STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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by 2020 as the U.S. population ages. The drain structure in the eye, called the trabecular meshwork, looks normal, but fluid doesn’t flow out like it should. OAG is three times more likely to affect African Americans compared to non-Hispanic whites in the United States. Blindness from glaucoma is at least six times more prevalent among African Americans than non-Hispanic whites.


• Angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) is also called acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow- angle glaucoma. It is less common in the West. The eye doesn’t drain correctly because the angle between the iris and cornea is too narrow; the iris is in the way. This can cause a sudden buildup of pressure in the eye. ACG is also linked to farsightedness and cataracts, a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Symptoms of acute ACG include blurry vision, seeing halos around lights, intense eye pain, nausea and vomiting.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends having a glaucoma screening every four years beginning at age 40 years if you don’t have any glaucoma risk factors and every two years if you’re at high risk or over age 65 years. If you have health problems, such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or are at risk for other eye diseases, you may need to have exams more often.   

Glaucoma is a group of related eye disorders that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can result in vision loss and blindness. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye, a condition called ocular hypertension. However, it can also occur when intraocular pressure is normal.


Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. It is one of the main causes of blindness in the United States. It first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to complete loss of sight, so it is important glaucoma be diagnosed and treated early.


During its early stages, glaucoma normally has no symptoms, which makes it dangerous. By the time you notice a problem with your sight, the disease has progressed to the point that irreversible vision loss has already occurred and additional loss may be difficult to stop.


There are two major categories of glaucoma:


• Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) is the most common type. It is also called wide-angle glaucoma. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, primary OAG affects nearly 2.2 million people in the United States. That number is expected to increase to 3.3 million

GLAUCOMA DAMAGES OPTIC NERVE

HARLEENA SINGH

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Treatment can involve glaucoma surgery, lasers or medication, depending on the severity of your case. Eye drops with medication aimed at lowering intraocular pressure are usually tried first. Because glaucoma is often painless, people may become careless about the strict use of eye drops that can control eye pressure and help prevent permanent eye damage. Don’t discontinue using your eye drops without consulting your eye doctor about a possible alternative therapy.


To control high eye pressure and promote eye health, try these tips:



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