Smart Medicine for Your Eyes: A Guide to Natural, Effective, and Safe Relief of Common Eye Disorders

Smart Medicine for Your Eyes: A Guide to Natural, Effective, and Safe Relief of Common Eye Disorders

by Jeffrey Anshel OD


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Designed for everyone who wants to take an active part in their eye care, Smart Medicine for Your Eyes is an A-to-Z guide to eye disorders and their conventional and alternative treatments. Part One provides an overview of eye function and introduces treatment methods, Part Two is a comprehensive directory to eye disorders and their therapy options, and Part Three guides you in using the recommended procedures. Here is a reliable source of information that youwill turn to time and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757003011
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 592,208
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Anshel, OD received his Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. While in the US Navy, he established the Navy’s first vision therapy center located in San Diego, California. Upon his return to civilian life, Dr. Anshel went into private practice, offering his patients alternative therapies as part of their vision care. Today, in addition to his practice, Dr. Anshel is president of Corporate Vision Consulting and is the founder and president of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He is also the best-selling author of Smart Medicine for Your Eyes.

Table of Contents



A Note on Gender,


PART ONE The Elements of Eye Care


The Eyes and the Visual System,

The Development of Vision,

Your Eye Exam,

Nutrition and Vision,

Herbal Therapies and Eye Health,

Homeopathic Remedies and Eye


PART TWO Disorders of the Eye


Troubleshooting Guide,

First Aid for Common Eye Problems,

How Medications Can Affect

Your Eyes,

Accommodative Insufficiency,




Arcus Senilis,




Bloodshot Eyes,


Central Serous Retinopathy,



Computer Vision Syndrome,

Convergence Excess,

Convergence Insufficiency,

Corneal Abrasion,

Corneal Neovascularization,

Corneal Ulcer,

Diabetic Retinopathy,

Double Vision,

Drooping Eyelids,

Dry-Eye Syndrome,




Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis,


Grave’s Disease,


Hypertensive Retinopathy,



Lattice Degeneration,

Lazy Eye,

Light Sensitivity,

Low Vision,

Macular Degeneration,

Multiple Sclerosis,


Night Blindness,


Optic Atrophy,

Optic Neuritis,





Recurrent Corneal Erosion,

Retinal Detachment,

Retinitis Pigmentosa,


Stye, 00

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, 00


PART THREE Therapies, Procedures, and Eyewear for Eye Care


Acupuncture and Acupressure,

Cataract Surgery,

Contact Lenses,

Corneal Transplant,



Refractive Surgery,



Vision Therapy,



Recommended Suppliers,

Resource Organizations,



You may have never thought about howeasy it is for you to read the words on this

page. That’s because your eyes are probablydoing the job pretty well. In fact, you may be

one of the 42 percent of Americans who don’twear corrective lenses. If so, congratulations!

However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have avision-related problem. And let me ask you a

question: Are you one of the 90 million Americanswho are overdue for an eye examination?

Whatever your particular situation may be,consider the fact that over 80 percent of what

you learn comes in through your eyes. Thatsays a lot about the importance of good vision.

The act of seeing can seem automatic, sotaking our eyes for granted is an easy thing to

do. We are born with two eyes that, for themost part, are fully functional at birth. However,

the complex function of vision, which involvesthe processing and understanding of

visual input, also requires learning. This learninghappens over the first decade of life, and if

it doesn’t occur, a child’s development can beimpaired. Humans are visually directed creatures;

our eyes are our most important connectionto our world.

Vision problems are often not painful andare usually slow to develop. Many of the problems

that occur are preventable, not just byreading letters on an eye doctor’s chart once

per year or eating a lot of carrots, but by takinga little extra time to learn about the eyes

and how they work. A vision problem maystart with occasional blurriness or a dull head -

ache after reading for a short period of time. Oryou may have trouble seeing distant objects

such as road signs at night. Your eyes may burna little bit or feel dry occasionally. Or perhaps

you have noticed recently in the mirror thatyour eyes look different than they used to. Fortunately,

even if something does go wrong, youcan usually correct the problem if you act

quickly. But why wait until there is a problem?There is such a thing as preventive eye care,

and it’s easier than you may think.

This book, by itself, will not give you theknowledge or the ability to cure all eye problems

or allow you to throw away your glasses.However, it will teach you about your eyes and

how to interpret the messages they send. Itmay therefore help to keep you from being

stuck behind glasses for the rest of your life—or at least from needing a stronger prescription

every year. In addition, this guide will showyou how to prevent serious eye damage and

loss of vision. It is a lot easier to prevent eyeproblems than to reverse changes that have already

taken place.

Do you already use corrective lenses? Ifyou wear glasses, you should learn all you can

about them. And you might as well get glassesthat enhance, rather than detract from, your

appearance. In this book, I offer help concerningboth of those tasks. Contact lenses are especially

complicated and should be treatedmore like the medical devices that they are

rather than as cosmetics. This is another subjectI discuss, from options concerning the various

types of contacts to proper care of yourlenses.

Whether you wear corrective lenses or not,you should have enough knowledge about vision

to know when to see an eye doctor andwhat kind of eye doctor to see. Studies continue

to show that many people don’t know iftheir eyecare professional is an optometrist, an

optician, or an ophthalmologist. I define all ofthese terms for you in the coming pages.

The purpose of this book is to introduceyou to the eyes and visual system, give you

basic information on the most common eyeproblems, provide an overview of what is

available in traditional and alternative treatments

for them, and guide you in finding moreinformation. Part One discusses the various elements

of eye care. Included are sections on theanatomy and physiology of the visual system,

the development of vision, how to find theright eyecare professional for your needs, and

the effects of nutrition on vision. Also offeredare introductions to herbal therapy and homeopathy,

as these approaches can be helpful inmaintaining and improving eye health. Ultimately,

Part One serves as the foundation forthe subsequent material presented in the book.

Part Two provides information on problemsthat commonly afflict the eyes. It begins

with basic first aid information for your eyes,and includes an important section on the

ocular side effects of certain common medications.

Next, there is a helpful “TroubleshootingGuide” for quick reference; it consists of a list

of symptoms and identifies the conditions thatmight be causing them. Then, eye disorders are

discussed in alphabetical order. Each entrystarts with a description of the problem, its

causes, and how to identify the signs andsymptoms. Treatment options follow, including

recommendations for conventional treatments,nutritional supplementation, herbal treatments,

and homeopathic approaches. Many of theentries also have a section on self-treatment options.

Such sections detail the most commonlyhelpful natural treatments. Last, general tips

are offered for preventing the disorder or easingthe symptoms.

Part Three further explains a number of thetreatment procedures mentioned in Part Two.

Acupuncture and acupressure, eyeglasses andcontact lenses, eye surgeries, and vision therapy

are among the topics explored at length.When appropriate, helpful illustrations are included.

The information in Part Three will aidyou in conducting a more thorough and educateddiscussion with youreye doctor.Equally important are the appendices atthe back of this book. There is a helpful glossary,

a directory that lists numerous organizationsrelated to eye care and eye health, and a

section that recommends suppliers so that youcan have a jump-start on purchasing reputable,effective eye


The format of this book is simple, yet thefacts presented are extremely significant and

wide-ranging. The information is up-to-dateand based on available research, my experiences,

and common sense. This book shouldanswer your most common questions about

your eyes and the way you see. My hope is thatit will open your eyes to the world of vision

and teach you about your eyes so that you cantalk intelligently with your doctor about your

vision problems. I also hope to dispel somemyths about what’s good for your eyes and

what isn’t. Should you have any questionsabout a condition or the appropriate treatment,

contact an eyecare professional. In the meantime,here’s looking at you!

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