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Category: Eye Care and Vision Articles
Eye Care & Vision Health Matters!
We know that you care about your eyes. Our eye care and vision health blog articles talk all about the best methods and healthiest ways to treat your eyes. Vision matters. In fact in a recent study, 90% of those polled would rather lose an arm than their vision. So take care of the #1 most important sense you have. Your eyes matter. Read more below:
Stephen Curry snaps out of his slump with contacts!
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says contact lenses are the reason he snapped out of his post- All-Star shooting slump.
(This is a reprint of the original article published at NBA.com)
“I started wearing contacts,” Curry told Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “No, I’m serious. It’s like the whole world has opened up.” The sharpshooter says he’s always had issues with his eyes, but he was able to overcome those difficulties.
“I had gotten so used to squinting for so long,” Curry added. “It was just normal.”
But because Curry suffers from a degenerative eye disease, it’s possible his vision has worsened over the years. Here’s more from Thompson on Curry’s eye condition, which is called Keratoconus:
“Technically, it’s an eye disease in which the cornea, normally a circle, progressively thins and takes on a cone shape. This distortion has given Curry what is known as an astigmatism, which is a type of error in the way the light bends when entering the eye. It doesn’t distribute the light equally to the retina and leads to blurred or distorted vision. It’s a genetic condition Curry was probably born with, though scientists don’t know how it is acquired.”
The 31-year-old is shooting 48.7 percent from 3-point since mid-March and has hit five-plus 3-pointers in nine straight games. Somehow, it seems Curry — arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history — will be even better at shooting now that his eyesight is corrected.
The Warriors will need Curry’s vision to remain clear as they look to win their third-straight NBA championship this summer.
Beware: Grey Market Contact Lenses Are Being Sold in Canada
Yes! Beware some of the contact lens websites in Canada. There are grave concerns about how and where they get their contact lenses. Even the manufacturers, like Johonson & Johnson, Alcon, Cooper and Baush Lomb are fighting to keep things safe and above-board.
Some online contact lens websites in Canada are not authorized sellers of contact lenses. This should concern you as a buyer of contacts online! As the Canadian Association of Optometrists warns “Overseas distribution channels may have grey market (counterfeit) product. There are no controls to ensure that Internet sites source lenses directly from the manufacturer.”What does this mean to you? It means you might be buying from and supporting companies that maybe you should not. Avoid buying from companies that care more about profits and money than they do quality and your experience as an online customer.
Beware some online sellers in Canada
This means that some websites may be buying their contact lenses from places like China, Vietnam, India, The Philippines or other nations where false or counterfeit contacts can be produced and distributed here in Canada. Moreover, the quality controls in other nations are sorely lacking. In other words, some Canada-based websites deal in “grey market” lenses to make more profit. It really is THAT simple. They sell products that have brand names such as Acuvue, Biofinity, Air Optix, Dailies Aquacomfort Plus or whatever on the outside. However they may be overseas, expired lenses, from third party sources or possibly worse. No one can be sure when they come from other nations with weaker quality controls.
Contact lens manufacturers are doing their part!
These manufacturers are NOT to blame, in fact they are doing their jobs properly. The company that produces the famous Acuvue brand (Johnson & Johnson), as well as Alcon (makers of Air Optix, Dailies and more) as well as Coopervision and Bausch & Lomb work tirelessly to shut down unethical sellers. However, it is overseas, unauthorized producers and the online sites here in Canada who are putting these “grey market” products into your hands. Beware, because this could be a serious issue! Using the right products by the actual manufacturer is critically important!
Who are these sites?
You would be very surprised which sites are engaging in unethical “grey market” contact lens distribution. We know who many of them are, but we won’t tell you for fear of expensive and debilitating lawsuits from them in order to shut us up. We wish we could call them out by name. Why don’t we? Because we are a small, humble, ethical company that cannot afford the legal bills that would be required when they sue us to shut us up. This is one way larger and/or more aggressive companies keep smaller, ethical companies like ourselves silent.
Some contact lens sites are lying to you
In fact some of these sites even falsely claim to be “authorized” resellers. However many are not. How can this be? Sadly, such unethical actions are not yet illegal here in Canada or in any of the provinces. Since British Columbia de-regulated the sale of online contact lenses, the nation now can have access to legitimate, safe and affordable contact lenses from the established manufacturers. However, without a nation-wide push to expose companies who are third party, grey market sellers, these websites will continue selling to unsuspecting customers.
What can you do?
Make sure you always buy your contacts lenses from authorized contact lens sellers, such as Contactsforless.ca, Clearly.ca, Costco and a few others. If you are not sure, stick to the main sites like those mentioned above to ensure you are not supporting “grey market” sellers. If you buy from authorized sellers like us, you will starve out those operating “below the margin”.
Always remember that from day 1 – Contactsforless.ca has been as ethical, honest and transparent as possible. We have NEVER engaged in “grey market” or “counterfeit” contact lens sales. But what makes even BETTER than the rest is that we donate 51% of our net profits. No one does that but us. No one! and have ALWAYS given away 51% (or more) of all net profits to help save the planet. Not one other company can make that claim.
Stay ethical and safe. Always buy your contact lenses with Contactsforless.ca and be sure you are doing the right thing for yourself, for Canada, and the World.
To learn more about what the Canadian Association of Optometrists says about this, please click here.
The definitive, final, ultimate list of which foods are best for preserving your eyes and your vision health.
(ok, maybe not the ultimate health list, but we like giving this blog post a bit of hype – tongue in cheek)
We have crunched the numbers. We have done the “health” math. We have done our homework. Here is our official TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are the top 10 foods that, in our view, will do the MOST for helping you maintain excellent eyes, excellent vision well into your years.
It is recommended by some that one should have at least 4 of these foods in your diet regularly at a minimum. If you are consuming 8 or more of these, you get an A+!
Here are the Top 10 foods you should have in your diet for better vision:
#10 Raw Red Peppers
Bell peppers give you the most vitamin C per calorie. Did you catch that? Those things as light as balloons pack quite a punch. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eyes, and science suggests it could lower your risk of getting cataracts. It’s found in many vegetables and fruits, including bok choy, cauliflower, papayas, and strawberries. Now, if you cook this stuff you WILL decrease its health impacts… A LOT!. So go raw man! Go raw!
Lentils, Kidney Beans, and Black-Eye Peas are all giving you bioflavonoids and zinc — and can help protect the retina and lower the risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
You have a lot of freedom in this category: pistachios, almonds, walnuts, even peanuts, all are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that boost your eye health.
#7 Oranges or Grapefruit
Vitamin C can boost immunity, which is great. But there is some research to suggest that it also may improve the health the eye tissue itself. The National Eye Institute commented that Vitamin C “may help to regenerate other important antioxidants” in the eyes, such as Vitamin E.
#6 Sweet Potatoes
Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are all high in beta-carotene. This is a form of Vitamin A that helps with night vision, your eyes’ ability to adjust to darkness. One sweet potato also has more than half the vitamin C you need in a day and a little vitamin E.
So you can dig into sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots.
Eggs have zinc. Zinc helps your body use the lutein and zeaxanthin from its yolk. Why is this important? Well, it seems the yellow-orange color of these compounds also blocks harmful blue light from damaging your retina. It is all about protective pigment in the macula folks! You say WHAT!? Yeah, that is what we said!
#4 Lean meat and poultry
In moderation, lean beef in your diet can boost your eye health. Beef contains zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. Poultry and pork are also good sources, but so are Oysters. In fact Oysters have more zine per serving than ANY OTHER FOOD. But hey, if you are into Oysters. It’s an acquired taste we are told.
You see, Zinc brings vitamin A from your liver to your retina, where it’s used to make the protective pigment melanin – it’s all about that darn pigment.
Carrots are known for helping with good eye health. Again, Vitamin A is at play here along with beta carotene. The surface of the eye is positively impacted by these two buddies, which can prevent eye infections and other serious eye conditions.
#2 Kale or Spinach
Kale and Spinach are big winners in this top 10, but so are collard greens. “Don’t forget them collards” is the saying isn’t it? Well, if not – anyway – don’t forget them. These three are all rich in vitamin C and E and also have the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant-based forms of vitamin A lower your risk of long-term eye diseases, including AMD and cataracts.
We can bet that most of you don’t eat enough of these powerful foods. These are a must in our view.
And then there was one. The top of the heap, the big hauncho! Well, in our list, it is Fish. We know all about the mercury concerns and they are very, very real (and getting worse). But for now, there is one food that simply gets it done and that is fish. Omega-3s are the key here. Don’t like fish? Then look into Omega-3 supplementation. Your eyes will not only thank you, they will be healthy enough for you to perhaps continue seeing well late into your life.
Well, there you have it. The official Contactsforless.ca TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. We hope you have enjoyed learning a bit along with us! Now our crack research team will go back to shipping out your contact lens products that you keep ordering again and again! Oh – and by the way, thank you for that! Your business means the world to us!
HONORABLE MENTIONS BY THE WAY:
…there, we didn’t want to go down on record without naming those foods too. Look, if you are eating even a bit of each of these on a semi-regular basis, that is something. Something always most start with something, for from nothing comes nothing. Whoa, did we just write that?