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Dear Friends, I’ve been wearing eyeglasses most of my life. At first I was very resistant to wearing them, even hiding them from myself. But as time went on, I resigned myself to needing glasses to see well, and nowadays they’re the first thing I reach for when I wake up. It’s amazing to realize how magnificent the eyes are, how much information we gain from our sight (70 percent of the input that comes to the brain, according to Dr. Rick Graebe, featured in this month’s cover story about Family Eyecare Associates). This precious resource needs to be taken care of and properly preserved, so this month’s issue

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DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION? THE TERM DEFINES NORMAL VISUAL ACUITY By Dr. Tom Miller, Staff Writer

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When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual

acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” it displays letters of progressively smaller size. Normal vision is 20/20. This means someone sees the same line of letters at 20 feet that a normal person sees at 20

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feet. If you have 20/100 vision, it means you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet. A comprehensive eye examination performed by an eye specialist can diagnose issues affecting someone’s ability to see well. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that specializes in the eye. While the training of ophthalmologists and optometrists is now very similar, especially with ocular disease diagnosis and treatment, there are some marked differences between the two. Ophthalmologists are trained to perform surgery. This includes LASIK vision correction as well as cataract removal and surgery related to eye trauma, burns or detachment of the retina. Ophthalmologists have additional specialized training in diagnosing and treating more complex medical eye conditions. It is not unusual for optometrists and ophthalmologists to work closely together on hard-to-diagnose conditions or ongoing disease treatment and management. Opticians have a different role and responsibility. They specialize in filling the lens prescriptions

optometrists and ophthalmologists prescribe. Opticians will usually receive a one- or two-year degree or certification. In a typical optometry practice, the optician will evaluate the prescriptions written by the eye doctor and dispense, repair, adjust and replace eyeglass frames, lenses and contacts. Children, adolescents and adults all need an annual eye exam. An eye care specialist is prepared to diagnose, treat and assist you. If you are dealing with aging eyes, it is critical to have regular eye exams to diagnose and treat serious eye conditions and assess overall health. The eyes can play a critical role in early diagnosis of other conditions and diseases. Sources and Resources American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.geteyesmart.org) American Optometric Association (www.aoa.org) WebMD Eye Health Center (www.webmd.com)

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What Are Cataracts? SIMPLE SURGICAL PROCEDURE CAN CORRECT EYE CONDITION By Jean Jeffers, Staff Writer “It’s all in the eye of the beholder,” or so the saying goes. Cataracts obstruct the vision of the beholder. But the condition may be markedly improved by a simple surgical procedure. As Americans age, some conditions develop that must be treated to live well. One of those is cataracts. A cataract may be present in one or both eyes. What happens with cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) (https://nei.nih. gov), light passes through the transparent lens to the retina. Once it reaches the retina, light is changed into signals that are sent to the brain. The lens must be clear for the retina to pick up images. If the lens is cloudy, it forms a cataract, and images will be blurred. The lens rests behind the iris and the pupil. It works like a camera, sending light to the retina in the back of the eye where an image is picked up.

The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus. It is composed of water and protein. As we age, changes occur in the texture of the lens. Protein clumps together and begins to cloud a portion of the lens. This develops into a cataract. As time passes, the cataract enlarges and clouds more of the lens, thus making it harder to see. This is when cataract surgery is generally indicated. Who is at risk for a cataract? The incidence of cataract occurs more often as people grow older. Other risk factors include diseases such as diabetes, some medications, some personal behaviors, such as smoking, and environmental factors. According to the NEI, cataract symptoms include: • cloudy, blurry vision; • faded colors; • haloes or glow from headlamps on a car; • poor night vision; and • double vision. Symptoms of cataracts may initially be improved with the use of new glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or a magnifying glass. Gradually these aids lose their effectiveness and surgery is needed to correct the vision. The NEI says cataracts need to be removed when they interfere with daily activities, such as driving, reading or watching TV. Waiting a significant amount of time before having surgery does not

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cause long-term damage to your eyes or make the procedure more difficult. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. It has been perfected in recent years and is considered a safe, reliable treatment for cataracts. However, just like with any surgery, there are risks, including infection and bleeding. After surgery, you must keep your eyes clean and avoid touching them. You must also use the eye drops prescribed for a certain amount of time. Retinal detachment sometimes occurs after cataract surgery. One symptom of retinal detachment is the presence of flashes of light or floaters. If these symptoms occur, see an eye care specialist immediately. This is a medical emergency, and treatment is needed at once. It could save your vision.

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States.

About the Author Jean Jeffers is an RN with an MSN from the University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. She has been published in magazines such as Christian Living in the Mature Years.

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Eyes Opening Wide to New Possibilities Family Eyecare Associates is about to expand its office space at 105 Crossfield Drive in Versailles by 1,500 square feet. It was inevitable. As the practice has grown, more people are discovering the various ways their eyesight – and their lives – can be improved with the innovative therapies available there.


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By Tanya J. Tyler, Editor, Health&Wellness Dr. Rick Graebe, OD, FCOVD, and Dr. Regina Callihan, OD, offer the general optometric services, tests and treatments you’ll find at most eyecare facilities, from computerized eye exams for both children and adults to top-quality eyeglasses and contact lenses. But for both doctors, eye health isn’t just a matter of having so-called 20/20 vision. “People tend to think of eyesight and vision as the same thing,” Dr. Graebe said. “There is such a difference. You can have great eyesight but that doesn’t mean you have great vision. It’s so much more than just, ‘Can I see the eye chart?’ Vision involves how our eyes, brain and body interact because 70 percent of the input that comes to the brain is through the eyes. People are more active these days and we can provide them with the tools they need to get the most benefit.” “We have more services under one roof than probably anywhere else in the area,” Dr. Callihan said. While you will find standard eye-health equipment at Family Eyecare Associates, there are many more exciting enhancements to discover, whatever your visual problem may be. “We get referrals from everywhere,” Dr. Graebe said. “We’ve seen problems here nobody else has been able to solve. A lot of our patients ask isn’t there anything we can do for them, and the answer is yes. For 60 percent of my patient base, the problem is their eyes aren’t tracking properly or their visual system isn’t matching the output of their other sensory systems. That mismatch creates stress.” Using therapies such as neuro-optometric visual training and syntonic phototherapy (also known as optometric phototherapy), patients with visual and visually related conditions such as headaches, eyestrain, amblyopia (lazy eye), double vision and strabismus (crossed eyes) can see marked improvement. Syntonic phototherapy indirectly balances the autonomic nervous system and the brain’s biochemistry. It is a groundbreaking, growing aspect of Family Eyecare Associates that can benefit numerous patients.

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Another aspect that makes Family Eyecare Associates stand out is the Children’s Vision and Learning Center attached to the main office. Here children of all different ages are tested and evaluated for reading and school performance. Children in these programs average over a three-year improvement in performance in as little as 30 weeks. Therapist Jennifer Lord can testify to the effectiveness of the program. Her own daughter, whom she homeschooled, had been having trouble reading, and she had a strong emotional reaction to being made to read. “She just couldn’t do it,” Jennifer said. “It was physically painful for her.” She and her husband tried everything and went to numerous professionals for help. When they came to Family Eyecare Associates, Dr. Graebe was at last able to diagnose their daughter’s problem and recommend a program of therapy that helped her rehabilitate and find and reach her potential. Impressed with her child’s improvement, Jennifer, who has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling, was glad to accept a job with the Children’s Vision and Learning Center. She believes she assists not only her young patients but their nervous parents as well. “I can say to the parents, ‘Let me tell you about my experience,’” she said. “As a parent, there was shame in the sense that there was something wrong with my child, and then you see there are others just like you. It normalizes the situation. You see someone struggling like you. A lot of people are afraid the therapy won’t work. I can explain their results and tell them it does work.” Adult patients benefit from visual therapy as well

as children. Jennifer said many patients come to Family Eyecare Associates with visual stress. “They’re constantly producing adrenalin,” she explained. “They’re in flight-or-fight mode. That collapses the visual field so they just see bits of the bigger picture.” A reduced visual field impacts all aspects of daily living, including work proficiency and academic performance. Symptoms include losing your place when reading, skipping lines or words and seeing words moving on the page of something you’re reading. Limited peripheral awareness may lead to difficulty with balance, coordination, driving and sports performance. Among other devices, special color filters are used to open up the visual field and balance out the visual system. Short-term syntonic phototherapy treatment has been shown to significantly improve peripheral vision, memory and academic achievement. “Like in occupational therapy or physical therapy, what we’re actually doing is creating new pathways for the brain,” Dr. Graebe said. “If you practice something regularly enough, the brain decides, ‘I will find a simple, easy way to do this and create a new pathway so I don’t have to think about it anymore; I’ll go on autopilot.’ And that’s what happens. As neurologists say, ‘Nerves that fire together wire together.’” Dr. Graebe focuses on three areas in therapy. One is visual efficiency: how well the eyes point, track and move focus together. The second area is perceptual processing, including visual memory, visual discrimination, spatial awareness, timing and visualization, or the ability to make pictures in your head. The third area is sensory integration, because

the brain, eyes and body all have to work together to achieve optimum performance. “My definition of therapy is creating an environment where the brain gets a more meaningful experience, and with the extra feedback learning takes place,” Dr. Graebe said. “When determining if a patient will benefit from therapy, it comes down to a couple of basic questions: What’s my potential? Am I currently achieving at my potential?” Making a difference that assures his patients’ school and work success is something Dr. Graebe strives for. He refers to himself as a vision performance expert. “I know how to maximize someone’s visual performance, whether it be through lenses or training,” he said. “Better visual performance allows people to reach their full potential. When they come here, they’ve hit a stumbling block. We get them through it with the foundation they need and they can build and go from there. It’s where my heart is.”

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Eyeglasses Make a Fashion Statement FIND A STYLE THAT COMPLEMENTS THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE By TaNiqua Ward, Staff Writer According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by. Eyeglasses offer corrective vision for people who have difficulty seeing. Because such a large population of people wear them, eyeglasses have become a common fashion statement. Eyeglass shopping can be a hassle. You have to find eyeglasses within your budget and they need to fit your style and be a good match for your face. Depending on your vision, you may wear your eyeglasses occasionally, such as when you’re reading, or every day all the time. The following guidelines can make finding the right glasses an easy process: Face Shape. You should choose your frames based on the shape of your face. Is it oval, round, square, diamond or heart shaped? Select frames that bring symmetry and balance to your face. Color. There are “cool” and “warm” frame colors. Cool colors are generally hues of blues, purples and pinks while warm colors are more neutral, such as khaki, gold and cooper. Choose the color of your frames based on the colors of your skin, eyes and hair. People generally look best in colors that are in their own

Look for glasses that flatter you.

color base and complement their skin tone. Lifestyle. Think of your everyday activities and the things you do while wearing eyeglasses. Make sure the glasses you choose are durable if you are more active, or find eyeglasses that accessorize your outfits well if you spend a lot of time in the office. Personality. Your eyeglasses can say a lot about you and your personality. You can also have multiple pairs for different environments and personalities. Some people have a pair for business and a fun pair for weekends and activities. Find the eyeglasses that best express your personality and go with your style. Be open to new colors, frames and ideas when choosing eyeglasses. Look for glasses that flatter you and help you make a personal style statement.

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Mindfulness and Gratitude for Your Aging Eyes By John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP Most people say the gift of sight is their most valuable sense perception – and almost everyone experiences decline in visual function with aging. One of the most common symptoms of aging is the decline in accommodation, the process by which the eye changes (accommodates) focus to maintain a clear image of objects at different distances. This decline often begins before age 50 years. Accommodation acts like an automatic reflex, but it can also be consciously controlled. It occurs by the contraction and relaxation of the tiny ciliary muscles attached to the lens. This allows the lens to change shape to focus on objects at varying distances from near to far. When functioning properly, this focusing process can occur almost instantaneously. Presbyopia is the formal term for age-related decline in accommodation, leading to difficulty seeing small objects, especially up close. It results from the lens becoming harder, stiffer and less flexible with age. Symptoms include blurred vision, headaches and needing more light or magnification for close-up work. Reading and looking at a computer or phone cause the ciliary muscles to contract, changing the shape of your lens for near vision. When you look far away, the ciliary muscles relax. Repeated close work can cause symptoms associated with eye strain

and tension in facial muscles. The added stress and muscle tension of meeting deadlines can create neck pain, jaw clenching and muscle contraction throughout the body – all from the unskillful use of your eyes and your attention. Here are some mindfulness practices for your eyes. They do not take the place of professional advice for eye problems, but they can help you manage stress-related symptoms associated with your eyes. Simple gratitude We hurry around all day being busy and ignoring the wonder of our sense of sight and the wisdom of our bodies. Try keeping a gratitude journal. Writing down three things (or more) for which you are grateful each day can increase your awareness of the many gifts in your life, including the gift of sight. You might use the question, “What went well today?” as a guide to these journal entries. When I do this regularly, I find my eyes are wide open to gratefulness for little things throughout my entire day. Self massage Begin this self-nurturing practice by removing your glasses or contacts and gazing at your hands, both the palms and the backs. See your hands as a visible continuation of all your family tree, including your parents, grandparents and all your ancestors. Recall the ways in which you have used your hands in acts of kindness

and compassion. Then rub the palms together briskly until heat is generated. Placing the palms over your eyes, feel the self-kindness and compassion of caring for your eyes. Then use the fingertips to gently massage the muscles of the temples, forehead, face, scalp and neck. Focusing near and far A classic eye exercise from the yoga tradition involves alternating your visual focus between near and far objects. While reading or working at the computer, periodically rest your eyes by looking into the distance. This is one advantage of situating your workspace with a window view. Alternate your focus between a distant object and a near object, such as the thumbnail of your outstretched arm, keeping your focus on each object for a few seconds before shifting focus. See how close you can bring the thumbnail and maintain sharp focus. Stop there. Allow the eye and facial muscles to soften and relax in each position, far and near, before shifting. Allow the sense of relaxation to spread throughout your

The gift of sight can be more deeply appreciated, even as it changes over time.

Mindfulness of your senses To create a foundation of mindful awareness throughout your day, take a few minutes to formally sit and simply be aware of your breathing, your body and your senses. Sitting comfortably in a tall, dignified posture, feel the breath coming into and out of your body. Feel the sensations of the breath in the nose, back of the throat, chest and belly. Feel the physical tactile sensations of your body touching the chair and the floor. Open your senses wide to include sounds, tastes, smells and the sense of sight, whether your eyes are open or closed. Notice colors, shapes, light, shadow, moving objects and still objects, welcoming all of them into your visual field. Cultivating mindfulness and gratitude can enrich your sense perceptions and your entire life. The gift of sight can be more deeply appreciated, even as it changes over time. I have recorded a five-minute audio version of the above exercises. You can access it on my Web page at www.mindbodystudio.org/?page_ id=1594. About the Author Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.). He operates the Mind Body Studio in Lexington, where he offers integrative medicine consultations. He can be reached through his Website at www. mindbodystudio.org.


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Kentucky Health Solutions LOCAL INDEPENDENT AGENCY WORKS ON YOUR BEHALF TO FIND THE BEST MEDICARE PLAN By Brian Lord, Publisher It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most dreaded times of the year. As of August 2017, the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services estimated that 1,402,980 of us in Kentucky who are on Medicare alone need to check their plans and any changes that will take place next year. If this is you then you are not alone in the stress of looking for a new coverage. Because of this we are pleased to spot light a local company here in Lexington who is ready to step in and help calm the storm for people in the ever-changing seas of our health care market. Kentucky Health Solutions is a local independent agency that steps in to tackle this burden head on. Pete Alberti, the owner of Kentucky Health Solutions established this independent agency with the purpose of working for the client’s behalf and not the insurance provider. They will shop for you, make the phone calls, do the research, and compare every insurance company available to you. The best part is there is no charge to you. Yes, it’s free to you! They want to help you find the best plans for your needs and budget. We asked Pete, "how are you able to do this?" He told us: “We do receive a payment, but this comes from the insurance company not the individual we are working for.” This helps him and his team to be all about the client and their needs as he shops for them. “We offer a comprehensive portfolio of health and life insurance products from the most respected insurance carriers in the industry for Medicare and Individual Plans, even small groups.” They work with over 20 different Medicare and Health Care companies, such as, Anthem, Humana, United Healthcare, Cigna, Mutual of Omaha and many others. They also work with the Kentucky Market Place, and some of the faith based plans like Medi-Share. They also take time to help small business owners, who have less than 100 employees, to find coverage with small group plans. “We provide our clients with the most up-todate information so they can make a well-informed decision on their insurance needs,” Pete said. “We research the companies and the types of plans they are going to offer each year. Then we explain how the plans work and how the networks work.” He told us that they teach clients how the prescription coverage compares the different coverage and price

changes. He says their job is to “Help the person get the best product for the money they are spending”. When we asked what makes his company stand out and why people should choose them over shopping on their own, he said, “we take the time to provide you with the one-on-one attention that only comes from years of advanced training, experience, and know-how.” Their job truly seems to be to make this process as easy for us as possible. They have testimony after testimony of clients who rave about the help they received. One of their recent clients named Sue said about Pete, “With honesty, you were a tremendous help with making a decision on selecting my secondary insurance to Medicare. With our future plans we had to look at many things differently from the usual routine.” Another client said, “I understand the basics of Medicare and the diverse types of coverage but found the number of individual plans a little overwhelming. Pete explained all the differences in a very clear and concise manner and I feel confident that I made the right choice for my needs now. I know I can always call Pete later if I need to make any changes.” What they started seven years ago has turned into a powerful solution for families and individuals at this crazy time of the year. October-15th- to Dec 7th is the annual enrollment time for Medicare changes and then individual plans begin on Nov 1st to December 7th. Kentucky Health Solutions will work ahead to get you ready and make this as stress free as possible for you. We are proud to spot this local company for our readers.

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Dyslexia Manifested in Difficulty With Reading CLUSTER OF SYMPTOMS IMPACTING INDIVIDUALS CAN BE MANAGED By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer More than 3 million people in the United States have dyslexia, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dyslexia is a cluster of symptoms that results in a language-based learning disability that most notably affects reading. Dyslexia impacts individuals throughout their lives, but that impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. The core difficulty in dyslexia is with word recognition and reading fluency, spelling and writing. Most people with dyslexia also have problems identifying separate speech sounds within a word and learning how letters represent those sounds. Other issues include slow or inaccurate reading, mixing up similar words, substituting one small-sight word for another and difficulty fully comprehending what

others mean when they speak, says the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Some struggle with more complex language skills, such as grammar and writing essays. Dyslexia is considered to be neurobiological and genetic. Researchers have identified chromosomes 3, 6 and 15 as potentially related to dyslexia and language impairment. People with dyslexia have structural and functional brain differences. Two areas of the brain are important to reading: the left temporaparietal cortex, which is used to process spoken language, and the occipitotemporal cortex, which is part of the visual processing center. In a dyslexic brain, both cortexes are under-activated. The occipitotemporal cortex recognizes objects from many different angles, regardless of perspective. As one becomes a fluent reader, this area of the brain is trained to recognize letters and words visually. After this training, all words seen and instantly known without thinking about their letters and sounds are called “sight words.” But the brain doesn’t see letters from many different angles as it does objects, which is problematic for letters such as “b” and “d” that the brain wants to recognize as the same object in a different perspective. Everyone has to train their brain to not conflate “b” and “d.” This is not as easy for a dyslexic brain. Those with dyslexia have less gray and white matter in the left temporaparietal area. Less gray matter in this region could lead to problems processing the sound structure of language (phonological awareness). Having less white matter could lessen the ability of the regions of the brain to communicate with one another efficiency.

Differences also appear in hemispherical asymmetry. Most brains of right-handed non-dyslexic individuals are asymmetrical. In contrast, researchers found right-handed people with dyslexia show a pattern of symmetry (right equals left) or asymmetry in the other direction (right larger than left). Functional magnetic resonance imaging shows a different distribution of metabolic activation in dyslexic brains, specifically a failure of the left-hemisphere rear-brain systems to function properly during reading and a greater activation in the lower frontal areas of the brain. Another form of dyslexia, alexia, is caused by a stroke or brain trauma. Alexia can cause difficulty focusing or the inability to read small words or it can cause larger issues, such as making all words look like gibberish. Also known as “word blindness,” alexia is commonly accompanied with expressive aphasia, the inability to speak in sentences, and agraphia, the inability to write. Although dyslexia is a lifelong condition, most people can learn to read and write well with proper help and training. Early identification and treatment are vital for helping those with dyslexia achieve success in school and life. Multisensory, structured language approaches based on a systematic, explicit method involving hearing, seeing and touching at the same time help overcome the learning challenges of dyslexia. Daniel Britton, a London-based graphic designer diagnosed with dyslexia while in grad school, created a font called Dyslexia so non-sufferers can experience the condition. It can be seen at http:// danielbritton.info/dyslexia.

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5 Foods for Healthy Eyes WHAT YOU FEED YOUR BODY CAN ALSO AFFECT YOUR EYES By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in fat can benefit your eyes. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal 87 percent of Americans are not meeting vegetable intake recommendations and 76 percent are not eating the recommended amounts of fruits. If you want to protect your vision, you need to eat more healthy foods. Some of these include: 1. Leafy green vegetables Vegetables such as spinach, collards, turnip greens, romaine lettuce and kale are high in zeaxanthin and lutein, two nutrients found in the healthy eye that reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Your body cannot make zeaxanthin, so you must get it from your diet. According to recent research, once you heat spinach, the lutein and zeaxanthin are damaged and will not perform as well in protecting your vision, so try eating it raw in a salad. 2. Whole grains A diet containing foods with a low glycemic index (GI) can also help reduce your risk for AMD. Swap refined carbohydrates for brown rice, quinoa, whole oats and whole-wheat bread and pasta. The zinc, vitamin E and niacin found in whole grains also help promote overall eye health. 3. Legumes All kinds of legumes, such as blackeyed peas, lima beans, kidney beans and peanuts, contain zinc, an essential trace mineral found in high concentration in the eyes. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light. Other foods with plenty of zinc include poultry, lean red meat, oysters and fortified cereals. 4. Citrus fruits According to scientists, the eyes need significant levels of vitamin C to function properly as well as antioxidants that

can prevent or delay AMD and cataracts. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines are good sources of vitamin C, an antioxidant critical to eye health. Other fruits such as peaches, tomatoes, red peppers and strawberries are also good sources of vitamin C. 5. Fish According to some studies, diets rich in omega-3 fatty acid from cold-water fish such as tuna, sardines and halibut reduce the risk of developing eye disease later in life. These fish are good sources of DHA, a fatty acid found in the retina. Low levels of DHA have been linked to dry-eye syndrome, says Jimmy Lee, M.D., director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. If you don’t eat seafood, you can use fish oil supplements. A 2010 study from John Hopkins found people who had a diet high in omega-3 fatty acid were much less likely to develop AMD. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios also contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that boost your eye health. A diet with lots of trans fat can contribute to macular degeneration by interfering with omega-3 fats in the body. Trans fat is found in many processed and baked goods, such as margarine, shortening, fried foods such as French fries and fried chicken, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers. For your eyes’ health, try to avoid or cut down on these foods as much as possible. Sources and Resources All About Vision (www.allaboutvision.com) American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.aao.org) Health (www.health.com) Mercola (https://articles.mercola.com)

About the Author Harleena Singh is a freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www.aha-now.com) and Web site, www. harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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New Screening Device Available for Patients with Diabetes By Dr. Joe Gerhardstein, FAAFP, Family Practice Associates of Lexington, P.S.C. People who have diabetes must be vigilant about their eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults between the ages of 20 and 74 years, and 45 percent of patients with diabetes develop diabetic eye disease, which can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness, according to www. DiabetesSightRisk.com. One complication of diabetes that affects the eyes is diabetic retinopathy. In this condition, blood vessels become blocked and prevent areas of the retina from receiving blood and nutrients. This can lead to diabetic macular edema, which occurs when the damaged blood vessels leak fluid into the macula. At Family Practice Associates, we now offer fundus photography to screen for retinopathy in patients with diabetes. The procedure takes about five minutes and is covered by Medicare and most insurances. It takes color photographs of the retina and offers an automatic evaluation. The diagnostic report includes retinal images, which are reviewed and read by a board-certified ophthalmologist. A referral/screening plan

clearly details next steps you can take to enhance your eye health. Sometimes you may need to see a retinal specialist, who will perform additional tests. With fluorescein angiography, the specialist injects a dye into your arm and takes photos as the dye passes through your eye. This test helps the specialist detect any closed, damaged or leaking blood vessels. A second special test is an imaging test called optical coherence tomography. It produces a cross section of the retina and is useful for revealing any swelling in the eye tissue. To keep tabs on possible diabetic eye disease, patients with diabetes are encouraged to get a dilated eye exam every year in addition to routine visits with their primary care physician. This type of exam often detects problems a regular vision test cannot. Your doctor will put drops in your eyes to dilate and enlarge the pupils, the openings at the center of the iris. Enlarging your pupils allows your eye doctor to see more of the inside of your eyes to check for signs of disease. Using a special magnifying lens, the doctor checks the retina and optic nerve for damage. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders

(www.niddk.nih.gov) says your eye doctor may conduct other tests to measure the pressure in your eyes; your side or peripheral vision; and how well you see at various distances. You may also need to keep seeing a general ophthalmologist or optometrist if you have other medical conditions that affect your eyes, such as glaucoma, or if you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. A dilated eye exam could be the deciding factor in preserving your sight. Early detection, timely treatment and follow-up care could reduce your risk of diabetes-related blindness by 95 percent. Another way to keep your eyes healthy is to keep your blood glucose and

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Hgb A1C numbers as close to your targets as possible. Also, be sure to regulate your blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and take your medications as directed. About the Author Dr. Gerhardstein is a native of Fort Thomas, Ky. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He joined Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2003. His specialty is family practice. Dr. Gerhardstein shares Nietzsche’s philosophy: “That which does not kill us only makes us stronger.”


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Mondays Free Yoga Classes for Vets,

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Every Monday from 9:30am–10:30am at Ageless Yoga Studio, 611 Winchester Rd., Suite 200. 859303-6225. Pre-register online at agelessyogastudio. com. Click “class” tab to sign up now! Email info@ agelessyogastudio.com for more info.

Mondays Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction The “gold standard” mindfulness program. Orientation Monday night October 16th followed by 8 Monday night sessions. Learn to promote resilience, prevent burnout, cultivate compassion and manage stress-related chronic conditions. Instructor- John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at www.mindbodystudio.org/?page_id=1262. UK Wellness Program offers deep discount for UK employees, retirees and spouses.

Mondays & Wednesdays MELT Method Hand, Foot and Body

Healing Class by Shayne Wigglesworth Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm - Discover pain-free living at any age! Enjoy a gentle foam roller class to reduce pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and more! MELT Method certified instructor Shayne Wigglesworth will teach you healing techniques you can use for self care at home. All materials and rollers are provided. Perfect for all ages, body types and experience levels. Learn more at www.centeredlex.com or call 859-721-1841.

Mondays & Wednesdays Lexington Area Parkinson's Support Group

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm Free daytime and evening discussion groups for people with PD

and their care partners. Daytime meetings held the 4th Monday of each month at noon. Evening meetings held on 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.  Both group meetings held at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, KY.  For more details contact Elaine at 859-277-1040 or by email info@parkinsonslexington.com. Please visit our website atwww.parkinsonslexington.com to get more details about these meetings and other free events held by LAPSG.

Tuesdays Community Flow This weekly restorative class integrates gentle yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and wellness tips for all ages and levels of physical condition. 10:30am–11:30am. Donation only (great portion of all donations go to the Backpack Food Program at Ashland Elementary.) Inspiring, Educating & Supporting our World through the Moving,  Visual & Healing Arts! Daily classes, therapies, workshops & a great spot to host your next event! 309 N Ashland Ave Ste.180, Lexington, KY 40502. 859-721-1841. www.centeredlex.com.

Tuesdays Swing Lessons Every Tuesday: 8pm–10pm at Tates Creek Recreation Center, 1400 Gainesway Dr. $5.00 per person per lesson. Call for more information: Glenn and Rosalee Kelley 859-233-9947; OR Peter and Robin Young 859-224-3388.

Tuesdays Community Yoga Class with Lauren Higdon

Every Tuesday 10:30am–11:30am at Centered Studio, 309 n Ashland ave suite 180 in Lexington. This weekly restorative class integrates gentle yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and wellness tips for all ages and levels of physical condition. Classes may include chair yoga, restorative, yin yoga, tai chi, and more. Perfect for beginners as well as experienced yogis! Donations-based class.

Tuesdays & Thursdays Free "How to Stay Young" Class

Triple Crown Chiropractic and Wellness offers a free class twice a week explaining how to keep your body young through chiropractic care. Free spinal screening available for anyone who attends the class. To register for the class, please call 859335-0419. Questions to pr.triplecrownchiro@gmail. com. Triple Crown Chiropractic and Wellness: 1795 Alysheba Way #4103 Lexington, KY. Free gift from the office to those who attend the class!

1st Tuesdays Lupus Support Group:

Living & Coping with Lupus The Lupus Foundation of America support groups are intended to provide a warm and caring environment where people with lupus, their family members, caregivers and loved ones can share experiences, methods of coping and insights into living with chronic illness. Imani Baptist Church, 1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington from 7:00pm– 8:00pm first Tuesday of every month. 877-8658787. www.lupusmidsouth.org.

2nd Tuesdays PFLAG Support for LGBTs and Families We are a support group of family members and allies united with LGBTQ* individuals. Our meetings provide a safe, confidential space where you can feel respected and accepted wherever you are in your journey or family struggle. Monthly speakers help us to broaden our understanding of these issues in our families and in society. Lexington meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2025 Bellefonte Drive. Frankfort chapter meets the 3rd Monday of the month, 5:30 at the Unitarian Community, 316 Wilkinson Blvd. More information and resources at www.pflagcentralky.org For questions, call 859-338-4393 or info@pflagcentralky. org. *lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning.


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mber Wednesdays Mindfulness and Relaxation for Health

6:30-8:00 PM (arrive at 6 to relax before class). No prior experience of yoga or meditation required. Mobilize your inner resources for promoting health, self care and managing the stress of caregiving, burnout and chronic disease. Cultivate your innate happiness, peacefulness and compassion. Study and practice in a supportive group. Gentle yoga or mindful movement, deep relaxation, sitting meditation followed by discussion. Cost $10 Instructor: John A. Patterson MD, MSPH, FAAFP. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at http:// www.mindbodystudio.org/?page_ id=1055

Fridays Argentine Tango

“Dance of the Heart” Passionate and Romantic- Mindful and Meditative. A uniquely transformative social skill, art form and movement therapy. No partner or dance experience required. Friday

evening 7:30-9:00 PM. You may dropin to any class- this is not a series. Cost $10. Instructors: Dr. John Patterson and Nataliya Timoshevskaya. Mind Body Studio 517 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 859-373-0033. Full details at http://www.mindbodystudio.org/?page_id=214

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November is both National Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In celebration of our caregivers, UK Elder Care is hosting a Senior Resource Fair along with ½ Day Dementia Care Workshop – Seeing It from the Other Side  - Friday November 10, 2017 at the Hilary J. Boone Center.  The featured speaker will be Kathy Tuckey, a Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC educator and speaker with more than 30 years’ experience in gerontology. Caring for someone with dementia poses many challenges for both the family and professional caregiver. The goal of this ½ day workshop is to provide education and support to caregivers and to help them move from ‘just dealing with the disease’ to being an ‘empowered positive care partner’. Visit www.uky.edu/hr/worklife and click on the UK Senior Resource Fair tab to register. www.silverlexington. com for info.

Support Group

12 – 1 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free weight-loss support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share struggles and ideas with others. Held first and third Tuesdays most months. For more information and to confirm the group is meeting, call 288-2446.

Nov. 8 Gestational Diabetes Class 1 – 2 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free class for pregnant women diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes to learn about

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Browse jewelry, cosmetics, home décor, unique gifts and more from 11am–3pm at The Lafayette, 690 Mason Headley, Lexington, KY. Craft and vendor show open to the public.

Nov. 23 Bluegrass Runners 34th Annual Thoroughbred Classic 5K

Race Day is Thanksgiving Day at 9:00am at Keeneland. Like our FaceBook Page for all the latest news and announcements. Entries are $30 ($25 for BGR members). Register online at thoroughbredclassic5k.org. The race start/finish will be near Barn 2, and the race will be chip timed by 3 Way Racing. All proceeds from the race benefit eight local charities.

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1 – 2 pm, Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department PH Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Open to anyone interested in addressing diabetes issues. For more information, call 2882446.

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to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork between the eyes. Supervised therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to conby Dr. Rick Graebe, trol eye alignment, eye tracking and eye teaming, eye focusing abilities, eye Family Eyecare Associates and Vision Therapy movements and/or visual processing. The vision therapist will use specialized computer and optical devices, Vision involves parents and physicians can see some over 70% of the eye problems, usually only a complete including therapeutic lenses, prisms and filters. Visual skills are reinforced neural pathways eye exam can reveal how the child is and made automatic through repetiof the brain. Vision is more than eye really seeing. tion and integration with motor and sight. Vision is the only body system Early treatment of amblyopia is that continues to develop after birth. generally simple, involving eyeglasses, cognitive skills. The therapy rehabilitates the brain, creating new pathways, Vision involves the way the eyes and eye drops, eye patching and vision and helps it readjust the compenbrain interact. It takes approximately therapy. Vision therapy (neurothree years for the eyes to learn how visional perceptual therapy) can help sation techniques it has learned. Scientific research shows children to work together. When they do stimulate the brain to relearn how to not, it can result in the eyes turning see. Visual therapy creates an environ- respond quickly to this treatment protocol; the average patient will show in (esotropia) or out (exotropia), ment where the brain receives more crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy information and feedback about what over a 3-year jump on their skill levels eye (amblyopia). To correct these the eyes and the visual system can do. in just 30 weeks. The American Optometric problems, the brain must learn how This type of individualized, superAssociation recommends preschool to use the eyes together – in essence, vised treatment program is designed the patient must relearn how to see. Fortunately, the brain is quite resilient and adaptable, and with vision therapy, problems can be effectively Vision therapy (neuro-visional treated and the patient can achieve normal eyesight and healthy vision. perceptual therapy) can help The period from birth to age 6 development is critical for vision. stimulate the brain to relearn Anything that interferes with clear vision in either eye during this period how to see. can result in amblyopia. If one eye sees clearly and the other eye sees a blur, the brain will suppress or ignore the eye with the blur. However, the child who has a problem with his or her vision does not know he or she is not seeing properly. The brain compensates for the problem and the child gets used to the way he or she sees, thinking it is “normal.” While

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children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years and five years. A comprehensive eye exam will test visual acuity at near, eye-teaming skills, eye-focusing skills, eye-movement skills and letter and word reversal frequency. This is important because vision problems can lead to learning difficulties. Children who have visual perception disabilities have trouble making sense out of what they see because of the way their brains process visual information. Early detection and correction of visual dysfunctions can have a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to see, read and learn. About the Author Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.


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Pinkeye is usually caused by an infection (bacterial or viral).

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What would our Thanksgiving Day feasts be without cranberries? This staple of our holiday dinner has a long, proud history in the United States. According to the Cranberry Marketing Committee (www.uscranberries.com), Native Americans used cranberries as a food staple as early as 1550. They ate them fresh and mashed them with cornmeal and baked them into bread. They used maple sugar or honey to sweet them. They also mixed cranberries with wild game and melted fat to make pemmican. They made cranberry poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds and used cranberry juice as a dye. Cranberries are low, creeping shrubs or vines with slender, wiry stems and small evergreen leaves. German settlers called them crane berries because the blossom resembles the head and neck of a crane. Early New Englanders called them bearberries because bears often ate them (the berries, not the early New Englanders). More than 100 varieties of cranberries grow in North America. They are primarily grown in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington. These areas have the special conditions cranberries require, such as sandy soil and abundant fresh water. Cranberries are harvested by flooding the bogs and marshes where they grow with 6 to 8 inches of water. The floating cranberries are then easily scooped up. Most cranberries are processed into juice, sauce and sweetened

dried cranberries. Cranberries may be small, but they are packed with nutrients that offer a variety of health benefits. Cranberries have plenty of antioxidant, antiinflammatory and anti-cancer traits. Whole cranberries have been shown to protect the cardiovascular system and liver. They are a good source of fiber and vitamins C, A and K. One controversy surrounding cranberries is the question about their effectiveness in treating or preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). It is said cranberries help prevent bacteria from attaching to the lining of the urinary tract. A comprehensive review in

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2012 of available research concluded there is no evidence that cranberry juice or cranberry extract tablets or capsules are effective in preventing urinary tract infections. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says a cause and effect relationship has not been established between using certain cranberry products and reducing the risk of developing a UTI. Yet another more recent study from 2017 showed cranberry products significantly reduced the incidence of recurring urinary tract infections. These variations probably result from inconsistencies in clinical factors and study methods, says the EFSA. Your best bet is to ask

your doctor about using cranberry if you have a UTI. From salads to relishes to cookies and many other dishes in between (including cocktails), cranberries are very versatile. The cranberry is the state fruit of Wisconsin, which provides over half of the U.S. production of cranberries, making it the nation’s leading cranberry producer. Nov. 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day. Even if you don’t live in the Badger State, it’ll do you good to incorporate cranberries in your daily diet – not just on Nov. 23 (and not just one).


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Opticians and Ophthalmologists: What’s the Difference? SCHEDULE REGULAR EXAMS TO KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY By Jamie Lober, Staff Writer Both opticians and ophthalmologists play a pivotal role in helping you keep your eyes healthy. If you’re not sure how the specialties differ, you’re not alone. The National Consumers’ League conducted a survey that revealed about 30 percent of consumers nationwide don’t know the difference between the two professions. An optician is a specialist who fits glasses and makes lenses to correct vision problems, using prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists. Opticians cannot test vision or write prescriptions on their own. The Opticians Association of America says opticians can dispense colored and specialty lenses for particular needs, as well as low-vision aids and artificial eyes. The optician can help you select frames and lenses. The job outlook for opticians is good, as the U.S. Department of Labor predicted employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growth in the senior population contributes to an increased need for eye care. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has expertise in everything related to eye care, such as diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus says an ophthalmologist has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, so he or she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Ophthalmologists can also prescribe and fit glasses to correct vision problems, and some are even involved in scientific research related to the causes of and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. The American Academy

of Ophthalmology says there are subspecialty areas within the occupation, such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology and plastic surgery, that require additional in-depth training. Opticians and ophthalmologists often work together to meet a patient’s eye care and eyewear needs. Whether you choose to schedule an appointment with an optician or an ophthalmologist, it is important to prepare for your eye exam. The eye care professional will probably ask you about your personal and family health history. Be ready to talk about any vision troubles you’re having. Diseases that affect your vision are often hard to detect at first, so don’t skip having regular vision exams. Prevent Blindness America recommends if you are between ages 20 and 39 years and African American, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. If you are between those ages and Caucasian, have a complete eye exam every three to five years. If you are between ages 40 and 64 years, regardless of race, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. Individuals over age 65 years should have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Prevent Blindness America also says people with risks such as diabetes, previous eye trauma, or family history of glaucoma may need more frequent eye exams. Prevention is always the best medicine. The National Eye Institute recommends taking preventive measures to save your sight. These include wearing protective eyewear and quitting smoking or not starting. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside. At work, give your eyes a break from the computer every 20 minutes to prevent eye strain and practice workplace eye safety. Clean your contact lenses properly.

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while helping residents enjoy a full life. There are no more than nine residents in the Memory Care Neighborhood, which means individual residents can receive specific, personalized attention. There are plenty of opportunities for community activities as well as a specially designed “quiet room” for tranquility and agitation reduction. Family members and caregivers are incorporated into the residents’ lives for comforting continuity, and they may also participate in support groups to share their experiences. Liberty Ridge began as a nonprofit ministry of Eastland Church of God (which is right next door to the community) to help meet the growing need in Lexington for high-quality, affordable housing and services for retirees. It was established in 1999. Its governing volunteer board includes directors from the community. As a non-profit organization, Liberty Ridge offers the most affordable assisted living opportunity in the area, with service fees that are less than half the cost of a nursing home and flexible services – you pay only for the ones you need. Liberty Ridge is managed by SeniorLife Solutions, Inc. Liberty Ridge is located at 701 Liberty Ridge Lane in Lexington on 30 beautiful acres that include walk-

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Balance and Vision Are Correlated By Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer Balance and equilibrium help us know where we are in the world. They are controlled by signals the eyes, the inner ear and the sensory system send to the brain. The relationship between the inner ear vestibular and visual systems begins at birth;

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new ones you would like to begin. Plan out the activities you want to do so you don’t get caught off guard. This can create feelings of panic, fear and anxiety when your feelings of grief are already heightened. Leave room to change your plans if you feel it is appropriate. Embrace Your Treasure of Memories Memories are one of the best legacies that exist after the death of someone loved. And holidays always make you think about times past. Instead of ignoring these memories, share them with your family and friends. Keep in mind that memories are tinged with both happiness and sadness.

during the holidays. Holiday Hope is being held at Milward Funeral Directors, 1509 Trent Boulevard, Lexington, on Monday, November 13 at 6pm. Co-sponsored by Bluegrass Care Navigators, the event will begin with refreshments, musical performance by Pianist Amy Brown and a craft for all guests at 6pm. Participate in the craft should bring a 4”x6” color or black & white copy of a photo of your loved one. The 7pm program includes remarks by Trish Standifur, Associate Minister, Crestwood Christian Church, Lexington; musical performance; and, a candlelight ceremony to honor loved ones. For reservations, call 859-272-3414 (requested, but not required).

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Glaucoma Damages Optic Nerve WITH NO SYMPTOMS, IT’S IMPERATIVE TO CATCH IT EARLY By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer 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 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 narrowangle 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

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Lisa Hamilton, age 56 started with Dr. Miller in May 2016. Lisa suffered with Type 2 Diabetes, Over-Weight, Hypertension, IBS, Fatigue and Migraine Headaches. Lisa weighted over 229 lbs. When Lisa came to Dr. Miller, her A1C was 9.6 and she was on oral diabetes medications. After just 5 MONTHS, Lisa’s A1C dropped from 9.6 to 5.4 and she lost over 40 lbs! Her medical doctor said..“ Wow! Keep doing what you’re doing with Dr. Miller!” Q: Lisa, why did you go to Dr. Miller? A: “My husband had heard Jack Pattie, radio host (on 590 AM), talk of Dr. Miller and the results he gets with a variety of conditions. My husband came to Dr. Miller and then referred me. My Type 2 Diabetes was getting worse, my A1C kept going up and I didn’t like taking the medications. I had gained weight and was just not feeling well.” Q: You’ve been seeing other medical doctors for your Type 2 Diabetes, what was it about Dr. Miller that was different? A: “Dr. Miller really does take the time to get a complete history of what exactly was going on in my life history. He treats you as an individual. From the start, Dr. Miller made it clear that something was not working correctly in my body. He showed me how his approach is to uncover and reveal exactly what’s not working right. Dr. Miller really takes the time to listen. He makes it very clear that Type 2 Diabetes, IBS, Fatigue and Obesity are being caused by something. My other doctors just didn’t take the time to do this, they never even talked about what was causing any of these. From the other doctors, all I got was more and more medications. I knew medications were just covering and masking symptoms and not fixing anything. Dr. Miller’s approach made complete sense to me.” Q: What did Dr. Miller do to uncover or reveal what was not

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Mysterious Microbes: 99 Percent Are Unknown

Human Brain Connected to Internet Researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, connected the human brain to the Internet in real time in September. The “Brainternet” project turned the brain into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web. Taking brainwave signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the user’s head, the signals were transmitted to a Raspberry Pi computer, which live streamed the data to an application-programming interface. It displayed the data on an open Web site where anyone could view the activity. The researchers are working toward transferring information in both directions – inputs and outputs to the brain. Data collected from this project could lead to better understanding of how the mind works and how people can augment their brain power. The work was published in the journal MedicalExpress.

Of the 69 trillion or so cells in the body, only about half are human. The other half are bacterial, in addition to viruses, and nearly all these bacterial cells are still unknown to science. When researchers at Stanford University were looking for ways to predict if a patient’s body would reject a transplant, they discovered the rich microbial world within the body, but 99 percent of them contained DNA that failed to match anything in a genetic database. Further research revealed many of the microbes were close relatives of known microbes, such as the phylum proteobacteria that E. coli and Salmonella belong to. Continued research of these microbes can help scientists better understand infections, pandemics and the body in general.

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The Maillard reaction is why 350 degrees is the “go to” temperature for most baking. It causes the browning of proteins and sugars, which creates a new set of complex flavors. It is a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar; the type of amino acid determines the resulting flavor. Throughout the process, hundreds of different flavor compounds are created, which in turn break down to form even more new flavor compounds. Each type of food has a distinct set of flavor compounds that are formed during the Maillard reaction. Flavor scientists use these compounds to create artificial flavors.

Microplastics Found in Water, Salt, Food Worldwide

About 8 million tons of plastic –a garbage-truck load per minute – enters the oceans every year. One million plastic bottles are purchased per minute, and few are recycled. Now microplastics (plastic particles .00004 inches or smaller that are too small to be filtered out) have been found in tap water, salt and other food items around the world, according to research from the State University of New York at Fredonia, the University of Minnesota and Orb Media. Microplastic fibers were found in 83 percent of the tap water samples of more than a dozen nations. The highest levels of contamination were from the United States at 94.4 percent. Beirut, Lebanon’s level was 93.8 percent, even though the city’s water comes from natural springs. Microplastics are not only present in bottled water. A 2015 German study found plastic in beer, honey and sugar, and other research has found it to be prevalent in sea salt. With the amount of plastic pollution in the oceans, sea salt has more plastic on a per-unit basis compared to tap water.

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