Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat

6. Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the blood vessels in the retina. Between 40 and 45 percent of adult diabetics suffer from diabetic retinopathy, a disease that can lead to blindness, although the National Eye Institute estimates roughly half of these individuals are unaware of their diagnosis. The CDC predicts … Read More

5. Glaucoma Arrives Without Warning

Glaucoma is a silent killer of eyesight. Affecting over 3 million Americans, this irreversible condition is the second leading cause of blindness globally, after cataracts. If glaucoma is diagnosed early enough, doctors may be able to control it, or at least slow its progression. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, … Read More

4. Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can cause serious vision problems for older adults. According to a Cochrane Systematic Review, AMD “is the most common cause of uncorrectable severe vision loss in people ages 55 years and older in the developed world.” In the United States, nearly 1.8 million Americans over age … Read More

3. Cataracts: A Cloudy Issue

The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that over 24.4 million Americans ages 40 and older have cataracts. The likelihood of experiencing cataracts rises with your age. More than half of people ages 75 and over have cataracts. Cataracts are not the same in every person and can occur in different … Read More

2. How Aging Affects the Eye

French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ (1881–1955) once said, “Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.” Your eyesight is part of that penalty, it seems, as even those blessed with perfect vision in their youth will likely begin to hold reading material just … Read More

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