CHEERS : Red wine could help prevent eye diseases
An ingredient found in red wine, grapes, blueberries and peanuts could help prevent eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, a new study claims.
Keith Little owner of The Big Optician in Newcastle said: Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that Resveratrol, found in the above foods, could help halt out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye. The full report can be read in the July 2010 issue of the American Journal of Pathology.
Keith went on to say: A comprehensive eye examination is the most convenient and effective way of identifying any changes to the blood vessels within the eye. Some people do not realise that if the blood vessels within an individuals eye are changing, this can indicate that the blood vessels within other parts of their body are changing too, due to the onset of disease processes.
The eye is the only part of the human body where the blood vessels can be directly examined so a COMPREHENSIVE eye examination not only tests your vision, it is a good general health check too. That is why the NHS recommends having an eye examination at least every two years. Changes within the eye can indicate the existence of other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, well before the client is aware of any symptoms. The client can then be referred on for treatment while their health problem is still in the early stages thus improving chances of fast and effective treatment.
Keith said: At The Big Optician Newcastle our optometrists are fully qualified and use the latest technology (Digital Retinal Photography - please see articles below) to assist them to identify any changes in the clients retina and blood vessels no matter how subtle and refer the client on for early diagnosis and treatment.
To make an appointment for your next eye examination and digital retinal photography please call: The Big Optician Newcastle City Centre, NE1 6JE on 0191 2603111 or, The Big Optician Newcastle Superstore, NE6 1JX on 0191 2244555