Tag: eye institute

Fish-Oil Supplements Fail to Prevent Mental Decline

As a regular reader of this newsletter, you know to pay attention when a five-year clinical trial with more than 3,000 participants reports no benefits from omega-3 supplements against cognitive decline. Such a study—one of the largest and longest of its kind—would seem to slam the door on hopes for

Getting Clear on Genetic Tests for Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 50. This irreversible disease damages the macula, located in the middle of the eye. It’s the area responsible for central vision, which enables us to see objects that are straight ahead. Losing the middle field

Annoying Visual Floaters And Flashers

Floaters and flashers are more common after age 50.

Floaters look like small black dots or strings in your peripheral vision and tend to appear more often after the age of 50. These shadowy figures result when the part of your eye called the vitreous contracts.

“The vitreous

Eat to See Clearly: Vegetables and Your Eye Health

We often take our sight for granted until it starts to fade. More than half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 80, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—the top cause of severe vision loss and blindness in adults over age 60 in this country—affects as many as 1 in 3.

Annual Eye Exams an Important Part of Preserving Your Vision

Presbyopia, which literally means “aging eye” eventually affects everyone over the age of 40, according to the National Eye Institute. It occurs when the lens—the focusing mechanism in the eye—starts to lose its elasticity, making it difficult to focus at close distances, explains Bruce Rosenthal, OD, FAAO, vice-president/chief of the

Your Eyes Are Windows to Your Overall Health

It’s been said that the eyes are the “windows to the soul.”
Less poetically, those “windows” may allow for a glimpse of your overall health. Since your eyes offer an unobstructed view of your blood vessels, any problems found during an eye exam may provide doctors and patients with the

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