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Review in: Natural Medicine Journal

The guide is for anyone interested in ways to support healthy vision, whether one wants to maintain good vision or reduce the risk on onset of eye disease. If one already has an eye disease and is under a doctors care complementary advice is provided for nutritional, supplement and lifestyle approaches to help the body heal and maintain healthy vision. This book will be available as an e-book as well.

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This 799 page book, Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision and Healing, is a comprehensive guide to 48 vision conditions, supported by more than 2000 research studies and 48 color illustrations. It includes conventional and complementary approaches to conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eyes, floaters, retinitis pigmentosa, and many other eye conditions. It discusses additional approaches such as traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure, yoga, eye exercises, diet, nutrients, and explains the basics of vision health, antioxidants and inflammation in layman's terms. This is a guide for the everyday user who wants to support vision health, and health care professionals looking for a holistic approach for vision care and its relation to overall health.

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Part One. Understanding the Eye

Chapter 1. Anatomy and Physiology1
Chapter 2. How the Eye Works5
Chapter 3. Conventional Approach to Vision9
Chapter 4. A Complementary Approach11

Part Two. The Fundamentals of Healthy Vision

Chapter 5. The Role of Antioxidants15
Chapter 6. Inflammation and Oxidative Stress21
Chapter 7. Diet and Vision
Chapter 8. Nutrients
Chapter 9. Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chapter 10. Self Help and More
Chapter 11. Natural Eye Care for Pets225
Chapter 12. Drugs233

Part Three. Vision Conditions

Chapter 13. Refractive Eye Conditions
13-1. Astigmatism255
13-2. Farsightedness (Hyperopia and Presbyopia)261
13-3. Nearsightedness (Myopia)267
Chapter 14. Binocular Vision Disorders
14-1 Binocular Overview277
14-2 Amblyopia279
14-3 Convergence Insufficiency285
14-4 Strabismus289
Chapter 15. Internal Eye Conditions
15-1. Cataracts293
15-2. Color Blindness309
15-3. Central Serous Retinopathy317
15-4. Computer Eye Syndrome327
15-5. Cone-Rod Dystrophy341
15-6. Diabetic Retinopathy351
15-7. Dry Eyes367
15-8. Epiretinal Membrane (Macular Pucker)377
15-9. Floaters385
15-10. Fuchs’ Disease391
15-11. Glaucoma399
15-12. Iritis427
15-13. Keratoconus437
15-14. Lattice Degeneration443
15-15. Leber’s Disease (Optic Neuropathy)451
15-16. Light Sensitivity (Photophobia)465
15-17. Lyme Disease and Vision473
15-18. Macular Degeneration479
15-19. Macular Edema501
15-20. Macular Hole513
15-21. Night Vision519
15-22. Ocular Migraine531
15-23. Optic Nerve Atrophy541
15-24. Optic Neuritis553
15-25. Retinal Detachment563
15-26. Retinal Vein Occlusion569
15-27. Retinitis Pigmentosa579
15-28. Sjogren’s Syndrome591
15-29. Stargardt Disease603
15-30. Usher Syndrome615
15-31. Uveitis625
15-32. Vitreous Detachment635
Chapter 16. External Eye Conditions
16-1. Bags Under the Eyes643
16-2. Blepharitis651
16-3. Conjunctivitis659
16-4. Ocular Herpes665
16-5. Ocular Rosacea675
16-6. Ptosis683
16-7. Pterygium and Pinguecula689
16-8. Styes and Chalazia695
16-9. Subconjunctival Hemorrhage705


A-1. Juicing Recipes by Eye Condition711
A-2. About Supplement Absorption715
A-3. Effect of Mobile Devices on Vision719
A-4. Protection from Sun Damage723
A-5. Recommended Products727
A-6. Amsler Test731
A-7. Additional Therapies733
A-8. Magic Eye739
A-9. Essential Oils741
A-10. Vision and Alzheimer's749
A-11. Alkalizing Food Charts751
A-12. Soaking and Sprouting753
A-13. Vision Related Organizations755
A-14. Dental Care and Vision757
A-15. Pesticides in Produce: The Dirty Dozen759
A-16. Emergency Eye Care761
A-17. Alcohol and Your Eyes763
A-18. Contributors to the Guide765



Glaucoma Pathology

Technically, glaucoma is diagnosed based on a number of factors, including changes in the optic nerve, increased intraocular pressure (IOP), and/or changes in peripheral vision. In the healthy eye, aqueous humor is produced and drained from the eye into the bloodstream at a constant rate so that you always have a fresh supply in the right amount. Aqueous humor drains through the trabecular meshwork. Sometimes, too much aqueous humor is produced, and the eye can't get rid of it fast enough to maintain what is called "normal intraocular pressure."

Sometimes the drainage mechanism is faulty, the fluid can't escape fast enough to keep pressure at normal levels. Blockage in the trabecular meshwork or in the canal itself may occur. Either way, the abnormal high-pressure that results is called intraocular hypertension. The increased pressure can damage the optic nerve, first affecting side or peripheral vision, leaving central or straight-ahead vision perfectly normal. If left untreated, the high-pressure can eventually affect central vision, leading to blindness.

What is considered to be normal intraocular pressure (IOP) for a patient may vary. People may have signs of damage yet have normal or even low IOP.

Corneal thickness and corneal hysteresis also play a role in determining the proper IOP for a patient. For example, a patient with a thicker cornea is more resistant to glaucoma, and higher than normal eye pressure may be normal for them, but a thinner cornea in the mid-to-upper normal IOP range may be considered dangerous and too high for that patient.


Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision and Healing, 2nd Ed.
By Marc Grossman, O.D. L.Ac. and Michael Edson, L.Ac.
P. 799 Cm. 8.5" x 11"
48 color illustrations
Includes appendix and index
ISBN: 978-0-692-07431-2

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