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
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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
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) causes damage to the optic nerve, resulting in impaired vision. Glaucoma accounts for as much as 12 percent of all cases of blindness in the U.S., and it is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans, according to
Seeing your primary care provider on at least an annual basis allows him or her to help keep tabs on your overall physical health. If you have chronic medical problems, however, the visits with your provider can sometimes be dominated by focusing on the management of those problems.
Have you experienced cataract symptoms? Typically, they involve cloudy spots that form on the eye’s clear lens. The spots consist of protein and water; as you age, the proteins clump together, causing the lens to cloud and turn yellow.
While cataracts may not show up in younger people, the process in
If you have glaucoma, being diagnosed when the condition is in its early stages is very important, because, although treatment may be able to save existing vision, it cannot restore vision that has already been lost. As many as two million Americans may have glaucoma but be unaware they have
Eye infections occur in different parts of the eye and can affect one eye or both. Bacteria, fungi, or viruses are the most common sources. They can originate from exposure to chemical, fumes, or smoke. Allergies also can cause infection as can an injury that may have caused the eye
Advancing age tends to make almost every part of the body a bit weaker and slower. Unfortunately your eyes are no exception. Aging can affect the shape of the eye and/or the functionality of its components. Refractive errors occur when the anatomy, or shape, of the eye prevents light from
As many as four million Americans have glaucoma, a disease that can lead to blindness if untreated—but half of them don’t know they have it, since there are rarely any warning signs. The good news is that glaucoma can be detected during a routine eye exam.
“By definition, glaucoma is caused
In the past, LASIK was the go-to procedure to eliminate the need for glasses. “While LASIK continues to be the procedure of choice for younger people, lens replacement surgery (LRS) using laser technology may make the most sense for older adults,” says Rex Hamilton, MD, medical director of the UCLA