The Amazing Eye

The Amazing Eye

As some of you know, I have a had some eye health challenges over the last several years. I have something called keratoconus in both eyes. It’s a condition where the normally round cornea (the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris & pupil) thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. Two weeks ago, I had eye surgery to stabilize the cornea to prevent it from thinning and bulging more. The procedure involved stripping the outer layer of cells from the cornea, infusing my eye with vitamin B2 drops and activating the collagen (to stabilize the cornea) with ultraviolet light.

The Ability to Heal

The afternoon of the surgery was not pretty. It was painful and my eye wouldn’t stop watering. I had to put a towel over my head and just sit because my eye was extremely light sensitive. What amazed me so much was the healing that had occurred by the next morning. I had an appointment with my optometrist and she said the epithelium had healed over 30%! Thirty percent…..in less than 24 hours! The eye (especially the cornea) is the fastest healing organ in the human body.

New Cells are Ready

The surface of our eyes consist of living cells that have the ability to rearrange themselves and migrate to where the cells are missing. This is different from a scratch on your arm, for example. The outer layers of skin on your arm consist of non-living cells, layered 3 or 4 cells deep. Because these top layers are already dead, they can’t move around and you have to wait for new layers of cells to work their way up to the surface (by sloughing off the dead cells over time) for the healing to take place.

Amazing Eye Facts

– 7 million cells called “cones” help you to see colour and details

– 100 million cells called “rods” help you to see better in the dark

– if you wore glasses that flipped images upside down, your brain would flip the images and they would appear correct

– you blink 17 times/minute on average, that’s 5.2 million times/year!

– the eye is the fastest muscle in your body, a blink typically lasts 100-150 milliseconds

– if the human eye was a camera, it would have 576 megapixels

– your eye has over 2 million moving parts

– people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor from a genetic mutation that occurred 6000-10000 years ago

Appointments

We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Request an appointment today!

Request An Appointment

  • I have been suffering with neck and back pain and lack of mobility since my early teens and I am now 27, but I have progressively had a harder time coping with it since I started working in Healthcare in 2019. It had gotten to the point where all I could think about was finding a different job throughout my shift because I wasn't sure how much longer I could handle it. I decided to give Chiropractic Medicine a try and I am so thankful I did! I have been going to Ancaster Family Chiropractic since July 2021 and I have experienced a significant improvement with reduced severity and frequency of pain, better range of motion in my neck and back, and I rarely have to take OTC pain medication which is something I was relying on daily beforehand. I am not even halfway through my treatment plan and I can't wait to continue experiencing improvement in my quality of life. Thank you, Dr. Neil, Sue and Deb!

    Kyle K. Avatar
    Kyle K.
    11/01/2021
  • Being part of the Ancaster Family Chiropractor was the best decision, my treatment help with my posture and sleeping habits. The team are also very professional and welcoming.

    Loretta C. Avatar
    Loretta C.
    10/08/2021
  • Dr. Neil does an incredible job at adjusting your spine so your body can heal the way it's made to. He also teaches you how to live your most healthy lives! Dr. Neil, Deb and Sue are all friendly and caring individuals, which makes for a great team of staff!

    Heather Avatar
    Heather
    10/08/2021
  • Highly recommended

    jimmy d. Avatar
    jimmy d.
    10/03/2021
  • Dr. Neil and the staff Deb and Sue were very helpful with dealing with my issues. I went in with a lower back pain and has been healing pretty well. I have noticed the adjustments and home exercise not only helped with the pain but also helped with my digestion issues such as bloating. They were very accommodating whenever I needed a change in visits.Overall a great place to get yourself healed.

    Organic C. Avatar
    Organic C.
    7/09/2021
  • Excellent chiropractic office. Dr. Neil and his team are efficient and effective.

    Nader &. Avatar
    Nader &.
    6/02/2021
  • Great service and atmosphere, staff is friendly. I am always eager for my weekly adjustments, feel so much better after and very energized. Highly recommend the place.

    Biljana M. Avatar
    Biljana M.
    6/02/2021
  • Their philosophy of health and well being is encouraging, optimistic and realistic. I appreciate the idea of leading a healthy lifestyle and preventing illness rather than simply treating the symptoms of ailments. Also, there are times unexpected benefits to chiropractic care. I wholeheartedly recommend Ancaster Family Chiropractic.

    Jared W. Avatar
    Jared W.
    6/02/2021
  • I've been seeing Dr. Neil for over two years and consider his care essential to my overall well being. Dr. Neil, Deb, and Sue create a welcoming friendly environment. I greatly enjoy attending at Ancaster Family Chiropractic and I highly recommend them. Thank you for the great care you provide! Julie

    Julie F. Avatar
    Julie F.
    5/26/2021
  • Dr Neil is fantastic at welcoming new patients. It's been a pleasure so far! I would definitely recommend!

    Dayna F. Avatar
    Dayna F.
    5/26/2021

Call Us
Find Us
Font Resize
Contrast
Call Us Text Us