Tag: ophthalmology

Many Diabetes Patients Unaware of Possible Vision Loss

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

Regular Eye Exams are Key for Preventing Vision Loss from AMD

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

Is it Time to Consider Cataract Surgery?

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

Correct Uneven Vision and Reduce Risk of Falls and Injuries

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

What Is Astigmatism and Why Does it Make Your Vision Blurry?

What Is Astigmatism and Why Does it Make Your Vision Blurry?

Astigmatism, for a relatively common eye condition, is not an especially well-understood term. Simply put, it’s a condition that results when your cornea is irregularly shaped.

Because of this condition, light can’t focus on the retina in the back of the eye, making it harder for you to focus on

Newsbriefs: Protein; Med Diet; Diabetes

Too Much Protein May Impact Insulin Sensitivity.
If you’re trying to lose weight, eating too much protein may reduce your insulin sensitivity, contrary to improving it, a common side effect of weight loss. In one study, women who ate less protein than the other group had a 25 to 30 percent

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

There was a time when eyecare specialists could do nothing to stop the advance of age-related macular degeneration. Advances in medical therapy offer the potential of halting the vision loss associated with age-related macular degeneration and, in some instances, restoring lost vision. But what is age-related macular degeneration, and what

Catch Glaucoma Before Symptoms Show to Slow Disease Progression

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

17 New Year’s Resolution Ideas: Think “Healthy”

17 New Year’s Resolution Ideas: Think “Healthy”

It’s a tradition when it comes to any New Year’s Resolution: Ideas center on self-improvement—and often in the area of health. And why not? For some, buying a new car or traveling to an exotic locale might come first. But without our health, those fancy material possessions and adventurous trips

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