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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Why blue light blockers may be the easy fix for better sleep

Have you been spending more time on your laptop or smartphone or binge-watching your favorite shows since the COVID-19 lockdowns began? If so, you could be setting yourself up for a danger no one expected from a pandemic. Here’s how those screens are putting your health at risk, along with a simple solution for better sleep and sight.

Jenny Smiechowski

That laser pointer the cat loves to play with can permanently damage your eyes

I’ve never met a cat who doesn’t love playing with laser pointers. And the good news is, these popular pet toys give your cat plenty of exercise. But there’s also something you should be concerned about if you have one of these lying around the house… they could permanently blast away cells in your eyes in just a few seconds…

Jenny Smiechowski

Why a low-carb, high-fat diet could keep you safe from glaucoma

There are a lot of eye problems you can fall victim to as you get older. But perhaps the most concerning is glaucoma. It’s one of the few that can cause permanent and complete blindness. On the bright side, it’s possible to reduce your odds of ever developing the disease in the first place. One of the most effective ways is a popular diet…

Joyce Hollman

7 lifestyle factors that protect your heart and your vision

New research shows that an overall heart-healthy lifestyle that includes seven specific behaviors can not only save your heart, but it can also prevent the eye diseases that can steal your vision. Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can protect both your heart and your eyes.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How night-time blue light increases your colon cancer risk by 60 percent

Blue light from artificial sources like phones, tablets and LEDs has been linked to numerous health problems ranging from sleep disorders to obesity. Now, we find the risk for one type of cancer is through the roof, especially if you’re exposed during the nighttime hours. But a supplement may help…

Joyce Hollman

Signs of serious eye conditions and the nutrients to guard them

As we age, our eyes become more vulnerable to disease. Age-related macular degeneration is just one example of diseases that become more likely in our 50s, 60s and beyond. Know the signs and learn how to protect your eyes before it’s too late.

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Jenny Smiechowski

The eye symptom that signals a serious case of COVID-19

Fever, a dry cough, chills and fatigue… These are the symptoms you’ll experience if you have a mild to moderate case of the coronavirus. But you may still be wondering how you can tell a moderate case is turning serious. If your eyes are red like this, it could be a sign…

Jenny Smiechowski

The invisible factor fueling glaucoma

As we age, our eyes are vulnerable to disease — macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. If you have a genetic tendency toward age-related eye diseases, then you’re really at risk. But beyond obvious risk factors for eye diseases, there’s an invisible factor endangering your vision…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Eye-invading parasites may be on the rise in the U.S.

There’s a wriggly uprising your probably haven’t heard about that at the very least will give you the heebie jeebies and at the worst could make you very ill. That’s because just two years after the first case of eye-invading parasites from cattle were found in humans, they’re back!

Jenny Smiechowski

This cholesterol-lowering vitamin could cause eye damage

If you have high cholesterol, you may be on the hunt for natural alternatives to statins. Why? Because statins have serious side effects, like muscle damage, liver damage, memory loss and an increased risk of diabetes, to name a few. This one works so well your doctor may recommend it. Just be careful…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

What your pupils can reveal about your genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

Since testing for Alzheimer’s is practically non-existent, part of the fear is how it sneaks up on you. Because it damages the brain years before the first symptoms, it’s been almost impossible to identify a critical window when early treatment could actually make a difference. Until now…

Jenny Smiechowski

How junk food can lead to blindness

We all know that one person who eats Taco Bell every day for lunch and TombStone frozen pizza every night, but still wears a size two skinny jean. Or that person whose idea of a diet is ordering a Filet-O-Fish instead of a Big Mac, so they get fewer calories. But eating like this could steal something from you…

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