A 2016 study (JAMA Ophthalmology, July) suggests that visual impairment and blindness in the U.S. will double over the next 35 years, as eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy take their toll. Other 2016 research (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May) found that
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If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.
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
An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick
Of the more than 23 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, 7 million don’t even know they have it. Another 79 million adult Americans have pre-diabetes, and the prevalence of both disorders is growing. Unless trends change, 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. will have diabetes by the
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms. Uncontrolled, it can be a very serious problem leading to stroke, heart disease, eye problems and even kidney failure. Estimates show that more than half of people over age 65 have high blood pressure.
You may be resigned to the fact you need reading glasses, and don’t hear as well as you used to—but for many older adults, sensory loss goes beyond these obvious examples. In fact, the first study to measure the full spectrum of age-related damage to all five senses suggests that
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
Among the dangers of hypertension are heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and eye problems. Research also shows that there is a link between hypertension and an increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Computers, televisions, tablets, smart phones, and e-readers have become irreplaceable parts of almost everyone’s daily life, but studies indicate that overexposure to screens on these devices can cause a number of eye problems.