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March, 2011

Advices About Eye Care

Generally while working on the computer, one rarely realizes that they need protection for their eyes even if it means wearing a zero numbered spectacle. Radiation from computers could be hazardous for your eyesight, and today most computers have colored monitors that affect your eyes if you don’t have either an anti-glare spectacle or an anti-glare screen; the idea is to cut off radiation to the minimum level possible.


Below are a few steps to aid in better care for your eyes:

Regular Eye Checkups: Most people believe that looking after your eyes is only for those who have been under a strict vegetarian diet; on the contrary, diets have little effect on your eye-sight. Looking after your eyes is as vital as it could possibly be, so it’s best you schedule regular checkups and keep a close “eye” on your sight.


Eye Exercises: Poor eye sight could be the result of age, lack of vitamin (A and E) and also a sign that, like the rest of your body, your eyes aren’t getting the required exercise. To begin with, you could arrange your seat in a way that is best suited for you to see. To reduce eye strain, you could also indulge in some eye exercises while traveling, like focusing on far away objects, rolling the eyes, with frequent splashes of water too. Try giving your eyes maximum rest by exposing them less to sunlight and avoiding places where dust or pollution is at its peak. Use a pair of sunglasses as often as possible when outdoors.


When was the last time you had an eye checkup? Take an appointment with your ophthalmologist today and look after your eyes.

Glaucoma Disease


By: Dr. Eiad Al Ryahy

Consultant Ophthalmologist / Medical Manager, International Eye Centre


On March 12 , people around the world celebrate World Glaucoma Day, also known as “blue water”, which is the second cause of blindness globally.

According to WHO statistics, about 2% of adults (over 40 years of age) suffer from Glaucoma disease, and scientists estimate that more than 80 million people around the world will suffer from Glaucoma by the year 2020; 11 million

of which will be affected by blindness.


The reason behind the risk of high intraocular pressure “Glaucoma” is an imbalance between the amount of fluid produced by the eye and the capacity of the eye channels to discharge that fluid, thereby creating a pool of liquid inside the eye and increasing pressure on the internal tissues including the optic nerve. There are many reasons behind the low discharge of fluids, such as clogged or narrow openings for drainage, the presence of inflammation which narrows the channels and eye injuries that lead to tissue damage in those channels.


The treatment of Glaucoma depends on medication types that relieve eye pressure, either by reducing the secretion of fluid or by speeding up fluid discharge; laser therapy may also be affective in some cases. Sometimes, medicinal treatment may not be sufficient to reduce eye pressure, in which case surgery is recommended to assist in the discharge of eye fluid until pressure drops back to normal.


Finally, to prevent Glaucoma disease, a periodic examination and consult at an ophthalmologist is highly recommended to ensure your eyes are in good health.

Ways to Relax Your Mind


Today, we have a hectic lifestyle with busy schedules, deadlines, and commitments at work and home. This kind of lifestyle and mental stress triggers nervousness, panic attacks, insomnia and if neglected for a long time, may lead to high blood pressure. For all these reasons, it is important to learn about ways to relax your mind.


Below are some of the most popular techniques for relaxation:

Meditation: This is an excellent way to calm the restless mind. You have to sit in a quiet, comfortable place, close your eyes and focus on one single thought. This in turn will help to loosen up your tensed body muscles.


Control Breathing: When you are under stress, you tend to breathe rapidly and do not exhale properly which leads to an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. For this reason, it is essential to learn how to control breathing, which is done through deep breathing. Take a long deep breath through the nose, hold it for a few seconds and then release it slowly through the mouth. Repeat it 8-10 times and you will feel relaxed almost instantly.


Relaxing at the Workplace: The schedule, responsibilities, and deadlines at the workplace can make you really stressed out. Simple changes in your working environment can make a lot of difference. Organize the papers at your workstation and keep your desk free, give a personalized touch to your desk by keeping some family photographs, and prioritize your work as per importance level.


These are some special techniques which when practiced regularly can help you to develop control over a stressed mind. Get the maximum benefits by leading a healthy lifestyle and relaxing your mind.

Visual Sequence Test


The following is a visual IQ question emphasizing deductive reasoning skills. Please read the question carefully and select the correct answer.


Each horizontal row represents a sequence. Can you find the missing part of the third sequence?

World Kidney Day (WKD)


World Kidney Day is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.


The 2011 Campaign will focus on the important link between Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Cardiovascular Disease and the fact that Chronic Kidney Disease is a major risk for Cardiovascular Disease. The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Protect Your Kidneys and Save Your Heart”.


The incidence of CKD is escalating with 10-13% of the population affected in most countries. Added to this, millions are dying prematurely of cardiovascular diseases linked to chronic kidney disease. WKD aims to foster more aggressive intervention by physicians to better manage CKD, as well as encourage health ministries around the world to invest in preventive measures.


What can you do for your kidneys?


Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect your quality of life. There are, however, several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing these kidney diseases like: keeping fit and active, keeping regular control of your blood sugar level, monitoring your blood pressure, eating healthy and keeping your weight in check, not smoking, and checking your kidney function if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors.


Volunteer in this month’s WKD and be part of spreading the word “Protect Your Kidneys and Save Your Heart”.

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