According to the American Federation for the Blind, there are increasingly more people who are experiencing eye problems. This is especially true of those over the age of 65, when they report severe eye problems increase significantly. Experts also predict that things are going to become bleaker, citing that by 2030, the number of aging American’s with vision loss will double. The good news is that there are things seniors can do in order to protect their vision and address eye problems.
“Most people think that losing their vision just naturally comes with aging,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. “This isn’t something that you need to accept and learn to deal with. Not only can you take measures to prevent problems from happening, but there are natural approaches to addressing the ones you may already have.”
The four most common age-related eye diseases that people are experiencing in the country include glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. While these conditions are leaving many seniors with vision loss, Dr. Kondrot takes a natural approach to prevention and healing with his patients. His approach has paid off and has helped numerous people to prevent and reverse eye diseases and vision loss.
Here are several tips that Dr. Kondrot recommends that seniors follow in order to help protect their vision:
- Diet. It is crucial that people clean up their diet in order to maintain good eye health throughout the years. This includes eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and making sure to eat a diet that is high in organic foods. This way, the toxins don’t make their way into the body. It also important to drink plenty of water.
- Vitamins. Opt for a vitamin that will help provide good eye health. Look for vitamins that are all natural, have been designed to help you avoid macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provide optic nerve support.
- Stress reduction. Many people do not realize the connection between stress and health, including that of the eyes. Be sure to find ways to de-stress and relax in order to help protect your vision.
- Eye exercises. No matter what age you are at, you can begin doing eye exercises in order to help relax the eyes. To help keep the eyes from becoming dry, try to blink often. This will help to keep the eye surface moist and prevent it from drying out. Try opening and closing your eyes in a slower motion, giving your eye more time to become moistened. Also, try an exercise referred to as “palming.” For this, you close your eyes and gently rest the heels of your hands on your cheekbones, covering your eyes with your palms. Imagine and visualize blackness. At the same time, feel your breathing. Breathe deeply, slowly, and evenly, through your nose. The slower you breathe, the better.
- Avoid surgery. As much as you can, try to avoid having any type of eye surgery. Eye surgery should always be an absolute last resort. Before undergoing eye surgeries, first try natural therapy approaches to addressing any eye conditions you may have.
“People read a lot of information about eye health, but if it’s the wrong information it won’t help them in the end,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “Stick with these tips and you will have a good chance at reducing your risks associated with eye diseases as you age. Natural approaches are the ones that are going to help you keep, and restore, your vision.”
Dr. Kondrot, the world’s only board-certified ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician, founded the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, located just north of Tampa, Fla. The center offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies, which focus on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, and others. His advanced programs have helped people from around the world restore their vision. The center sits on 50 acres of land and features a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the art complex, an organic ranch, jogging trails, swimming pool, hot tub, and more. He is also author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. For more information, visit www.healingtheeye.com.