A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens created by an aggregation of proteins. At present, the only way to treat cataracts is through surgery. Though all surgery carries some risk, according to the National Eye Institute, cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective types of … Read More
Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat
Q: I’ve been making do with reading glasses I got at the drugstore, but I would like to to see more clearly. What do you recommend?
A: The first step is having an eye exam. In addition to testing your sight and determining what type of vision correction you need, an … Read More
As many as 36 million Americans, including 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74, report some degree of hearing loss. It can happen suddenly, but more often it is gradual.
“As we age, hearing loss begins to occur,” says Joseph Montano, EdD, associate professor of audiology at … Read More
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the top cause of vision loss in older adults, but you can take certain steps to protect your eyes and preserve your vision.
“AMD is a multifactorial disease related to advancing age, genetics, and environmental exposures,” says Szilárd Kiss, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell … Read More
Despite its beauty, the spring blooming season is unwelcome among people who suffer from hay fever, who know too well the toll that allergies can take, including constant runny nose, sneezing, lack of sleep, and post-nasal drip, among others symptoms. Unfortunately, available allergy medications have unpleasant side effects, including dry … Read More
Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible vision loss as we age. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than half of all Americans have them or have had surgery for them by the time they reach 80. The condition causes vision to become progressively clouded; a process that happens so … Read More
Changes in eye prescriptions are not the only vision issue adults face as they age. A new study in Optometry and Vision Science reports that older adults show a high rate of anisometropia, or unequal vision, which can be a leading contributor to disabling falls.
In the study, researchers analyzed vision … Read More
Q. I received a flu shot this year and still got the flu? Why is this–I thought a shot was supposed to prevent the flu?
A. Despite your own particular case of flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported influenza activity as “moderate” so far this year—small comfort … Read More
Iron-deficiency anemia (IDA), a common and easily treated condition that results from a lack of sufficient iron in the body, has been found to impact hearing ability in some people. In a recent study, researchers discovered that, while 1.6 percent of the general population has hearing loss, 3.4 percent of … Read More
Painkiller Use Associated With Hearing Loss
A recent study (American Journal of Epidemiology, Dec. 14, 2016) suggests there may be a link between hearing loss and long-term use of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil®, Aleve®). Researchers looked at data on 55,850 women age 44 to 69. … Read More