Relax Eyes with Palming

By using palming you can begin to relieve the strain and stress from your mind and the eyes. Most people find it is easiest to relax the eyes when they are closed. To do palming you have to warm your hands by rubbing them together vigorously. Once they are warm, cover the closed eyes, without touching the eyelids or applying pressure on the eyes themselves. The warmth from your hands relaxes the nerves and helps in blood circulation around the eyes.

The aim of palming is to achieve a complete relaxation of the eye. If you do not see complete blackness when palming, then there is still stress somewhere on the eye. You may see colors, shapes, flashes. When there is no light passing through to the eye there should be blackness. Anything else is stress being placed on the optic nerve, giving the illusion of light. It is difficult to see complete blackness unless the eye is perfectly relaxed, so this technique could take quite a while to master.

Palming can bring a great amount of rest and relaxation. Because of this the circulation opens up in the visual system. This is the palming technique:

  • sit comfortably in a chair, make sure you have good posture
  • rest your elbows on a cushion or other type of support. You can use a table or desk – but make sure you are not leaning over or turning your head upwards
  • rub your hands together to generate warmth
  • slightly cupping your hands, place your left hand over your left eye. The base of the hand rests on your cheekbone. The hand is slightly angled, so that they point to a 2 O’clock position
  • now place the right hand over the right eye. Again the base of the hand on the right cheekbone, the fingers angled and resting on the fingers of the left hand
  • breathe in deeply, slow and relaxedly

Healthy Vision and Eye Disease Prevention

Often seniors assume that poor eyesight is a natural part of growing old. By age 65, it is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans have some form of vision impairing eye disease. By detecting and treating eye disease early through annual eye exams, seniors can preserve their sight.

In a study by John Hopkins University to try to convince Medicare and insurance companies to put stronger emphasis on preventive eye care The report looked at a 5 percent sampling (approximately 1.5 million people) of Medicare beneficiaries continuously enrolled from 1999 to 2003 and concluded that those with moderate, severe and total vision loss experienced increases in depression, injuries and the need for nursing home facilities.

More than half of the cases in the study were due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. A sizable number of cases of vision loss were due to cataracts that had not been surgically removed.

There are four major eye diseases that affect seniors the most; cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people. In fact, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

Symptoms are usually cloudy or poor vision, poor night vision, halos around lights, colors seem faded and the need for frequent changes in prescriptions.

In the early stages difficulty from cataracts may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. By the later stages cataract surgery may be need to remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, and the most common cause of blindness among African-Americans. More than three million people have glaucoma, but half do not realize it because there are often no warning symptoms.

Damage progresses very slowly and destroys vision gradually, starting with the side vision or what is called peripheral vision. One eye covers for the other, and the person remains unaware of any problem until a majority of nerve fibers have been destroyed, and a large part of vision has been destroyed and straight ahead vision is affected. This damage is irreversible.

Treatment cannot recover what has been lost. But it can arrest, or at least, slow down the damage process. That is why it is so important to detect the problem as early as possible, to be able to start treatment with as little damage to the vision as possible. Medication in the form of eye drops or pills are the most common early treatment for glaucoma. Laser or conventional surgeries are also available options when needed. (Continue this article at the website)

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The leading cause of vision loss in over 60s is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular degeneration doesn’t always cause total blindness, but it slowly affects the part of vision that is crucial for recognizing faces and doing detailed work. Blurred vision or a need for more light when you’re reading may occur first. Then, straight lines may begin to appear crooked, and dark or empty spaces may begin to block your central vision, similar to a blind spot when you’re driving.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. There are two types of diabetes; Type 1- is when the body fails to produce insulin, the hormone that allows cells to turn food into energy. Type 2- is when the body is resistant or fails to properly use the insulin, this is the most common form.

Diabetes is already the number one cause of blindness in the United States. Diabetics are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those who are not diabetic according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Proper treatment of diabetic retinopathy can cut the risk of vision loss by over half. Treatment before diabetic retinopathy causes severe loss is much more effective than later in the disease. For this reason, early diagnosis is critical in order to prevent visual loss and blindness. Control of diabetes and blood pressure is important; intensive control of blood glucose can delay onset and slow progression of retinopathy.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases of the optic nerve involving loss of cells located at in the retina, the back of the eye. If glaucoma is untreated it leads to permanent damage of the optic nerve and visual field loss, which could lead to blindness.

Glaucoma Symptoms

Open angle glaucoma (OAG) or chronic glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Open angle progresses more slowly so the patient might not notice it until the disease has progressed quite far. A lot of the time the visual field deteriorates gradually over a long time and may only be recognized when it has become advanced. Once lost this damaged visual field can never be recovered. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness world wide. Glaucoma affects one in two hundred people aged fifty and younger, and one in ten over the age of eighty.

Closed angle glaucoma (CAG) or acute glaucoma is less common, accounting for about 10% of all glaucoma cases in the United States. In closed angle glaucoma, the iris and the lens block the movement of fluid between the chambers of the eye causing pressure to build up and the iris to press on the drainage system (trabecular meshwork). It could cause sudden blurred vision with pain and redness, usually in one eye first; symptoms may also include nausea and vomiting. A related type, acute closed angle glaucoma, is often an emergency situation and needs immediate medical care to prevent permanent damage to the eye. Angle closure appears suddenly and usually with painful side effects so is usually quickly diagnosed – although damage and loss of vision can also occur very suddenly.

Congenital glaucoma is a rare form of glaucoma that is present in some infants at birth. Glaucoma that develops during the first few years of life is called infantile glaucoma. Infants with congenital or infantile glaucoma usually have cloudy eyes that are sensitive to light and have excessive tearing. Symptoms may not develop until 6 months to 1 year after birth. If the problem is not detected early and treated, the child may have severe vision loss and may go blind. People between the age of 3 years and young adulthood can develop a similar type of glaucoma called juvenile glaucoma.

Glaucoma Causes

Damage to the optic nerve is thought to be caused by increased pressure in the eye. This may result from excess fluid (aqueous humor) building up in the eye because the eye produces too much or drains too little of the fluid. However, many cases of glaucoma develop without increased IOP. In these cases, decreased blood flow to the optic nerve may cause the damage. Glaucoma may develop after an eye injury, after eye surgery, from the growth of an eye tumor, or as a complication of a medical condition such as diabetes. Certain medications (corticosteroids) may cause glaucoma when they are used to treat eye inflammation or other diseases. Glaucoma that develops as a result of another condition is called secondary glaucoma.

Glaucoma Diagnosis

Your health professional will take a medical history and do a physical exam. If glaucoma is suspected, you usually will be referred to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for further testing and treatment. The initial evaluation by a specialist may require up to 3 visits.

Glaucoma Treatment

The treatment for glaucoma concentrates on slowing the damage to the optic nerve by lowering the pressure in the eyes. Eye drops and other medications are also used to treat Glaucoma. Often laser treatment or surgery is needed.