Most people don’t think about eye health until something goes wrong. However, free radical damage from the sun and air pollution (to mention just a few threats) can cause subtle and growing damage to our eyes. In fact, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the US, affecting more than 10 million people. That is more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.
What is Macular Degeneration
It is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina in the back layer of our eyes. This area snaps the pictures of what we see, records them and sends the images to the brain via the optic nerve in our eye (interpreting the images as what we “see”). Those who develop deterioration of the Macula will begin to have a central hole in the picture they are seeing. This hole can continue to grow like a photograph burning from the center to the edges. Advanced Macular Degeneration is considered legal blindness.
Prevention is the key
To date, there is no outright cure for macular degeneration. This makes prevention an even more important topic! There have been studies suggesting that a diet including salmon and other cold water fish can be of help. The key here is the fish which contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may help in the prevention of Macular Degeneration or its progression (see article in Allaboutvision.com). Biomega™, USANA’s double-distilled, pure fish oil capsules would be a fantastic addition to anybody’s diet to obtain the important levels of omega-3 fatty acids for cellular health – including eye health.
Visionex®– Sunglasses to protect the Macula!
The USANA scientists have designed the Visionex® product with eye health prevention as the the center focus. Two very important antioxidants have been shown to be effective in helping protect the macula in the eye – lutein and zeaxanthin.
Both these antioxidants are naturally occurring protectorates found in plants! Plants need sunlight for the process of photosynthesis but can also protect themselves from the damage of excessive solar radiation by these two antioxidants found in their structural make up.
Lutein is believed to act as a filter of the high-energy blue light from the solar radiation as well as act as an antioxidant, stopping the free radical damage that would occur from excessive exposure.
Zeaxanthin is an even more powerful antioxidant against free radical damage that the plants have in their arsenal!
Ultimate Eye Health: Sunglasses – Outer and Inner
One of the most important choices we can make to protect our eyes from the free radical damage of the sun is wearing polarized sunglasses on the outside. Adding the USANA Visionex® product (and Biomega™) to your nutritional regimen can serve as an extra, inner layer of sunglass protection of the vitally important macula in our eyes.
In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, the USANA Visionex® product contains bilberry extract, vitamin C and zinc to maintain healthy capillaries and provide additional antioxidant protection. This impressive combination of antioxidant support is like inner putting on the inner sunglasses daily just as you do on the outside when you face the potential damage of the sun!
In conclusion, don’t wait until your eye health is starting to deteriorate. Prevention, prevention, prevention! Now is the time to take care of a few of our most precious gifts given to us by God – our eyes!