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11 Shortcuts to a Healthier You

11 Shortcuts to a Healthier You

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

Living longer and feeling better doesn’t have to be drudgery. Armed with the right tools, a man can completely protect and preserve his own body. What you’re about to read is your own personal toolbox. Top to bottom it contains all the right know-how you need to avoid a disaster down the road.

Prevent Colon Cancer

Swap the chips for a snack that may save your life: Brazil nuts. They're the top food source of selenium, a mineral that one study showed may reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 60 percent. It looks promising as a way to help prevent colon cancer. A couple of Brazil nuts a day will help you hit the target amount of 200 micrograms of selenium.

Ulcer Proof your Stomach

If a type of bacteria called H pylori is the firebug that ignites most ulcers, then a serving of broccoli sprouts is your edible sprinkler system. In a study sponsored by the US's National Academy of Sciences, sulforaphane - a phytochemical in the sprouts - killed off any H.pylori that was exposed to it. Try folding sprouts into your omelet’s or using them in a sandwich. (Regular broccoli contains some sulforaphane, too.)

Beat Bad Breath

Gargle with nature's mouthwash: green tea. When researchers at the University of British Columbia tested different strategies for eliminating bad breath, they found that green tea was most effective at wiping out the germs and the volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) that cause stench mouth. (Chewing gum and mints actually increased the amount of VSC.) Make green tea at home and give it a good swish around in your mouth before swallowing.

Protect your Prostate

Blueberries are the fruit with the most antioxidant firepower, but plums may be the real nukes against prostate cancer. Preliminary research at Texas University found that phyto-chemicals in red-fleshed plums inhibit prostate-tumor cell growth in the laboratory by 80 percent - 20 percent more than blueberries do. The research is still in the early stages, but there's definitely no downside to eating plums.

Stop a Heart Attack

Harvard medical school researchers found that drinking one or more cups of black tea a day was associated with a 45 percent decrease in heart attacks. The flavonoids in the tea may reduce the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. And it doesn't have to be any fancy tea; Lipton or Five Roses will do the artery-clearing trick just as well.

Stop Sweating

Put on your antiperspirant at night, before you go to bed. Even after you dry off from your morning shower, your pores still hold enough water to dilute the antiperspirant. By comparison, your skin is completely dry by the time you're ready to hit the sack, allowing the antiperspirant to concentrate in the pores. If you need peace of mind, apply antiperspirant in the morning, but it isn't necessary; the active ingredients- aluminium chloride or zinc chloride - are good for 24 hours.

Prevent Diabetes

Whip up a peanut-butter-and-jam sandwich. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that those people who ate peanut butter just once a week had a 16 percent lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes than those who didn't eat any. One explanation may be the fats in peanut butter. Previous studies have shown that a high intake of mono-and polyunsaturated fats improves insulin sensitivity.

Start Losing Weight

A 250ml yoghurt (the light kind) contains 400mg of calcium, almost half of the 900mg research shows you need to eat each day to keep the obesity gene turned off. If you don't get enough calcium, the body stores fat more readily. Plus, yoghurt has eight to 10 grams of protein, which helps suppress appetite and may boost the activity of Leptin, a hormone
that plays a key role in kilojoule burning.

Short-Circuit a Headache

Try pinching the webbed area between your thumb and index finger (either hand) for 30 seconds. It's called acupressure, and while researchers haven't carried out a randomized, placebo-controlled study on the strategy, the theory is that it stimulates nerve impulses to the brain and reverses blood-vessel dilation. Expect your head to stop throbbing in about 5 minutes.

Save your Eyesight

Carrots have the rep, but go with mangoes. They're loaded with beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, three antioxidants that protect your eyes from vision-altering, free-radical damage. We know that these antioxidants help decrease vision loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Avoid a Stroke

Chug 500ml of orange juice. In a 10-year study of 2 400 men, Finnish researchers found that the men taking in 200 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day, had a lower stroke risk than those taking in only 40mg of C. Researchers attribute the reduction in risk to vitamin C's ability to minimize artery damage from free radicals, reduce blood pressure and help control cholesterol.

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Looking At Tiny Screens Could Hurt Your Eyes

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Joseph

Millions of Americans spend much of their waking hours with their eyes fixated on computers, cell phones and television screens all the while scarcely noticing the fact that using them for extended lengths of time is putting a tremendous strain on their eyes.

According to a Japanese study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Ophthalmology, using computers for a protracted number of hours strains the eyes leading to a decrease in a fluid important to eye health.

Researchers selected 96 young and middle aged Japanese office workers for a study of the frequency of eye problems in people who use computers.

The research team collected tear samples from the participants and information about their eye problems (if any), using questionnaires as well as a diagnostic exam for the presence of dry eye disease.

The study demonstrated that mucin 5AC (MUC5AC) concentrations - a protein in human tears - was lower among people with eye strain and those whom used computers for a long period of time. Moreover, people with dry eye disease tended to have lower concentrations of mucin 5AC than people without the disease.

Ophthalmologists and optometrists are very familiar with a condition known as Chronic Vision Syndrome (CVS) which increasingly effects computer and cell phone users.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), computer glare and reflections on the screen forces the eyes to work harder.

Added to this is the fact that texts and images on computer screens are viewed at different angles than on printed paper; this forces the eyes to focus and move in ways that are potentially damaging to them.

People who already suffer from astigmatism, far sightedness, and aging can worsen CVS.

According to the AOA, people who spend two or more hours in front of a computer are most susceptible to CVS.

According to Penn Medicine, the following symptoms are characteristic of CVS

  • dry, itchy, red eyes
  • blurred vision
  • headaches
  • neck aches
  • muscle fatigue
  • back aches

According to the AOA, Chronic Vision Syndrome can be diagnosed through eye exams which look at patient history, measurements of visual acuity, refraction, as well as tests that for eye focus, movement and how well they work together.

While the condition usually isn't permanent, if the problem is not corrected, the symptoms of CVS can worsen over time, and possibly even prevent future use of computers and cell phones.

Penn Medicine ophthamologists say that CVS symptoms can be reduced by following a few simple steps including

  1. Reduction of computer glare. Placing a hood on the computer monitor, adjusting the contrast and brightness of the screen and making the room a little darker could improve eye focus.
  2. Keeping your distance from the computer. Keep the computer at arm's length ca reduce eye strain.
  3. Placing the computer four to eight inches below the eyes in order to reduce itchiness, dry eyes and neck strain.
  4. Maintaining good posture. Sit in a chair with a back rest, and make sure to that the your forearms on the arm rests are kept at a 90 degree angle.
  5. Taking a break. Spending lengthy amounts of time at the computer isn't healthy. Blinking the eyes can prevent them from becoming dry and irritated. Standing up can give your muscles a chance to relax.
  6. Maintaining a clean, humidified work environment. Dust and low humidity can dry out the eyes, and make them more irritated. Working in a location that is dust-free and humidified can be helpful to your eyes.

Most folks rely so much on computers and cell phones that they tend to ignore some of the dangers it could potentially do to their eyes.

But we must never take our vision for granted, because if we don't take care of our eyes, we may lose them forever.

 

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Article References

Uchino Y, Uchino M, Yokoi N, Dogru M, Kawashima M, Okada N, Inaba T, Tamaki S, Komuro A, Sonomura Y, Kato H, Argüeso P, Kinoshita S, & Tsubota K (2014). Alteration of tear mucin 5AC in office workers using visual display terminals: The Osaka Study. JAMA ophthalmology, 132 (8), 985-92 PMID: 24903353

Computer Vision Syndrome http://www.pennmedicine.org/ophthalmology/patient-care/eye-diseases/computer-vision-syndrome.html

Computer Vision Syndrome http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome?sso=y

Mucin 5AC - wikipedia.org

 

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Higher Education Could Lead To Nearsightedness

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Joseph

The image of the college nerd sporting thick rimmed glasses may not be such a far fetched stereotype afterall. According to research published in the journal Ophthamology, highly educated people tend to be more nearsighted than people with less education.

Alireza Mirshahi of the Department of Ophthamology at University Medical Center Mainz, Germany and colleagues made the discovery through an investigation into the magnitude and prevalence of nearsightedness in association with the number of years spent in school and the level of post schooling secondary education.

In order to accomplish this, the team examined 4685 adult men and women between the ages of 35 to 74 whom were participating in the Gutenberg Health Study which is a large scale population based study of citizens residing in Mainz, Germany.

The results of their study yielded some interesting tidbits of information about nearsightedness and education that will be of great interest to studious readers.

The team found that irrespective of gender, the more times passes after graduation, the more likely a person was to be nearsighted. For instance, people who graduated 13 years prior tended to be more myopic than folks who graduated 10 years, after 9 years and people who didn't complete secondary school.

More specifically, when they looked at the percentages of educated nearsighted people and those of less education they found that

  • 6o.3 % of people who graduated from school after 13 years were nearsighted
  • 41.6 % of people who graduated from school after 10 years were nearsighted
  • 27.2 % of people who graduated from school after 9 years were nearsighted
  • 26.9 % of people who never graduated from secondary school were nearsighted

Moreover, university graduates were more nearsighted than people who graduated from secondary school or primary school.

In terms of percentages it was like this:

  • university graduates were 53 % more likely to be myopic
  • 34.7 % of secondary vocational school graduates were myopic
  • 34.6 % of primary vocational school graduates were myopic
  • 23.9 % of people who did not have professional training were myopic

Based on the results of the study, Mirshahi et al reached the following conclusion: "Participants with higher educational achievements more often were myopic than individuals with less education."

Could the results they obtained be the end product of over studying? Many muscles control eye movement, and like any muscle that becomes overworked, it can lead to eye strain.

Myopia or nearsightedness is a condition in which the eyes have difficulty seeing objects that are far away. The eyes become adjusted to seeing things up close, and studious people are often very astute readers. So it would stand to reason that this could lead to nearsightedness.

In any case, the German study gives us something to think about.

 

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Article References

Mirshahi A, Ponto KA, Hoehn R, Zwiener I, Zeller T, Lackner K, Beutel ME, & Pfeiffer N (2014). Myopia and Level of Education: Results from the Gutenberg Health Study. Ophthalmology PMID: 24947658

Gutenberg Health Study

Greene, Peter R. (1981--1--1) Myopia and the Extraocular Muscles. , 163-169. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-009-8662-6_24

Facts About Myopia - National Eye Institute

 

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Are Prescription Sunglasses Right For You?

Are Prescription Sunglasses Right For You?

Submitted by: A Noton

If you have ever faced the intense glare of the sun, then you know how it can block your vision, especially when driving, on the golf course, or when out for a walk on the beach. If you require a prescription for sight improvement, you will be happy to know that prescription sunglasses are available for a wide range of prescriptions. Getting prescription sunglasses is definitely worth the investment in maintaining good eye health and vision correction.

There are many benefits to getting prescription sunglasses which is why they have become so popular among all age groups. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or on the road, prescription sunglasses are very beneficial as the prescription improves your sight while the sunglasses effectively block the glare of the sun. Prescription sunglasses are available for just about every type of lens prescription. This includes special prescriptions for such lenses as progressive lenses and bifocals. If you require lenses to help you read when relaxing on the beach or by a pool, there are vision prescriptions for people with presbyopia, which you can get with your sunglasses.

As with non-prescription sunglasses, prescription sunglasses are offered in many fashionable frame styles. They are many different styles, shapes, designs, and sizes available, as well top brand name sunglasses worn by celebrities. There are also many different colors as well as blended colored frames available. In addition, there are a number of eyeglasses manufacturers offering wrap around prescription sunglasses with fewer extreme curves so there is less distortion.

You can get prescription sunglasses in various lens materials such as polycarbonate, metal, high index, Trivex, regular plastic, as well as glass even though they are heavy and are prone to breakage. You can also get prescription sunglasses with a photochromic tint which automatically darken in the sun and then return normal when you return to the indoors. It is important to note that these lenses are not effective when driving as the windshield blocks a considerable amount of UV so they do not darken much in the vehicle.

It is vital that you protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. UV and glare protections are available with prescription sunglasses. You have the option of a variety of lens darkness and colors offering UV protection with non-prescription sunglasses. Just make sure it offers 100% UV protection. In addition, prescription polarized sunglasses offer glare protection as it prevents light bouncing back from such reflective surfaces as snow, pavement, and water.

You can find prescription sunglasses cheap when you shop online, often up to a 70% discount. There are reputable online eye wear retailers offering a wide range of sunglasses at discounted prices. You just need a prescription, your credit card, and you are ready to find the perfect pair of sunglasses that meet your vision correction needs and fashion tastes. You may event want to buy a couple of pairs of trendy eyeglasses online. When planning to buy sunglasses, consider getting quality prescription sunglasses online. If you aren't comfortable with contact lenses, they are definitely a worthwhile investment.

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Try Bilberries In Your Diet For Long Term Eye Protection

Try Bilberries In Your Diet For Long Term Eye Protection

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

Like other anti-oxidants, plant flavonoids (or bioflavonoids) are important protectors against the cellular damage and associated degenerative diseases caused by free radicals. Flavonoids are also the compounds which give fruits and vegetables their colour, and the juice and skin of the bilberry, like that of cranberries and elderberries, is particularly rich in a type known as anthocyanidins, which impart their distinctive blue pigment.

Recently hailed by nutritionists as a “superfood”, European bilberries are close European relations of the American blueberry and it is the distinctive blue anthocyanoside pigment which is held responsible for its beneficial effects.

The body’s connective tissue, or collagen, depends heavily on this type of flavonoid, which is also particularly important in improving blood circulation, strengthening capillary walls, and in facilitating the action of vitamin C throughout the body.

The pigment is also believed to act as an anti-bacterial agent, which is particularly effective in countering intestinal problems, but it is from its effect on the circulation that most of the benefits of bilberries are derived.

Most famously, bilberries in the form of jam were used by British Royal Air Force pilots during the Second World War as a means of improving night vision. And this effect was generally accepted during the 1960s and 1970s. More modern research, however, is inclined to reject the evidence as inconclusive, and does not accept the claims of nutritional therapists that bilberry may also help alleviate everyday shortsightedness or myopia. It has been suggested, however, that anthocyanasides may help with the production of essential enzymes within the eye, which by increasing the output of energy may improve the general functioning of the organ.

Bilberry’s beneficial effects on the capillaries are also held to improve the circulation of the blood within the eyes. The central area of the eye’s retina, the macula, is made up of the light sensitive cells, the health of which is essential to good vision. Behind these cells is a dense mass of tiny capillaries which supply them with oxygenated blood and essential nutrients. The maintenance of the strength of these capillary walls is essential, and serious problems with vision may arise if any weakening through disease or oxidative degeneration leads to any leakage of blood into the retina itself.

Diabetics are known to be particularly prone to these kind of eye problems; and as well as possibly helping prevent the diabetic retinopathy which may follow on this capillary damage within the eyes, bilberries are also credited with lowering the high blood sugar which may have contributed to the problem in the first place.

Bilberries’ anti-oxidant effect within the eyes is also a factor in combatting cataracts and age related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness in older adults.

Bilberry supplements are readily available and often found in combination with lutein and zeaxanthin, anti-oxidant carotenoids which are also thought to have powerful beneficial effects within the eyes, and particularly in combatting the progressive loss of vision caused by AMD.

Needless to say opinions are strongly divided as to the effectiveness of these preparations. The general opinion of the medical and opthalmic professions may be summarised as “case not proven”, at best, but nutritional therapists and alternative practitioners swear by them. Of course the attitude of the opthalmic profession is not surprising given its record of hostility to the work of such as Dr. Bates in seeking alternatives to artificial methods of correction (ie spectacles), and in its persistent rejection of the compelling evidence in favour of more natural methods.

And indeed there is an almost reflex tendency in orthodox medicine which seems determined to meet anything which sits outside the conventional “wisdom” with scepticism if not outright hostility. Of course we should welcome rigorous scientific enquiry and an insistence on the proper testing of evidence as a safeguard against the more extravagant claims of those interested only in selling products of dubious value. But anecdotal evidence as well as direct personal experience suggests that modern science doesn’t always get it right.

And when it comes to a food like bilberries there’s really no barrier to setting personal experience against the abstract research. We’re talking about an entirely natural food stuff, with a long history of human use, which can be obtained very inexpensively, and which can do no harm in any quantities conceivably likely to be ingested. If the claims made for bilberries as a super food and anti-oxidant are even partly true the question must be: why wouldn’t you try it?

So although I normally I hate puns, this was one I couldn’t resist. In the case of adding bilberries to your diet, the best approach may be, quite literally, to try it and see.

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Lutein And Zeaxanthin For Healthy Eyes

Lutein And Zeaxanthin For Healthy Eyes

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

“Carotenoids” is the term which describes the large range of more than 600 phytochemical pigments from which many plants derive their characteristic red, orange or yellow colourings. Those most commonly found in modern Western diets are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene.

Alpha and beta-carotene have traditionally attracted most attention as they can be synthesised by the body to form vitamin A, one of the body’s most powerful anti-oxidants, immune system boosters and infection fighters. More recently lycopene has won substantial publicity as a possible weapon in the battle against cancer, particularly that of the prostate.

Like lycopene, neither lutein nor zeaxanthin are “pro-vitamin A” active substances in the way that alpha and beta-carotene are, but the evidence now indicates that they also function as valuable fat-soluble anti-oxidants within the body, and as such may be particularly important in preventing free radical damage to the delicate but vital fatty structures of the body’s cells such as the membranes. These fat-soluble anti-oxidants also help to prevent the oxidation of low-density blood lipids (LDL), the so-called “bad cholesterol”, which is implicated as a major factor in the development of cardiovascular disease.

But in addition to sharing the general health giving anti-oxidant properties of carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin have been highlighted for their role in maintaining visual health, and particularly in protecting against the principal causes of loss of vision in later life, ie age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

The macula is the centre of the eye’s retina, and its degeneration is the main cause of visual deterioration and ultimately even blindness amongst the elderly in affluent Western societies. Since lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids found in the retina, particular attention has been paid to their possible role in eye health, and it appears that both may play a role in preventing oxidative damage from blue and ultra-violet light, ie sunlight, in the macula. Like every other structure in the body, the cells of the retina are vulnerable to free radical damage in the absence of sufficient anti-oxidants and research published in the Journal of the American Medical association in 1994 suggests a 43% reduced incidence of AMD for those following a diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin anti-oxidants as against those whose diet was poorest in these foods.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are likewise the only carotenoids found in the lens of the eye, where ultra-violet light and oxidative damage can cause the growth of the cataracts that frequently obscure the vision of the elderly. Several research studies have demonstrated that diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, particularly dark green, leafy vegetables, may reduce the incidence of cataracts by as much as 25-50%. Conventional medicine nevertheless continues to insist that these findings may be due to elements in a lutein rich diet other than lutein and zeaxanthin themselves, although commonsense would seem to suggest that as these are the only carotenoids present in these vital structures of the eye, nature has probably put them there for a good reason.

The consumption of ample lutein and zeaxanthin requires the consumption of a wide variety of vegetables, particularly the dark, green leafy varieties which are the best dietary source. So a cup of cooked spinach, for example, will provide up to 30,000 mcg, kale around 25,000 mcg, collards or turnip greens perhaps up to 20,000. Squash, peas, sprouts, pumpkin and broccoli, amongst others, may also be useful sources, but will provide rather lower quantities.

As with other carotenoids, the optimum absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin requires the presence of dietary fat. But this is not too tough to achieve so long as the required vegetables are taken as part of a meal also including some meat, particularly red meat.

Supplements containing either lutein, zeaxanthin, or a combination of the two are readily available as an alternative, the combination supplements normally containing significantly more lutein than zeaxanthin. But whilst conventional medicine has largely accepted the value of a diet rich in these carotenoids in helping to ensure continued eye health, it remains skeptical as to the value of such supplementation. Alternative practitioners, of course, admit to no such doubts and urge the benefits, particularly for those with particular reason to fear the onset of age related optical health problems.

And although such practitioners tend to recommend supplements in quantities which ought to be easily achievable through the consumption of a selection of the foods listed above; it appears that many people are still not managing to consume such a diet. This is evidenced by the sad fact that around 25% of the over sixty-five age group show some signs of AMD, and that several hundred thousand people are blinded by it each year.

So as ever, the sensible and cost effective precaution appears to be to combine supplementation with a normal daily diet already well supplied with foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin.

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Statins Could Raise Your Risk Of Blindness, Research Suggests

 

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Joseph

Drugs that are intended to control your cholesterol could have some very serious unintended consequences new research suggests. According to a report published in JAMA Opthamology, statin drugs raise the risk of developing cataracts.

Jessica Leuschen of Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center, San Antonio, Texas and colleagues analyzed patients of a military health care system in order to compare the risks for development by comparing statin users to nonstatin users.

Patients were divided into two groups based on medications that were filled during the 2005 fiscal year.

The first group included patients who received a 90 day supply of statins (13,326 patients), the second group included patients who never used statin medication during the study (32,623 patients).

Leuschen and her colleagues then matched 6972 pairs of statin users and nonusers for an analysis that revealed something very disturbing: people who took statins were 27 percent more likely to develop cataracts than people who did not take them.

Indeed it appears that an unintended consequence of taking statins is that it raises the risk for the patient to become blind.

In light of that result, what does this mean for people who rely on statins to control their cholesterol?

While statins lower bad cholesterol and thus is an important to heart disease prevention, cataracts are among the leading causes of blindness, affecting an estimated 20.5 million  Americans, but on the other hand statins are prescribed to prevent and treat heart disease.

 In terms of whether these medications are worth the risk, Leuschen and her colleages wrote that the benefits and costs of statin use - and particularly in terms of primary prevention - should be carefully weighed.

 

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Leuschen J, Mortensen EM, Frei CR, Mansi EA, Panday V, & Mansi I (2013). Association of Statin Use With Cataracts: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. JAMA ophthalmology PMID: 24052188

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Where Can I Donate Old Eyeglasses and Cases?

Where Can I Donate Old Eyeglasses and Cases?

Submitted by: A. Nutt

We are all always looking for items within our homes that we can donate to good causes. However, we may not realize that the most unexpected things can be donated. There are people all around the world who need all sorts of things. Amongst those things are eyeglasses and eyeglass cases. Now, you’re probably wondering why old eyeglasses and eyeglass cases make for great donations. But just know that there are plenty of children and adults out there who need the gift of sight so that they can make it through each and every day.

You definitely have plenty of donation options, which will be discussed a little later. However, it is important that you know the benefits of donating and what you can and cannot donate. That way you can ensure that you’re definitely passing on something that someone can use.

What qualifies?

Everyone that wears glasses has old frames sitting around somewhere. When we’re done with our glasses we simply put them in a drawer somewhere. In other cases we may just throw them away. But before you throw those eyeglasses away, you need to read on because you can help someone somewhere in the world see their surroundings in a way they have never seen them before. They may not be able to afford new glasses, which means they’re struggling with their eyesight.

So what glasses can you donate? Well, it is ideal that the glasses be in good shape. This means that they are totally intact. Some organizations will take them if they are broken, but within reason. They need to be easily fixable. It is a good idea to read the rules and regulations of each organization before donating.

Another great thing to do is donate your cases. When eyeglasses are donated, the individuals receiving them need to have a place to store them when they’re not in use. So if you have any cases hanging around, you may want to donate those as well. These organizations can never have too many eyeglasses or cases. They need what they can get because there are people all around the world needing the gift of sight.

What organizations?

There are quite a few organizations you can donate to. First of all, you can check with your local optometrists to see who they donate to. They usually have a box sitting in their lobby that allows you to drop off your old eyeglasses and cases. The optometrist’s employees should be able to tell you about what it is you need to do to donate. They should also be able to tell you what can and cannot be donated. Don’t expect there to be too many restrictions.

As for the organizations, you can donate to Unite for Sight, Inc., your local Lions Club, or another local organization in your area. You may even find an optometrist in your area that reuses the glasses and cases that are donated to them. They will fix them up and give them to people for free when they are unable to afford them.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to donating your old eyeglasses and cases. Not only are you helping someone see better, but you are helping their self-esteem and how they function in the world. It also makes you feel really good about yourself and what you have done for someone else. You are truly doing something that is great. So make sure you check around in your area to see what your donation options are. If you can’t come up with anything in your area, you can check out the websites of various organizations to find out how you can donate to them.

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How to Read a Prescription For Glasses

How to Read a Prescription For Glasses

How to Read a Prescription For Glasses
By Amy Nutt

If you go to an eye care professional for all of your optical needs, then reading your eyeglass prescription is something that you may never have to worry about. However, if you ever plan on trying to order a pair of eyeglasses online without visiting the optician's office it's imperative that you know how to properly read your prescription it you want to get a pair of glasses that you can see out of.

You prescription will often be delivered as a pair of numbers - one number under the Latin abbreviation of OS (your left eye) and the other under the Latin abbreviation OD (your right eye). The farther away either number is from zero in either direction (plus or minus) the worse your eyesight is and the more correcting your vision will need for you to be able to see clearly.

If the numbers in your prescription are in the positive it means that you are farsighted, or that you have problems with seeing things close to you; if the numbers are in the negative it means that you are nearsighted or that you have difficulty viewing objects that are far away.

If you suffer from astigmatism you'll see three numbers in your eye glasses prescription - the first of which will represent both of the numbers seen in a prescription of a person who doesn't have astigmatism, the second number will represent the severity if the astigmatism - the larger the number here the greater you are effected by the astigmatism. The third number in the prescription of a person who suffers from astigmatism will be between zero and one hundred and eighty and this number reveals the location of the astigmatism. For proper corrective treatment of astigmatism, the technician making your lenses needs to know the location of the astigmatism in degrees as well as the level of severity.

Each of the numbers that you see in your eyeglass prescription is crucial to the final result, the numbers may be whole numbers or they may be fractional (like 1.25, representing one and one quarter) and the exact number is required for you to be able to see clearly. The numbers represent "diopters" which is the unit of vision correction from which your lenses will be manufactured. If you are off by even a fraction of a point when relating the information of your diopters, your glasses may not be as precise as they need to be to properly correct your vision. When relating all of the numbers and symbols of your eyeglass prescription for an order it's imperative that you be precise or you will receive a pair of glasses that won't properly correct your problem.

There are other considerations when contemplating ordering prescription glasses online that don't necessarily have to do with your prescription itself, but that could seriously affect the corrective properties of your glasses. The most common number not represented in your prescription that you'll need to know when ordering glasses online is the distance between your pupils, or your PD. There's a good chance that your PD will be imprinted somewhere on your old glasses, if you've still got them - if you don't the number isn't all that difficult to get. You'll need a ruler that measures in millimeters and a mirror. All you do to get you PD is to look straight ahead into the mirror and hold your ruler directly below your eyes to measure the distance between the centers of your pupils. The most common distance for a PD is between 58 and 70 mm, so if your distance is either well under 58 or well over 70, you might want to measure again.

Reading your prescription and ordering glasses without visiting the optician is certainly possible, but if you have any questions about what you're reading it's highly advisable to visit your eye care professional to be certain that you get it right - eyeglasses are expensive and you certainly won't be able to return a custom pair, so make sure you get everything right before you make anything final.

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How Are Prescription Eyeglasses Made?

How Are Prescription Eyeglasses Made?

How Are Prescription Eyeglasses Made?
By Amy Nutt

Many, many people across the country and across the globe need some sort of vision correction in order to be able to see well enough to perform even some of life's most basic functions. Things like reading a newspaper or deciphering the symbols on a traffic sign would be almost impossible for some people without the help of corrective lenses - what's surprising though is that with all of the people who have an inherent need for corrective lenses, very few actually know how their prescription glasses are actually put together.

Making corrective lenses actually begins at the point of the eye exam, a person is examined by an eye care professional to determine what their prescription is - and then that information is sent off to a lab. Once the numbers are in the technician's hand, he or she will determine what type of prescription blank is closest to the corrective requirements. The prescription blanks are preformed lenses that are flat on one side and curved on the other and most commonly made of impact resistant plastic. The thickness of the blank selected will be determined by the corrective needs of the individual patient. The prescription lens blank is expertly ground done by the technician until it will provide the corrective properties that are needed by the wearer.

Once the appropriate curvature for the prescription ahs been reached, the edges of the lens are then ground down to fit the frames that were pre chosen by the patient. It's at this point in the process that the lenses will be specialized if necessary with things like tinting or UV protection.

Then lenses need to fit securely into the chosen frames so it often necessary to heat them in order to make them pliable before insertion into the frames occurs. Once the lenses are securely installed into the frames it's time for everything to be cleaned up, packaged and shipped out to your eye care professional for you to pick up.

Though the process doesn't sound incredibly difficult, it is a very exact science - even a minor error on the part of the technician could render the glasses useless to the patient, so the utmost care and precision must be exacted with every single lens that goes into the grinding machine.

Once you get your glasses, you must exact great care in making sure that they don't become damaged. Some frames are made to handle abuse, they are flexible and can almost bounce back from instances that would have destroyed and older set of frames - even though the technology with lenses has come a long way they still aren't capable of holding up well to excessive abuse. If your lenses get scraped up or heavily scratched, it could be back to square one, prescription lenses can't be ground down to remove marring because that would end up changing the prescription of the lenses and therefore effect the vision of the owner.

If you exercise the caution that you should when wearing your prescription glasses, damaging them shouldn't be a very big concern but if you are careless in either the handling or cleaning of your prescription lenses you may find that you need a new pair much sooner than would normally be necessary. frames can be costly because of the work that goes into producing them properly, most people can't afford to be replacing a pair of prescription glasses more frequently than is necessary as a result in a change to their prescription. So think about all the care and hard work that goes into crafting your prescription glasses before you do any undue damage to them through improper handling.

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