As people age, they’re even more afraid of losing their vision than their memory, says a survey by the American Optometric Association. Risk of potentially sight-robbing eye diseases does increase as we get older. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts and glaucoma are three top concerns. They can affect your quality
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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
Fewer than 50 percent of adults who are experiencing vision loss caused by diabetes report that they have been told by a doctor that diabetes could damage their eyesight, according to a study that appeared online Dec. 19, 2013 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Researchers who collected data on 798 diabetes patients found
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
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
Glaucoma is an eye disease where excess pressure irreparably damages the eye, causing blindness. Because glaucoma symptoms don’t manifest until the disease is very advanced, the disease is a sneaky vision thief. Yet fewer than 10 percent of Americans surveyed know that glaucoma has no warning signs, according to the
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
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.
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.
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