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Eye Love Excellence Award for February

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Unite For Sight, Eye Love Excellence Award, Dr. Travis Zigler

Unite For Sight 

At Eye Love, we really enjoy highlighting the great work other companies are doing in this world. We can all agree that if we all gave a little more of our time, money, and resources, the world would be a better place! This month, we're featuring Unite For Sight !

What they do

As a global health delivery organization, Unite For Sight partners with local eye clinics to develop strategies and to identify barriers that delay effective eye care delivery for patients living in extreme poverty. Unite For Sight believes in the social entrepreneurial vision and commitment of local medical professionals and work with existing profitable clinics to develop a unique outreach infrastructure. They develop and invests in the talent of local eye care leaders who have the determination and skill to create social enterprises that serve their communities' poorest people.

The Unite For Sight innovative programs in Ghana, Honduras, and India have provided quality care to more than 1.9 million poorest people in the world, including more than 99,000 sight-restoring surgeries. They were responsible for 92% of the cataract surgery increase in Ghana between 2008 and 2009. By 2010, five of the forty-five ophthalmologists in Ghana were partners of Unite For Sight, and these five ophthalmologists provide more than half of all surgeries performed in Ghana.


Mission

Unite For Sight develop high-impact social interventions to lift communities out of poverty and to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide by partnering with local eye clinics and collaborations with community leaders, governmental bodies, and hospitals to bring high-quality eye care to those living in extreme poverty.


How they started

They started as a small organization with 35 students. Jennifer Staple-Clark founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room when she was a sophomore at Yale University in 2000. Jennifer has developed Unite For Sight into a renowned global nonprofit organization that has provided eye care to 2.5 million of the world's poorest people in North America, Africa, and Asia.


How to donate

Unite for Sight urges you to take advantage of the convenience and security of giving online through their donation page. However you may call them if you would like to donate by credit card or you may alternatively submit a check by postal mail.

We love their mission to develop strategies and to identify barriers that delay effective eye care delivery for patients living in extreme poverty. We feel this falls  exactly in line with Eye Love’s mission to End Preventable Blindness for those in need. Together we can make a difference! Congratulations to them for receiving our Eye Love Excellence Award for February! Keep up the GREAT work!

 

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love 

Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler

The 5 Scary Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy

The 5 Scary Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy 0

The 5 Scary Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy

The 5 Scary Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy

What Are the Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Retinopathy is a condition in which the eye’s blood vessels leak fluid or blood, causing the retina to swell and become compromised. The condition can eventually lead to compromised vision or, potentially, permanent blindness. This condition is more likely in patients with long-term diabetes, as the poor blood circulation associated with that condition can exacerbate and accelerate damage to the retina over time.

As over 10 million Americans currently suffer from diabetes, there has been ample opportunity for the stages of diabetic retinopathy to be observed and documented by physicians and researchers. The first stage of diabetic retinopathy occurs when patients exhibit mild background retinopathy, in which minuscule bulges appear in the walls of blood vessels in the retina. Very small amounts of  blood may leak through these microaneurysms, one of the early hallmarks of the condition. In general, vision is not yet affected at this stage, which means this is the ideal opportunity to catch the problem through regular diabetic eye exams before vision problems present themselves.

The second stage comes when the condition progresses to moderate and severe nonproliferative retinopathy, in which the volume of blood leaking into the retina through microaneurysms will increase. The first noticeable effects on vision typically show up at this stage; it’s also likely that you’ll begin much more frequent vision screenings at the recommendation of your doctor in order to keep tabs on the condition’s progression and maximize your chances at retaining healthy vision.

Proliferative retinopathy follows next, taking its name from the runaway blood vessels and scar tissue that emerge (proliferate) during this period. This stage can result in retinal detachment, where the forces exerted by these intrusions into the eye can actually pull the retina off the back of the eye. Any vision lost at this point, up to and including total blindness, will become permanent.

Patients at any stage can also experience leaking or obstruction in the center of the retina, known as the macula. This is known as diabetic macular edema.  Identifying the progression of stages in diabetic retinopathy is crucial to forming an effective treatment plan. In general, treatment is only available once the condition has progressed to proliferative retinopathy or diabetic maculopathy.

Regardless of what stage of diabetic retinopathy you or your loved one are at, the most important thing you can do is control your diabetes as much as possible. Pay attention to blood sugar, exercise, diet, and overall health. You’ve got a lot of vision to lose if you don’t!


One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Jenna Zigler

Keeping Eyes Healthy for a Lifetime of Optimal Vision

Keeping Eyes Healthy for a Lifetime of Optimal Vision 2

Keeping Eyes Healthy

As we age, changes occur in ocular health and vision due to environmental factors such as UV light, hereditary issues, and lifestyle factors such as smoking. Each of these can put a person more at risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and poor vision as they get older.

One of the biggest aging complaints we hear in our office is that eyestrain or headaches have become a problem. Especially for those between the ages of 40 and 45, there comes a time when the “arms aren’t long enough” to see up close anymore, and this struggle to see can cause eyestrain while reading and working on the computer. First of all, make sure to optimize your work environment; Remember the 20-20-20 Rule (taking breaks every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds), keeping your computer at the proper height just below eye level, and consider a pair of computer glasses that block blue light.

Keeping Eyes Healthy for a Lifetime of Optimal Vision

Computer progressive lenses (or no-line bifocals) are great for allowing office workers to see their computer while also reading paperwork on their desk. There are also homeopathic eye fatigue pellets which contain ingredients to relieve eyestrain and fatigue that comes from extensive focus on digital devices. Like I've said before, make sure to grab a pair of blue-blocking glasses as well, as this can greatly reduce eye fatigue.

Another major complaint noticed with age is floaters. Our eyes contain an egg white-like substance that keeps our eye in it’s shape (our vitreous) and this begins to break down over time. As it does, the vitreous forms strands that we end up seeing as floaters in our vision. For the most part, they are normal. However, they can be bothersome. Make sure to tell your doctor if you ever notice any large, dark, or red floaters, as they can be a sign of retinal issues! For those with normal floaters, there are homeopathic remedies to try which stimulate the body’s natural ability to alleviate floaters.

With age, the very sensitive central vision (found in your macula) can begin to deteriorate. It is so important to maintain a great antioxidant and healthy pigment level in the macula, because this ensures that we have crisp central vision, recover from glare easily, and do not suffer from blind spots. Ensure that you get an adequate level of antioxidants and carotenoids by eating a healthy diet of green leafy vegetables, brightly colored fruits, and omega-3 fatty acids. If diet alone is not enough, you can always try Eye Love’s Ocular Health Formula and Eye Love’s Dry Eye Omega-3, which both ensure that you get the recommended daily dose of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

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Have you noticed your eyes aging? What have you done to combat the effects? If you haven't already, head on over to Facebook and join our Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community and Macular Degeneration Support Community to keep up to date on the latest and greatest in eye care.

One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Jenna Zigler

 

Other Dry Eye articles by Dr. Zigler: 4 Tips to Stop Waking Up With Dry, Painful EyesWhich Antidepressants Cause Dry EyeFish Oil for Fighting Dry Eye Inflammation; and What Not To Eat If You Have Dry Eye

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