Macular Degeneration Screenings

  Your macular pigment is one way to measure the quality of your diet and your risk for a macular degeneration, which can lead to devastating vision loss!   Heterochromatic flicker photometry is a noninvasive diagnostic test to measure MPOD. The macular pigment is made up of zeaxanthin and lutein, which protect the retina and shieldContinue reading “Macular Degeneration Screenings”

An unusual spot

The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is the pigmented cell layer just outside the neurosensory retina that nourishes retinal visual cells, and is attached to the choroid beneath and the retina above.   The 7 functions of the RPE are:    1.   light absorption essential   2.   epithelial transport   3.   spatial buffering of ions.   4.  visual cycle.  Continue reading “An unusual spot”

Yellow spots in the eye

Drusen are tiny yellow deposits in a layer of the retina called Bruchs membrane. They are the most common early sign of dry macular degeneration. Drusen are made up of lipids, a type of fatty protein, which may be the result of a failure of the eye to dispose of waste products properly. There are severalContinue reading “Yellow spots in the eye”

How to Prevent Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older.  Here are some steps you can take to prevent vision loss from macular degeneration. Here are steps you can take to prevent or slow the progression of AMD: Eat plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables, such as raw spinach.Continue reading “How to Prevent Macular Degeneration”

Preserving Vision with Age

As the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of the eye gets older, a number of changes happen in your eye: 1. Loss of melanin 2. More lipofuscin in the RPE layer. Lipofuscin are chemical by-products. 3. More drusen, which are yellow, lipid deposits, between the RPE and the choroid (the layer of blood vessels that supplyContinue reading “Preserving Vision with Age”

Six Ways to Protect Your Eyes

Six Unexpected Ways to Protect Your Eyes – Spry Living. We’re all familiar with these common-sense health teachings: Exercise and diet to lose weight. Wear sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Stop smoking to prevent heart disease. But what about eye health? Leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward protecting yourContinue reading “Six Ways to Protect Your Eyes”

What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean

By Dr. Yvonne Alomia Recently, I saw a 16 year old girl for a routine eye examination.  Last exam had been 2-3 years ago.   Her medical history was negative for everything.  Picture of her right eye’s retina is above.   Blood work by primary care physician shows she has HIGH LIVER ENZYMES but they don’tContinue reading “What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean”