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April 7 – Healthy Eyes
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Eyes are the integral part of our lives. Often neglected, eyesight deteriorates. It is important to take care of our eyes early on. And it starts with early childhood prevention, balanced diet and physical activities. A huge role lies on parents and care-givers at this stage of person’s development.

Later in life, we gotta remember to give our eyes a break by following very simple, yet vital steps of avoiding eyesight loss. Immediate doctor attention could prevent serious condition to evolve into a tragic eye vision loss.

The purpose of today’s AM Coffee is to remind ourselves of some eye conditions and see the tips and recommendations that could contribute to better eyes in our lives.

The eye has special nutritional needs. Here are the major nutrients they need, and the best sources for each. It is best to get these from whole foods, lightly cooked, if at all, and not form supplements. The body processes whole foods much better than supplements and provides additional benefits besides the specific ones noted here.
 
Beta carotene, antioxidant:
Carrots, Bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts, Sweet potatoes 
 
B vitamins:
Whole grains, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, cantaloupe,
spinach, parsley, broccoli, beets, turnip and mustard greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, calf’s liver, and lentils.
 
Vitamin C:
Usual suspects plus, peppers, guava, kiwi, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, peas, papaya 
 
Lutein and Zeaxanthin:
Spinach, kale, broccoli, dandelion greens, paprika, red pepper, cayenne, turnip greens, cress
 
Omega-3: 
Wild salmon and sardines (get the wild kinds)
 
Vitamin E:
Tofu, Sunflower seeds, Olive oil, Almonds, Sweet potatoes
 
Zinc:
Oysters, Lamb, Wheat germ, Cocoa, Pumpkin Seeds, Lentils, Quinoa
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  1. CoffeeTime says:

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  2. CoffeeTime says:

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    • Comment and Say ‘Hello’ to all who will be here with you
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    • Do you have any specific questions about EYES, Eye Sight, Eye Wear?

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Good morning all. I have been wearing glasses since I was in second grade.

    • Lisa Nicholson says:

      Good morning!

    • Good Morning All, #AmCoffee

    • lauramroque says:

      Hi everyone. I had a question about when you should start getting your child’s eyes checked. Do you wait for them to show signs of eye strain? Do you the them as soon as they can read? I’ve run glasses since I was 7 and it was luckilycaught so I really don’t have bad vision even though I’ve used them over 20 years.

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Laura,
        You gotta watch your child ALL THE TIME!
        The signs could be as “insignificant” as not paying attention to your picture book or sitting way too close to the TV screen.

        I would do these 2 things as the least:
        1. Routine eye doctor’s exams (at least 1 time a year)
        2. Watch for any complaints from my child or see anything different in behavior when it comes to eyesight

        Also, if a child has had a major accident or fall when head or even other body parts were involved – I’d check his eyes by the doctor! What happens is that during a major shake, break accident, blood capillaries inside or around our eyes could be affected.

    • Good Morning Ladies…….going to grab my second cup of coffee this morning…..I’ve worn glasses/contacts since 5th grade. I always hated glasses and the day I graduated highschool I took my glasses off and threw them away……didn’t wear glasses/contacts again for twenty years!

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Good morning everyone!!! I’ve worn glasses since 3rd grade but luckily my eyesight hasn’t changed much in the past 25 yrs (20/300 then to 20/350 now) I’m wondering if there is a specific way to prevent cataracts down the road as I age or if genetics is what determines your risk for them?

      • Cynthia Dubuque says:

        Good morning! I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 10 and contacts since I was about 12 so I can’t think of any questions.

      • Karen Hinkle says:

        I can say with age I need my glasses I cant see a well as I use to and when I hit 40 so did my eye sight so I need them to read

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Cataract Prevention …

        There’s no proven way to prevent cataracts. Certain lifestyle changes may help to slow down the formation of a cataract:

        – No smoking
        – Diet rich in DHA and Leafy veggies
        – Protection from sun by wearing sunglasses and hats
        – If a person is diabetic – keep it under control
        – Avoiding tanning and sun booths (oh, my, it’s death to your skin!)

        • Carol Yemola says:

          My husband had eye surgery which introduced oxygen into his eye. The doctor told him that he would probably developed a cataract in that eye within a year. Six months later he needed it removed! And now I am starting to develop one in my left eye. Isn’t growing old fun! LOL

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      Morning

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      Morninghow can I stop having my eyes change every time I see the eye doctor every year

    • I always wear sun glasses out side even in winter. Im a sunglass hoarder.lol

    • melissa renee augustus says:

      good moring

    • Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

      Good Morning Ladies!

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Good Morning, Sounds like another great topic today!! 🙂

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Hello!! I’ve worn glasses/contacts since Jr. High! Dh has worn them almost his whole life and poor dd just started wearing them this year (she is in Kinder) but will only wear them for reading and watching TV! Our ds is the only one who got off scott free (although he did wear them for a year in elementary for astigmatism – it corrected on it’s own!)

    • Carol Yemola says:

      HELLO and Good Morning All! I have worn glasses for the past several years and thinking about getting contacts. Have an appointment next month. This certainly is a timely #AMCoffee!

    • michelle passwaters says:

      Good morning!! Let’s make the most of this rainy day with some great conversation!

    • Carol Yemola says:

      I currently wear trifocal glasses. Can I get contacts? Someone told me no.

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Carol,
        That’s what I hear about many-focal contacts. Sad, but I guess technology is not there yet.

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      GOOD MORNING LADIES!!! And yes I have a question!! My whole family has blue eyes and we all have vision problems. Is it true that having blue eyes is a genetic mutation?

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Having blue eyes does not have anything to do with Bad vision!
        And NO, blue eyes are not genetic mutation. Eye color is an “instance of structural color and varies depending on the lighting conditions, especially for lighter-colored eyes.”

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      Good morning everyone, happy Monday!

    • Good morning!

  3. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE #1

    Here are some conditions you can easily recognize. Knowing the symptoms and prevention routs could help to take it to the doctor’s!

    Nearsightedness
    If a person has a difficulty to see things that are farther than 6 inches away, it could be caused by Nearsightedness. With this condition, eyes have difficulty to focus on things that are far away.

    – Visit an eye doctor (ophtalmologist)
    – Laser procedure can correct nearsightedness

    Farsightedness
    You may not be able to read or perform tasks up-close due to blurred vision. A good chance good be that you can see things blurry when they are far way.

    What to do:

    – Visit to a doctor who would prescribe eyeglasses or contast lenses
    – Surgery can correct farsightedness

    Presbyopia
    It happens when the lens in they eye loses flexibility and makes it hard to see Up Close.

    – Visit eye doctor
    – You may need non-prescription reading glasses for close work, especially in poor light
    – Laser eye surgery may help correct presbyopia

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    Photo Courtesy WebMD

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Ok I do know I am farsighted and didn’t know that surgery can correct it because always thought it was only doable with nearsightedness. Also I wear bifocals and have a very hard time reading without the light. This started happening around age 41 to me when I couldn’t read phone book without my glasses. It is actually a scary feeling. It is very important to get children in to the eye doctor at a very young age because glasses early can prevent somethings in the future. My lil niece Lucy who is 2 is now wearing glasses. One of her eyes in farsighted and the other is nearsighted. Never heard of that happening ever until her.

    • Very interesting, I think I have 20/20

    • lauramroque says:

      My mother on law is farsighted and I’m near sighted so I always find out odd Eden she takes off her glasses to see things I’m getting off her. I guess i have to remember it’s an equal problem.

    • Lisa Nicholson says:

      I’ve needed reading glasses since my early 40’s. Gradual change but frustrating since I do alot of reading and crafts. Needlework is the worst. Wasn’t aware that surgery may help Presbyopia.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I am nearsighted and without corrective lenses cannot see things more than a foot away without them getting fuzzier and fuzzier (My eye Doctor says as far as reading things close to my face I have surprisingly “young” eyes-which I guess is good in my mid 30’s.) I can read very tiny print very close to my face easily. I wish I could afford surgery and ditch the glasses but I cannot even afford contacts for the past 10 yrs 😉

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      I thought I needed reading glasses but went to the eye dr and found out the prescription in my glasses was too strong and that’s why I was having trouble.

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      I wear glasses and can only see close but not far away I’m fine with wearing glasses though interestiing 🙂

    • I know Im farsighted. I got reading glasses to prevent a strain on my eyes.

      • Karen Hinkle says:

        I need glasses but when I get them they are to strong for me and cause me to have a mirgrain and I end up not wearing them and just buy reading glasses I try to tell the Dr they are to strong but he says you will get use to them but as a mirgraine suffer I end up not wearing them

    • melissa renee augustus says:

      i been telling my hubby for years i need glasses because i have trouble seeing half of what i read

    • Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

      I have been using reading glasses since I was about 32 and I am 51 now, but I do need to go have an eye exam! My husband who is 53, had early cataracts and had them removed last year and loves that he can now drive at night!

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Have been far sighted very long time, now use bi-focals, seems like surgery last thing doctors want to do anymore unless no choice.

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      We are all (with the exception of ds) nearsighted here!

    • Carol Yemola says:

      I first noticed that I needed glasses when everything I was reading was fuzzy. I do a lot of sewing and needlework so clear eyesight is a must.

    • michelle passwaters says:

      I just recently went to the eye doctor and got a new pair of glasses. I am nearsighted. I have worn them since I was 13 …well I haven’t had a pair of glasses in years because I could never afford the doctors but I’m super excited about seeing clearly again! The doctor discovered I have scar tissue on my eye and astigmatism I am definitely going to be taking good care of my eyes from now on!!

    • wendy c g says:

      My family just had our eyes checked. I wear glasses for nearsightedness.

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      This is interesting. I’ve always got confused between near and far sightedness. So far, (I’m 34) I have been very lucky when it comes to eye sight and have not had to get glasses or contacts. I’m sure eventually I will at least need reading glasses. I think both my parents got them around age 40. I did have my eyes checked for the first time from an ophtalmologist last year. What an experience that ways! The stuff they put in your eyes and you can’t see anything but white light for hours!

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      Is it possible to be both near and far sighted?! Because I seem to have trouble in both areas? Also do you know anything about 6th cranial nerve palsy? I’ve been told I have that as well. And if so, what can I do to make it go away?

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Mandi,
        YES, it is possible to be Nearsighted on one eye and Farsighted on the other.
        Go the Doctor!

        • Mandi Gilliam says:

          Wow!! That’s crazy!!! I will go just as soon as I can!! I gotta make my son an appointment today too!!! But I had no idea that you could have both !!! Thank you!

    • 3/6 of us wear glasses at my house. My son got glasses in 2nd grade..he is farsighted. My 3 girls haven’t started school yet so we will see

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  5. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE #3
    Astigmatism – natural and commonly occurring cause of blurred or distorted vision. The exact cause in not known.

    Vision may be a bit blurry or distorted for far away or close objects. Most people have some degree of Astigmatism.

    Line of Actions

    – Visit to a doctor will determine whether you need Corrective lenses or Refractive Surgery (changing shape of cornea)
    – Astigmatism can get worse over time, hence comprehensive eye exams on the regular basis would help to catch early signs of deterioration

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    Photo Courtesy WebMD

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I have an astigmatism only in my right eye I believe. Second clock above is how I see without my glasses. I have brought my kids to the eye doctor since they were very little. They have an exam every year and I have one every two years.

    • Thanks for the great information! #AMCoffee

    • lauramroque says:

      I only have a slight astigmatism in one eye. My sister has it pretty strong I’m not and she complain How much Kate expensive contract lenses are even you have it.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      My sister has astigmatism which prevents her from being able to wear contacts.. If you have a slight one, they make contacts for astigmatism.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I’ve been told I have a slight astigmatism ,which when I was 15 made it alittle harder for me to get used to contacts but other than that I don’t think really affected me anymore than just bad vision has. I feel blind without my glasses.I wish it was as clear as the clock on the right-but I cant make out the numbers without glasses-lol

    • melissa renee augustus says:

      good to know

    • Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

      I was told sometime in my 20’s that I had astigmatism in my left eye, but it didn’t bother me then. It does now and I think I sometimes get headaches because of it! I will look through thru my Florida Blue Provider Directory and make an appointment! Thanks for all the information!

    • Awesome, Thank you.

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      We have this too! LOL

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      So true am always encouraging younger to take seriously even if they do not like wearing glasses I did not and they do get worse as get older.

    • Carol Yemola says:

      Both hubby and I have astigmatism and we both wear glasses. It is very annoying without corrective lenses.

    • michelle passwaters says:

      I’m getting more information here today than I did the other week at the eye doctor… Thanks for all the helpful info!

    • wendy c g says:

      Wow, good to know.

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      Wow, I’m learning a lot of information that I’m sure will come in handy in the future. I’ve never heard of Astigmatism before but it’s great to know what it is!

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      Both photos look blurry 🙁 i can’t remember if the eye doctor said that I had an astogmatitsm. I’m pretty sure that he did. Clearly I need to go back! I remember the first day that I got my glasses when I was 18 yrs
      Old (was first given glasses in the 5th grade but never wore them), it was like seeing in HD for the first time in my life. And that’s when I realized just how bad my vision had really gotten over the years. I don’t know what to do oter than wear glasses because LASIK is way to expensive.

    • I have astigmatism. The eye doc said it was triggered when I started driving and having to focus on thing more

  6. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE #4
    Migranes could be debilitating. Some people start seeing flashing lights, floating zigzag lines or shimmering spots, and even seeing an aura before migranes actually starts. Most migrane headaches with aura are painful.

    Here’s what WebMD doctors say:

    – There’s no treatment for visual symptoms.
    – If your headache is severe and you haven’t felt this bad before, tell your doctor immediately.
    – Over-the-counter pain relievers may help with mild migraine pain.
    – Prescription medications help prevent migraines or treat them when they hit.
    – Botox injections may make migraines less severe and frequent.
    – It helps to avoid migraine triggers — like sleep deprivation, dehydration, certain foods, and stress.

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    Photo Courtesy WebMD

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I was diagnosed wit chronic migraine. They can last for a couple of weeks if I let it go to far without taking something for them and laying down. I know sitting in front of the computer to long can cause a migraine to be triggered. I have noticed that when my migraine is going to be bad I will be very sensitive to noise and light. Everything seems to be motivated by ten. Turning light down on screen can help not trigger some what.

    • I don’t suffer from migraines but I have friends that do and they can be very bad, #AMCoffee

    • lauramroque says:

      That’s just awful I feel very fortunate to not have any eye problems this severe. Must be diFficult because seeing is not an activity you Can avoid like swimming. If swimming gives you a headache then you just don’t swim. You can’t just walk around with your eyes closed

    • Lisa Nicholson says:

      I don’t have migraines, thank goodness. I do suffer from headaches due to four cerival spine surgeries and they are bad enough.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      My brother, sister and I all get migraines and we each have very similar symptoms but different severity.. We all get slurred speech when we’re beginning to get one.. My brother is able to function somewhat when he has a migraine and his generally only last a day.. Mine, I can barely function and it’s spread out through a few days.. My sister, can’t function at all and it lasts typically a day / day and a half

      • Rebecca Swenor says:

        Before I was diagnosed my family used to think I was drunk a lot because I would slur my speech and couldn’t function normally.

      • Mandi Gilliam says:

        Yep, that’s where I’m at with it. It’s debilitating for me. I really don’t know how I’ve survived 🙁

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      I have migranes often but usually if I take a nap it helps

      • Karen Hinkle says:

        I have been suffering from migranes for years I have had all the test done to see why but no cure I hav to all the pills no cure I now see the chriopracter once a week and they are fading for me and the only thing that helped was Excedrin migrane for me

        • Rebecca Swenor says:

          Chiropractor is great for chronic migraines but addicting. When I am having the migraines I pray just for a moment for no pain after a couple of days with it.

          • Rebecca Swenor says:

            I also can’t take any aspirin products cause I am allergic to them it affects my heart. Migraine meds don’t work on me either.

          • Karen Hinkle says:

            I go once a week to the chiropractor I am his charity case he takes care of me for free I have a autistic grandson and he is doing this out of the kindness of his heart he even adjusts my grandson to he know the stress I am under so he took me in and I sure am glad it has helped me so muck

    • melissa renee augustus says:

      i get all the time i tell my dr and he keep say it my suin which i know it not

    • Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

      I don’t get them often, but when I do, I take 1 Aleve and it usually works. Thanks for all the information about Migraines and the warning signs!

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I am lucky that I do not suffer migraines (My mother , daughter and 1 of my sisters do and have for many years) .I’ve only had maybe 2 in my lifetime (and fell blessed for that-there seems to be limited relief for those I know that do suffer from them).

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      I have never had a migraine thankfully! Dh gets them every once in a blue moon – no idea what triggers them though!

    • I never get migranes. Thank God. I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible and always where sunglasses when I do go out.

    • Carol Yemola says:

      Thank heavens I don’t suffer from migraines. I know some people that do and they can be very harsh on your every day life. One friend must actually stay in bed until it passes.

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      I get them occasionally, would say probably from stress or diet, but is so true to care for immediately as can cause sight issues, hopefully one day they will come up with a cure to make them go away and not continue as some get so bad and not knowing onset could impair vision to dangerous levels especially if driving.

    • michelle passwaters says:

      Migraine are what made me go to the eye doctor, I had them everyday for months and they lasted all day and my fiancé told me it could be my eyes I never thought of that! But since I got my glasses I hardly have them.

    • wendy c g says:

      My aunt had migraines. My husband gets them, he has to lay down in cold, dark room.

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      I’ve actually learned a lot about Migraines over the last few years. Coincidentally, when I got married and got a different higher stress job? lol. Turns out they are tension headaches instead of migraines but I know all about debilitating head pain. It is horrible.

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      I see the shimmering lights when my migraines happen! It’s so out of this world painful! It looks like silver confetti, small but a lot of silver confetti. Only happens when I have a migraine. Thought it was high blood pressure until it happened and then I checked my BP and it was normal. So then I started wondering, why I am seeing these spots?! So my question is, is seeing the spots just part if the migraine? Or does it have something to do with my poor vision?

      • Karen Hinkle says:

        you all who don’t suffer from them are lucky it is no way fun I its the worst pain in the world

      • michelle passwaters says:

        Mandi I see spots to but mine look like white sometimes blue tiny lights I was told it could be low blood sugar which also causes migraine try eating something sweet it usually helps me

        • CoffeeTime says:

          Michelle,
          Not to scary you off. But that’s what they say on WebMD: “Blurry spots or specks in your vision that move may be floaters — debris in the eye’s vitreous gel. They don’t block vision and are more easily seen in bright light. Floaters are common and usually harmless. But if they appear or increase suddenly, or are accompanied by light flashes, you should see a doctor. Vision abnormalities that tend to be more serious include persistent white or black spots and a sudden shadow or loss of peripheral vision. These require immediate evaluation.”

    • I have two cousin that suffered from chronic migraines when we were younger. I can’t imagine having to deal with migraines all the time..I get 1 or 2 a year and they suck

      • Mandi Gilliam says:

        Yeah I get them on a regular basis. Pretty much all the time 🙁 but other than bad vision I have a lot of factors that come into play as to why I have migraines everyday. They never go away. Had one soo bad yesterday I was ready to goto the hospital. It’s somewhat better today. I just hope and pray that it isn’t as intense as yesterday

  7. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE #5
    Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition caused by retina deterioration that can lead to blindness. No cure for AMD has been found yet, but it can be treated with Laser Therapy, Medications, Vitamins and vision aids.

    Usually Happens in people over 60 years-old. That is why it’s referred to as age-related macular degeneration.

    Though AMD is neverl a totally blinding condition, it can be a source of significant visual disability.

    Signs of AMD:

    – Straight lines start to appear distorted, or the center of vision becomes distorted
    – Dark, blurry areas or white out appears in the center of vision
    – Diminished or changed color perception

    It’s very rare that a person must go to a hospital for macular degeneration problems. Because of the specialized nature of eye exam equipment, macular degeneration problems are usually handled best in the ophthalmologist’s office.

    Visual symptoms and/or eye pain may not be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration. You may need prompt diagnosis and treatment of a different eye condition.

    A person can get Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) diagnosis before actually experiencing any symptoms. That is why it is important to have regular annual eye exams.

    AMD develops gradually and it is called “dry” AMD.

    The emphasis is on EARLY Detection + Rich in DHA & Green Veggie Diet

    – Doctor visits are a must
    – The doctor may recommend fish oil supplements with high doses of vitamins and minerals
    – Diet rich in Green, Leafy vegetables and fish may reduce the AMD getting worse or the speed of the deterioration
    – If you smoke, stop.

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    • I always try to eat healthy, it benefits me in some many ways! #AMCoffee

    • lauramroque says:

      I don’t have this problem but I did overuse contact lenses in my late teens. And I had enlarged blpod vessels that almost task the center of my eyes. Wyeth they were discovered the optometrist refused to prescribe me contacts adding I was going to damage my eyes beyond repair. Every time I’ve had an exam since, diff doctors, they have all said how fortunate I am they did that because of they had gotten worse I could have lost vision. I can’t imagine not seeing my beautiful daughters face. Routine exams are sooooo sooo important when if you still see just fine Ruth current prescription

      • michelle passwaters says:

        Wow glad ur ok but my fiancé overuses his and sometimes his eyes swell! He has been using a pair of disposable lenses for over a year now! I’m really concerned but he is so bullheaded I might have to get reinforcement from his mom now! Glad were having this conversation today!

    • Lisa Nicholson says:

      My brother was just diagnosed with the start of macular degeneration. He is only in his 40’s. He takes special eye vitamins. Very scary.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      My grandfather has AMD and has for several years now. It helps him slightly to sit in well lit areas.

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      Wow I don’t have this problem nyt never knew about it I learn something new today !! 🙂

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      My grandmother on my dads side may have had this. I believe it is very important for early detection on anything. 🙂

    • melissa renee augustus says:

      my brother was fearsight in one eye and he hand a lazy eye in is other

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Wow I did not know this! No one in our family has had this before!

    • Awesome information.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      My mother had laser surgery (in her early 50s) for this .Back when she was mid 30s they told her she would probably become blind one day ….so glad they were able to prevent that. I had no idea smoking contributes to this condition (although I did/do know it wrecks havoc on so many parts of your body). So its dark leafy greens to help our eyes and not carrots?? Lol

    • Carol Yemola says:

      My mom suffered from AMD. She never smoked so that wasn’t the cause. But she was diabetic and I am sure that predisposed her to the condition.

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Great advice, personally am 44 and have early signs of glaucoma and am seen by my eye doctor every 3 months, the greens really do help to a degree, mine has not gotten worse they are testing and watching but have not had to start on drops or surgery or anything yet.

    • wendy c g says:

      This is great information to know. I’ve never heard of this.

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      Early detection sounds like a very important aspect of many disorders and diseases. I am pretty good about staying up to date with my annual dr. appts and check-ups. I started taking Fish Oil a couple years ago but haven’t been very good about taking it. This is a good reminder of the importance of it.

      • Karen Hinkle says:

        good information to know thanks

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Jennifer,
        Go get your Omega DHA supplements asap! It’s great for eyes, heart, cardiovascular, memory – thousands of benefits.

        TIP: Look for these 2 very significant things when choosing Omega-3 Supplements:

        1. DHA (Omega-3) vs APA (Omega-6): the Proportion should be appx 3:1 –> that means that for every 1 part of APA there should be 3 parts of DHA. Be ware that we get a lot of APA or Omega-6 via different foods. Your goal is to maximize Omega-3 DHA intake!.
        2. Sources: Wild not-farmed salmon or Krill Oil are the best

        • Mandi Gilliam says:

          I just took a screen shot of this, so that I can find the right vitamins later when I go to the store!!! Thank you!!

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      Seeing as how I already have vision problems, I should probably go ahead and dart taking vitamins to help vision. Because I do not want to have this problem when I get older. Thanks for the info!!!!! Scary!!!

    • I worry about my husband. . He will wear the same pair of contacts for a month. I hope he doesn’t develop this condition. He has really bad eye sight to begin with

  8. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE #6
    Here are some Trues and False when it comes to eye damage and preservation of your eyesight.

    Looking Straight at the Sun Will Damage Your Sight

    Fact: Looking at the sun may not only cause headache and distort your vision temporarily, but it can also cause permanent eye damage. Any exposure to sunlight adds to the cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation on your eyes. UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis, and corneal dystrophies.

    There’s Nothing You Can Do to Prevent Vision Loss

    Fiction: At the very first sign of symptoms, such as blurred vision, eye pain, flashes of light, or sudden onset of floaters in your vision, you should see your doctor. If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or at least slow down the loss of vision.

    Sitting Too Close to the TV Will Damage Your Vision

    Fiction: Sitting closer than necessary to the television may give you a headache, but it will not damage your vision. Children may do this to see the TV more clearly. They may, in fact, need glasses.

    Reading in the Dark Will Weaken Your Eyesight

    Fiction: As with sitting too close to the television, you may feel eyestrain or get a headache from reading in the dark, but it will not weaken your eyes.

    Eating Carrots Will Improve Your Vision

    Fact: Carrots are high in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision. Eating carrots will provide you with the small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision, but vitamin A isn’t limited to rabbit food; it can also be found in milk, cheese, egg yolk, and liver.

    amcoffee

    • Nice, truths are always good to know! #AMCoffee

    • lauramroque says:

      I thought several og these were true. I guess because sitting close to a bright tv Send reading I’m the dark just seven like they would be vision strains.

    • Lisa Nicholson says:

      When we were kids our parents always told us to get away from the TV. I actually thought that reading in the dark was bad for your eyes.

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Lisa,
        Reading in the insufficient of light places is bad for your eyes as it causes strain and even headaches.

        It won’t damage your eyes. But what a pain…!

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      Always nice to know fact from fiction.. Thanks 🙂

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      Wow I knew most of this I love fact fiction 🙂

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I had always grew up thinking that sitting in front of the tv would cause eye damage and same goes for reading in the dark. Good info ty. 🙂

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      well it good to know the carrot one is true I always eat them just for my eyes been told that for years and all the reat good to know but we still can tell some of them just to make the kiddos listen LOL

    • Im guilty as charged, I sit to close to computer screen.

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Aw Man! So I can’t use the “don’t sit so close to the TV or your eyes will get worse” on dd anymore?!?! LOL My hubby gets mad at me because I will read with very little light! 🙂 Now I can tell him not to worry since it isn’t hurting my eyes! 😉

      • Rebecca Swenor says:

        Ok had to laugh at that. 🙂

        • Amanda Alvarado says:

          She will literally sit right in front of the TV! That was actually one of the signs that got us to take her to have her eyes checked about 2 months ago. She’s been doing it for about 2-3 years though and the exam they gave her at school last year came back with her having 20/20 vision. She commented one day that her teacher put her in the front of the class because she told her she couldn’t see the board from where she was sitting. Set up an appointment after that and sure enough she needed glasses. She doesn’t like wearing them at home though!

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Ewwww Liver :/ Lol I’ll stick with Carrots,egg,milk ,cheese and some dark leafy greens 😉 I did not know that reading in the dark and sitting too close to the tv was a myth

    • melissa renee augustus says:

      i already knew that i never look straight at the sun

    • Carol Yemola says:

      Good to know that the carrot one is a fact! I love carrots and will start eating more of them now!

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      These are great to know for all, I found that in my daughter at age 4 she was sitting really close to TV took to eye doctor and they immediately gave her glasses. Many parents just say move away will ruin eyesight rather than seeing the real problem.

    • michelle passwaters says:

      I remember being told the t.v will ruin my eyes when I was younger so I actually googled it when my fiancé started saying it to our children lol

    • wendy c g says:

      I was always told sitting to close TV would ruin my eyes. As an adult I learned it was not true. My kids eat a lot of carrots, they love them.

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      Well, that was extremely interesting. I was pretty sure about the rest of them except I wasn’t sure about #1 Looking Straight at the Sun Will Damage Your Sight. I figured it might but I wasn’t sure about why. I’ve learned over the years the importance of SPF and sunglasses that block UV rays. I had also heard that carrots were good for your eyes but I wasn’t 100% sure why. Great info today!

    • Good to know..

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      Omg!! I am now freaked out and need to get to the doctor ASAP!!!!! I didn’t have all these problems last eye visit with the floaters and flashes of light. 🙁

  9. CoffeeTime says:

    AM COFFEE #7
    Tips to Maintain Good Vision

    1. Eat Well to Support Good Eyesight
    Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins C & E, zinc, lutein may help ward off age-related vision problems. Include these foods regularly in your diet:

    – Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
    – Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
    – Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
    – Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices

    Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

    Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

    2. Quit Smoking
    Smoking contributes to a large degree to the following eye conditions: optic nerve damage, cataracts, Macula Degeneration.

    3. Wear Sun Glasses
    They protect your eyes from damaging Ultraviolet (UV) rays.

    4. Use Safety Eyewear when working on your project at home or at work or even when playing sports like hockey, racquetball, lacrosse.

    5. Look Away from Computer
    To reduce eye stress and protect eyesight, here’s what we could do when we are exposed to computer screen a lot.

    – Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
    – Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
    – Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
    – If your eyes are dry, blink more.
    – Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every two hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

    amcoffee

    • I need to take more break from my daily computer use! Thanks for the great information! Always fun facts here #AMCoffee

    • lauramroque says:

      Should really take breaks not really from just computer but all digital screens like phone, like, ipad.

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Any exposure to the screen time should be limited regimented. Obviously, some people make their living by using computers, but it should be part of the job requirement to do eye exercises and take breaks every 2 hours. Some companies start doing it, but many – NO.

        It’s a person’s responsibility to take care of her/his health by knowing simple prevention steps like eye exercises and taking breaks!

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      I never made a connection between smoking and vision problems.. Good facts to know when giving my children the talk about why they shouldn’t smoke.

    • Brianna Ketchum says:

      I eat all foods but I really dislike anything fish plus I need to take breaks from the computer which I will start moe thanks for the information

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Brianna,
        There are a lot of Omega-3 supplements out there that every one of us should take in addition to the fish we eat, and especially when we don’t eat it at all!

        Lots of plant-based Omega-3 supplements as well.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I have known so of this about being in front of the computer but not all. Thanks for all the info it will come in handy. 🙂

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      that is some great advice I know I have to get away from my computer all the time it drives me nutty so that’s great

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Great tips especially for when in front of the computer! I can’t type without looking at the keyboard so I am frequently looking away! LOL I have to wear sunglasses when it’s sunny out – my eyes just can’t handle the brightness….anyone else??

      • Carol Yemola says:

        Same with me. I find myself squinting all the time without them. Very annoying to say the least.

        • Amanda Alvarado says:

          Even harder to drive without them! LOL The few times I’ve forgotten them at home (usually I leave them in the car at all times), I’ve grabbed dh’s! I’m sure I looked funny since they were way too big but at least I could see!

    • Carol Yemola says:

      Great tips. Seems like a balanced diet is good on so many levels. And eyesight is one that is often overlooked … no pun intended. LOL

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Great advice am a daily computer user now (last 3 yrs. anyway) do find myself needing to get up away from it often due to headaches I know some caused from other conditions but am sure strain on eyes from computer also contributes to the headaches I get also. Thank you.

    • michelle passwaters says:

      Sounds like we have the eating right down! Now we just have to work on quitting smoking which we have tried a few times with no success…

    • wendy c g says:

      Me and my husband wear prescription sunglasses, our kids wear sunglasses also with hats. Also eat spinach, good to know it also helps with our eyes.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I’m bad with with the computer and wearing sunglasses (I hate that everything is always darker-wish they’d come out with ones that protect your eyes but keep things light 😉 )

    • Jennifer Hiles says:

      Oh wow, this is so helpful. I sit in front of a computer from 8am to 5pm 5 days a week at a minimum! My eye doctor had told me that people using computers will blink less and that it could cause headaches. I’m really interested in adjusting my screens so that they are level with the top of my head. A good diet as suggested above is important for so many different things.

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      Again, with having bad eyes at 25 years of age this is all very important information and knowledge. I need to start doing more of these things and soon. But I also have the responsibility of my children, who have bad eyesight. To do these things throughout their life to help better their odds of their eyes not getting any worse. Thank you for the tips 🙂

    • I need to take more breaks from the computer and phone…not a fan of eatting fish…but I take fish oil pills

  10. When using the computer, I try to turn off lights around me. So I only have a lamp and the computer screen.

  11. Jessica Fisk says:

    Good Morning every1.

  12. Jessica Fisk says:

    The thought of ever going blind is scary to me.

  13. Jessica Parent says:

    I need to look away (way past the 20 minute mark on the pc) ………I just “cant” !! Lol

  14. Mandi Gilliam says:

    This was a great day to be here with everyone at AM COFFEE!!! <3 thanks to everyone for sharing their personal stories!!!!! And thank you AM COFFEE for doing what you can to provide us the knowledge that we need for healthier lives!! <3

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