Dr. Banik's Vision Health Blog

Thoughts and suggestions on how you can maintain health for your vision, mind, and body.

Leaky Eye Syndrome and Macular Degeneration

You may have heard of leaky gut or leaky brain, but have you heard of leaky eye syndrome? Similar to the other syndromes caused by inflammation and increased permeability, in leaky eye syndrome, normal barriers within blood vessels break down.

When vessels leak, the eye’s delicate tissues are exposed to blood products, fluid, and proteins. This leakage triggers the immune system and propagates a cycle of further inflammation. Leaky eye syndrome ultimately causes loss of vision, and in some cases, even blindness.

Macular degeneration is the prototypical leaky eye syndrome. Let me explain.

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What is Integrative Ophthalmology?

When I introduce myself to patients as an Integrative Ophthalmologist specializing in Functional Medicine, I often get quizzical looks. The response is usually, “I’ve never heard of that before! What exactly do you do?”

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Top 3 Foods To Fight Macular Degeneration

Nutrition plays an essential role in preventing eye disease. Consuming a nutritious and well-balanced diet of eye-smart foods can help prevent diseases of the eye such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Here are the top three foods for preventing...

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration – How Is It Diagnosed?

  Age-related macular degeneration can be diagnosed during an eye exam. Your ophthalmologist may have you look at an Amsler grid. This 20x 20 square grid that looks like graph paper helps you identify any blurry, distorted, or missing areas in your central field of...

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Night Time Gadget Hacks To Help You Sleep Better At Night

Night time use of devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or other gadgets have detrimental effects on our sleep and our health, according to years of studies.  Although this may be the case, if you’re like most people, before bedtime is typically the only time in the...

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Why The Whites Of Your Eyes May Be Discolored

The white part of the eye that serves as a protective layer is called the sclera, which covers over 80% of the eyeball’s surface. A healthy sclera should be white. If it becomes yellow or discolored, an underlying condition may be present. Here are some reasons why...

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Vaping And How It May Affect Your Vision

Vaping was introduced as a safe alternative to using tobacco. However over the years, numerous side effects have been reported associated with vaping. In 2019, vaping was been linked to more than 1,000 illnesses and at least 26 deaths.  Vaping’s impact on eye health...

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