DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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by 2020 as the U.S. population ages. The drain structure in the eye, called the trabecular meshwork, looks normal, but fluid doesn’t flow out like it should. OAG is three times more likely to affect African Americans compared to non-Hispanic whites in the United States. Blindness from glaucoma is at least six times more prevalent among African Americans than non-Hispanic whites.


• Angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) is also called acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow- angle glaucoma. It is less common in the West. The eye doesn’t drain correctly because the angle between the iris and cornea is too narrow; the iris is in the way. This can cause a sudden buildup of pressure in the eye. ACG is also linked to farsightedness and cataracts, a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Symptoms of acute ACG include blurry vision, seeing halos around lights, intense eye pain, nausea and vomiting.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends having a glaucoma screening every four years beginning at age 40 years if you don’t have any glaucoma risk factors and every two years if you’re at high risk or over age 65 years. If you have health problems, such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or are at risk for other eye diseases, you may need to have exams more often.   

Glaucoma is a group of related eye disorders that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can result in vision loss and blindness. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye, a condition called ocular hypertension. However, it can also occur when intraocular pressure is normal.


Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. It is one of the main causes of blindness in the United States. It first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to complete loss of sight, so it is important glaucoma be diagnosed and treated early.


During its early stages, glaucoma normally has no symptoms, which makes it dangerous. By the time you notice a problem with your sight, the disease has progressed to the point that irreversible vision loss has already occurred and additional loss may be difficult to stop.


There are two major categories of glaucoma:


• Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) is the most common type. It is also called wide-angle glaucoma. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, primary OAG affects nearly 2.2 million people in the United States. That number is expected to increase to 3.3 million

GLAUCOMA DAMAGES OPTIC NERVE

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Treatment can involve glaucoma surgery, lasers or medication, depending on the severity of your case. Eye drops with medication aimed at lowering intraocular pressure are usually tried first. Because glaucoma is often painless, people may become careless about the strict use of eye drops that can control eye pressure and help prevent permanent eye damage. Don’t discontinue using your eye drops without consulting your eye doctor about a possible alternative therapy.


To control high eye pressure and promote eye health, try these tips:



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