My Note: January calendar events on the Internet notes that this month is Glaucoma Awareness month and/or National Eye Care Month. (I saw both listings on separate websites.) So this book seems perfect for January.

The cover of Dr. Jeffrey Anshel’s eye book is like a Table of Contents. Printed in small boxes along the left side of the cover are these categories: Herbs, Vitamins, Exercises, Homeopathy, Minerals, and Foods. Underneath the photo of the eye on the cover is this subtitle: “A Guide to Natural, Effective, and Safe Relief of Common Eye Disorders.”

In his Introduction, the author notes that more than 80% of what we learn comes through our eyes. Yet I see very few books on eye health, so this, to me, is valuable resource. True to his word(s), the author begins his book with a discussion and diagrams on the entire visual system. Included in this first part, the doctor also covers Nutrition and Vision as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies for eye health. (Traditional eye doctors rarely discuss nutrition.) This comprehensive section covers all aspects of nutrition, from digestion to macronutrients (water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats) to the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and also includes herbal remedies, standing on its own as a large nutritional reference.

The bulk of the book is Part Two: Disorders of the Eye, from First Aid for Common Eye Problems to Floaters to Styes. There are some eye disorders I did not recognize, such as Pinguecula, whose name derives from the Latin word for “fatty.” Specifically, a pingueculia (pin-GEK-yoo-lah) “is a yellowish patch that forms in the white part of the eye, often at three-o’clock or nine o’clock position in relation to the cornea.” (As you can tell by the definition, the language is in simple terms suitable for a lay person.) Furthermore, each of these categories has not only the definition, but also suggestions for both conventional and homeopathic/natural remedies.

The final section covers  therapies such as contact lenses and surgery, also written in easy-to-understand terms, and this is followed by a glossary, recommended suppliers, and resource organizations.

This comprehensive guide is written to help the reader make informed decisions when visiting an eye-care professional and accomplishes its goal. Actually, this book would also be an excellent resource for non-nutritionally oriented eye doctors. In fact, I plan to show this to my kid brother, a semi-retired ophthalmologist who never once mentioned nutrition when I visited him and heard him speak on eye issues to a group of medical students. This could be on his reference shelf.

Smart Medicine for the Eyes is published by Square One Publishers and costs $19.95. Keep it near your medicine cabinet or with other health books as a handy reference. Since our eyes are our most  important connection to our world, as the author notes, this book is important. I would add that it is also valuable!

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