Flomax

2. If they themselves had mildly symptomatic cataracts, they would avoid taking Flomax or would have their cataract removed before the first dose.

Moral of the story….if you are contemplating beginning Flomax or Flomax-like medication, and have cataracts that need to removed, consult your Ophthalmologist first.