Coffee drinkers, rejoice! Aside from the energy jolt you'll receive from coffee, food scientists say you may reap another health benefit from a daily cup of joe: prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration.
"Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and we are understanding what benefit we can get from that," said Chang Y. Lee, professor of food science at Cornell University.
Raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 to 9 percent chlorogenic acid (CLA), a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice, according to a Cornell study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (December 2013).
Read more: A cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away, study shows
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Eating Carrots Will Improve Your Vision
Fact: Carrots are high in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision. Eating carrots will provide you with the small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision, but vitamin A isn't limited to rabbit food; it can also be found in milk, cheese, egg yolk, and liver.
Sitting Too Close to the TV Will Damage Your Vision
Fiction: Sitting closer than necessary to the television may give you a headache, but it will not damage your vision. Children may do this to see the TV more clearly. They may, in fact, need glasses.
Reading in the Dark Will Weaken Your Eyesight
Fiction: As with sitting too close to the television, you may feel eyestrain or get a headache from reading in the dark, but it will not weaken your eyes.
Using Glasses or Contacts Will Weaken My Eyesight, and My Eyes Will Eventually Become Dependent On Them
Fiction: Your eyes will not grow weaker as a result of using corrective lenses. Your prescription may change over time due to aging or the presence of disease, but it is not because of your current prescription.
Children With Crossed Eyes Can Be Treated
Fact: Children are not able to outgrow strabismus -- the medical term for crossed eyes -- on their own but, with help, it can be more easily corrected at a younger age. That's why it is important for your child to have an eye exam early, first when your child is an infant and then again by age two.
There's Nothing You Can Do to Prevent Vision Loss
Fiction: At the very first sign of symptoms, such as blurred vision, eye pain, flashes of light, or sudden onset of floaters in your vision, you should see your doctor. If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or at least slow down the loss of vision.
Using a Nightlight in Your Child's Room Will Contribute to Nearsightedness
Fiction: It has been thought that using a nightlight in your child's bedroom may contribute to nearsightedness, however there is not enough evidence to support this claim. Keeping a nightlight on in your baby's room may actually help them learn to focus and develop important eye coordination skills when they are awake.
Looking Straight at the Sun Will Damage Your Sight
Fact: Looking at the sun may not only cause headache and distort your vision temporarily, but it can also cause permanent eye damage. Any exposure to sunlight adds to the cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation on your eyes. UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration, solar retinitis, and corneal dystrophies. The most dangerous time for sun gazing is during a solar eclipse. The brightness of the sun is hidden; but the dangerous invisible rays that permanently burn your eyes are not reduced.
Using Artificial Sweeteners Will Make Your Eyes More Sensitive to Light
Fact: If you use artificial sweeteners, like cyclamates, your eyes may be more sensitive to light. There are other factors that will make your eyes more sensitive to light as well. They include antibiotics, oral contraceptives, high blood pressure drugs, diuretics, and diabetic medications.
If you have ever been in our shop you'll know it right away... We love eyeglasses! But most of all, we love fitting YOU with the perfect pair of glasses. We want you to be happy with your decision for a long time, and we want you to return for your next pair.
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How do you pick your perfect pair? Start with the shape of your face!
MTV did this great article on "How to find the right glasses for your face"
They start with the 7 basic face shapes
Then pair up the appropriately shaped celebrity, with and without their perfect pair of glasses on!
For example: in the photo of Anne Hathaway she is said to have an "oval" face shape, meaning her face is longer in length then it is wide. She has a soft jaw and proportionate structions.
Her perfect pair? Large squared frames, or funky, cat-eyed tips. Anything that can draw attention to the centre of your face works well to keep it looking proportionate, and add more detail to your subtle features.
Check out the rest of the article here: How to find the right glasses for your face
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It is an all too common misconception that yellow tinted or yellow polarized night driving glasses are beneficial for night time driving. The thought is, the yellow or amber color reduces glare and improves contrast.
However, in reality, when driving at night or dusk in already limited lighting conditions, ANY tint further reduces the amount of light transmitted to the eye, and consequently, further impairs vision.
While yellow lenses can be effective for foggy or hazy daylight conditions, they are not effective against headlight glare and should not be worn at dusk or night. If glare from headlights is a problem, the first step should be a thorough eye examination, as this could be an early indication of cataracts or other medical conditions. Book your exam: 905-751-0169
The best option for night time driving is a pair of spectacles with clear lenses and an Anti-Reflective (AR) coating. The AR coating is beneficial in two ways. First, it minimizes internal reflections within the lenses, reducing halo problems, and second, it increases the transmittance of light through the lens to the eye.
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