Therapies, Medications and Surgery

2012-04-25 / Health / Comments Off on Therapies, Medications and SurgeryComments

There is no way to prevent amblyopia or the condition that causes it, but early diagnosis and treatment is often successful in reversing them. Part of restoring normal vision is correcting the predisposing cause of the amblyopia. To correct a misaligned eye, the physician will choose from a menu of options, which includes glasses, special lenses called prisms, eye drops or surgery. If an unequal refractive error is to blame, the amblyopia may be corrected with glasses or a contact lens, which makes the image on the retina appear clear. For eyes blocked by cloudy tissue, treatment will depend on which part of the eye has become cloudy. If a cataract covers the lens, surgery is typically needed. If the cornea is cloudy, treatment may involve observation over time. The physician will treat more rare conditions, such as tumors, glaucoma or lid disorders, with drops, surgery or observation, as appropriate.

Treating amblyopia — the fact that the eyes are not working together for normal vision and depth perception — is another part of restoring normal vision.

Physicians treat amblyopia by blocking the vision of the better-seeing eye in order to strengthen and improve the weaker amblyopic eye. This may be accomplished with an eye patch, which sticks like an adhesive bandage to the skin around the healthy eye. The healthy eye could also be covered using an occluder lens, which is a black contact lens that prevents light from entering the eye. Another option is using eye drops to enlarge the pupil of the better-seeing eye to blur its visual image. These treatments may occur before, during or after treatment for the condition causing the amblyopia.

Occluder contact lenses may be a better treatment than an eye patch if your child’s skin is sensitive, he or she is socially conscious about the patch, or he or she keeps removing the patch. The parent typically places the occluder contact lens in the child’s eye. After lens placement, check the child frequently to make sure the lens remains properly placed. After lens removal, check the lens for tears or breaks. Discourage the child from rubbing his or her eyes. For younger children, it may help to give them something that will keep their hands busy, such as blocks or other toys.

Do not insert a lens into your child’s eye if there are any abnormalities in the lens or if the eye is obviously red or sore. Occasionally, doctors treat amblyopia by using special drops to blur, or penalize, the vision in the better-seeing eye.

However, since this only blurs vision, as opposed to other methods that completely block the light coming into the eye, this method may be less successful.

A child who has been successfully treated for amblyopia is not out of the woods until approximately age 9. Frequent vision checks may be necessary to adjust treatment and prevent a relapse.

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Want More from your Exercise Program? Add Balance Training. Part 2

2011-10-26 / Fitness / Comments Off on Want More from your Exercise Program? Add Balance Training. Part 2Comments

Balance is also crucial in sports like snowboarding, downhill skiing, surfing, tennis, basketball and baseball

Balance is also crucial in sports like snowboarding, downhill skiing, surfing, tennis, basketball and baseball where maintaining a center of gravity determines how well you can move. “Balance means being able to stop on a dime to hit a shot on the tennis court,” Ellison says. Read the rest of this entry »

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Food Labeling: Fact or Fiction

2011-08-11 / Health / Comments Off on Food Labeling: Fact or FictionComments

The Nutrition and Labeling Act of 1990, created a uniform labeling system that includes many foods. Since May 1994, nutritional information has been required on food labels. The Food and Drug Administration’s labeling standards for “nutrition facts” are definitely an improvement over the past lack of information. Unfortunately, these standards set by and overseen by the FDA, can often be very misleading.

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Diet, Genetics and Cancer. Part 1

2011-07-14 / Detoxification / Comments Off on Diet, Genetics and Cancer. Part 1Comments

Scientists have been concerned for many years about the relative importance of environmental factors and genetics in determining cancer risk. It is a widely held belief that 80 to 90 percent of human cancer is due to environmental factors.

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