Sunday, 18 December 2011

Don't Be Left In The Dark When It Comes To Cataracts


Don't Be Left In The Dark When It Comes to Cataracts

Don't Be Left In The Dark When It Comes to Cataracts

Dr Sheldon Herzig Saturday, October 15, 2011
Its a simple fact that if you live long enough, you’ll probably get cataracts. By age 60, many people have some degree of lens clouding, and by age 80, more than half of all North Americans will have had a cataract. But that doesn’t mean patients have to be left in the dark. Removing a cataract is safe and painless, and with today’s technological advances, patients often have better vision after surgery than they had before the cataract developed.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris, focusing light rays coming through the pupil. The lens itself is made mostly of water and protein and works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eye. But as people age, the clarity of the lens decreases to the point where it actually gets cloudy and affects vision.
Early symptoms can include mildly blurred vision, difficulty seeing at night, frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions, or seeing halos around lights. Early-stage cataracts can sometimes be treated with new glasses, but as a cataract gets denser, it blocks the light to the retina, impeding vision. When vision is reduced enough that it interferes with daily activities (such as reading or driving), surgery is required to correct the problem.
A cataract is removed using ultrasonic energy in a procedure called phacoemulsification. The surgery is done through a microscopic, self-sealing wound at the edge of the cornea. After the cloudy lens is removed, a new soft plastic or silicone intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the eye to replace it. The operation takes 10 to 15 minutes and is painless. The most common form of IOL is monofocal, which corrects vision in the distance with some designed specifically to correct astigmatism. But for patients interested in more than distance vision, there are two types of advanced IOLs that allow for better vision both near and far: the multifocal IOL and the accommodative IOL.
The multifocal IOL divides the light rays that enter the eye so that some of the rays focus in the distance and some focus up close for reading. Accommodative IOLs are designed to simulate the function of the youthful human lens and automatically adjust when a person changes from focusing in the distance to focusing up close and vice versa.
Accommodative IOLs have had variable success in providing consistent reading vision and are still in the process of being improved. As everyone’s eyes are different, the surgeon has to carefully decide which IOL is most appropriate for each patient. When these IOLs are used judiciously, 85 to 90 per cent of patients are completely free of glasses.
Recovery from cataract surgery is quick. Everyday activities and moderate exercise can be resumed within a few days. Vision can be blurry the first day but improves rapidly each day. Most people have legal driving vision in the first postoperative week and achieve complete clarity in two to three weeks.
So rest easy. The safety of modern cataract surgery and its quick recovery time, not to mention the potential for improved vision, mean that you don’t need to fear cataracts.

Dr. Sheldon Herzig, MD, FRCSC Co-Founder, Medical Director, Herzig Eye Institute: Dr. Sheldon Herzig is one of the world’s most respected and experienced laser eye surgeons, having pioneered the development and application of leading-edge technologies in advanced cataract and refractive surgery. The medical director and co-founder of the Herzig Eye Institute, Dr. Herzig uses the most advanced state-of-the-art technology to provide each patient with a High Definition Vision® solution to meet his or her unique needs.

Seniors With Diabetes - It's All About Good Management

Seniors With Diabetes-It's All About Good Management
(NAPSI)- According to the American Diabetes Association, the rate of diabetes increases with age. In fact, half of all diabetes cases occur in people over age 55. Approximately 18.3 percent (8.6 million) of the United States population age 60 and above has diabetes.
Registered Dietitian Rachel Agnew has a special interest in working with seniors with diabetes. She has worked with many patients and the disease has touched her personally-her grandmother struggled with Type 2 diabetes.
Agnew stresses that Type 2 diabetes is quite manageable and has some tips for seniors who suffer from it or know someone who does.
There are two main "types" of diabetes. Type 1 diabetics cannot produce insulin and must take insulin daily. Type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, is most common in people over 40. In this type of diabetes you are either insulin deficient or insulin resistant. Type 2 diabetes can occur in children and adults and is frequently linked to obesity. To manage diabetes:
Maintain A Healthy Diet And Get Regular Exercise
1. Make healthier food choices-Eat more vegetables, choose leaner meats, try low-fat dairy products, eat fresh fruit and keep the skins on for extra nutrients and fiber, and choose whole grains versus refined and processed foods.
2. Control portions-This goes a long way in keeping blood sugars stabilized, which is key for diabetics.
3. Exercise-Exercise can help people with diabetes normalize blood sugars and facilitate weight loss which leads to better blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of heart disease.
Consider Supplementing With Vitamins and Minerals
Agnew is an expert on supplementation. She's a professional education specialist for Pharmavite LLC, makers of Nature Made brand vitamins, minerals and supplements. Here are her suggestions to lend nutritional support to people with diabetes.
Multivitamin-Those with diabetes may have lower levels of nutrients such as vitamin C and magnesium. A basic multivitamin can help ensure adequate levels of the essential vitamins and minerals to promote optimal health and well-being. The multivitamin should also contain lutein, which helps maintain eye health.
Antioxidants-Antioxidants such as vitamin E may help boost the immune system and help maintain red blood
cells and muscle tissues, such as cardiac and skeletal muscles. Selenium complements vitamin E and may also supply important nutritional support to people with diabetes.
Chromium Picolinate-This highly absorbable form of chromium helps with normal metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
Nature Made currently manufactures a Diabetes Health Pack, which contains these ingredients, plus additional vitamins and minerals that aid in diabetes health.
For information on diabetes, as well as general nutrition, visit the American Diabetes the Nature Made Wellness

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Monday, 12 December 2011

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Inspiring poem about the elder experience! Please share with your staff and volunteers!


When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in country NSW, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne . The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see, nurses? . . . . .What do you see?

What are you thinking .. . . . . when you're looking at me?

A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,

Uncertain of habit .... . . . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food .. . .. . . . . and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice . . . . .. 'I do wish you'd try!'

Who seems not to notice . . . . .the things that you do.

And forever is losing . . . . . . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not .. . . . . . . . . . . lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding . . . . . .The long day to fill?

Is that what you're thinking? . . . . . . Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . . you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am . . . . . . . As I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding, . . . . . . as I eat at your will.

I'm a small child of Ten ... . . . . . . with a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters .. . . . . . . . who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . . with wings on his feet

Dreaming that soon now . . . . .. ..... . a lover he'll meet.

A groom soon at Twenty . . . . ... . . my heart gives a leap.

Remembering, the vows .... . . . . . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . . . . ... . . . . I have young of my own.

Who need me to guide . . . . And a secure happy home.

A man of Thirty . . . . . . . . .. My young now grown fast,

Bound to each other . . . ... . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons .. . . . . have grown and are gone,

But my woman is beside me . . . ... . . . to see I don't mourn.

At Fifty, once more, . . ... . . . ..Babies play 'round my knee,

Again, we know children . . . . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . . .... My wife is now dead.

I look at the future ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing . . . . . . young of their own.

And I think of the years . . .. . ... . . And the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . . . . . . . . . and nature is cruel.

It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles .. . . . ... . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.

There is now a stone .. . . . . .. . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . . .. A young man still dwells,

And now and again . . . .. . . . my battered heart swells

I remember the joys . .. . . ... . . . . .. . I remember the pain.

And I'm loving and living . . . . .. . . . . . . . . life over again.

I think of the years . all too few . . . . . . gone too fast.

And accept the stark fact . . . . . . . . that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people . . . . . . . . open and see.

Not a cranky old man . Look closer . . . . see . . . . . .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within . ... . . . we will all, one day, be there, too!


The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched.
They must be felt by the heart.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

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