Dr Oz did a segment on the importance of Eye Exams, as part of the Dr Oz Watch & Win Hour. Doctor Oz spoke about what happens during an Eye Exam and what your eyes can tell you about your overall health. Plus, in this segment he did a Free Eye Exam Giveaway courtesy of Pearle Vision, which I will write details about at the end for how you too can get a free Eye Exam! And I am proud to announce that we (Dr Oz Fans) have partnered with quite a few fabulous companies and have launched our new sister site, Opinion Queen, that will focus on doing tons of great product reviews, as well as free giveaways of the products reviewed. You can sign-up for our latest free giveaway of an Emile HenryPizza Stone or our free give-away of 100% organic lollipops here: Organic Lollipop Giveaway. There are many more free giveaways that will be posted soon!
What Eyes Tell You About Your Overall Health:
The first part of an eye exam is reading an eye chart, which tells the doctor about your distance vision. This is where you read letters off of a chart. Then, the doctor examines the cornea, which is the portion of your eye right in front of the iris (which is where the color of your eye is located). The doctor checks to make sure that light reflects back off of the cornea. If you have bad vision, it can mean that your cornea got messed up. For example, if your eyes turn red or you close your eyes quickly when exposed to light, this can mean that your eyes are irritated.
Dr Oz: Cataracts
Dr Oz said that behind the cornea we have a lens, which is usually clear. But the #1 cause for blindness is that this lens turns yellow or “foggy” and you develop cataracts. Half of people will get cataracts in this country, if they live long enough. Think of it this way, when you itch your arm, little pieces of dry skin will flake off. If this happens inside of your eye, the little flakes have no where to fall off to, so they just buildup inside of your eye. Dr Oz said you can replace your eye’s lens with a very low risk procedure. Also, you can help prevent cataracts by eating 5 servings of nuts throughout the week, because selenium in nuts help to fight off cataracts.
Impact of High Blood Pressure on Retinas
Next, the doctor will dilate your iris to take a look at your retina at the back of your eye. From looking here, the doctor can tell if you have high blood pressure or not. Dr Oz showed a picture of what a retina looks like in a person with hypertension. There are white areas where the blood cannot reach to, and there are red blotchy areas where you hemorrhaged from surging blood pressure. The scary thing is that if this is happening to your retina, the exact same thing is happening to your brain.
Dr Oz: Macular Degeneration
Dr Oz said that with Macular Degeneration, you have difficulty seeing out of one part of the eye, but not another part. There is no easy solution if you get Macular Degeneration, so the best thing to do is to prevent it. Dr Oz said that you can help rebuild your retina and prevent Macular Degeneration by eating foods like egg yolks, orange colored foods like orange peppers and spinach.
Dr Oz: Pearle Vision Eye Exam Giveaway
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