About 1.8 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that is a major cause of vision loss in the United States. By 2020, that number is expected to climb to nearly 3 million. While it remains unclear what causes AMD, evidence increasingly suggests that poor nutrition may play
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The statistics might surprise you: 1 in 4 people aged 65 and older experience at least one fall each year. It’s thought that around 1 in 5 of these falls results in a serious injury, such as a fracture or head injury. Simple fall prevention tactics, however, can significantly reduce
Light sensitivity or photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. Bothersome light sources may include sunlight and harsh indoor lighting such as fluorescent or incandescent light from old-fashioned bulbs.
Light sensitivity is a common symptom that may be accompanied by headache. In most cases, it’s not due to disease. However,
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
Not all fats are created equal: Saturated vs unsaturated. Essential vs unessential. Healthy vs unhealthy. The hard part is knowing which fats are good for you and which you should avoid. Along those lines, let’s compare omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, with an eye toward balance.
Both omega-6 and
You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably
Falls are prevalent among American seniors, and while most falls don’t cause serious injuries, many do. “Overall, falling can set an older adult on a downward spiral that results in constant pain, loss of independence, increasing frailty, and early mortality,” confirms Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, MD.
A recent meta-analysis
Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti…all classic comfort foods. But these days our hectic schedules don’t often allow us the time to simmer a big pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove to top that pasta. While most jarred pasta sauces can’t beat that homemade goodness, many come close enough
Blurry vision is a classic “nonspecific” symptom that people report to their doctors—like “I feel tired all the time.” Whether it’s blurry seeing or feeling fatigued, the possible reasons are many and occasionally unusual, from poisoning to concussion. Regardless of cause, however, most people just want to know, “Why is
The eye is a complex organ and a lot can go wrong. Age-related eye conditions—macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy—can permanently damage vision and even lead to blindness. They collectively account for most serious vision loss and blindness in older adults. But many common eye diseases and conditions can