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
Cataracts—clumps of protein that cloud the lenses of your eyes—are the most common cause of vision impairment in older adults; they affect more than 25 million Americans, 61 percent of whom are women.
How Cataracts Form
Cataracts may develop in one or both eyes. The lenses in your eyes are made primarily
If you sometimes have trouble recognizing faces, or you notice that pieces of letters are missing when you read even when you’re wearing glasses, you may have a condition called low vision.
The term “low vision” is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be restored with corrective devices, medical therapy,
For various reasons, your eyes may not provide clear, sharp vision—either near or far. The typical fixes are contact lenses or a pair of glasses (or two) to provide sharp vision at different distances. Most of us do just fine with these conventional corrections for blurry vision. But if you’re
You walk through the airport, luggage in each hand, as you head toward the gate where your flight awaits. You have no problem seeing the arrival times on the digital boards above you, the signs bearing gate numbers, or the person walking 20 feet in front of you. And then
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
Ironically, many of us probably pulled out our reading glasses in order to find the answer to “What is presbyopia?” Presbyopia is the most common vision problem in people 40 and older. It is the inability to focus up close, such as when you are reading, looking at a computer
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
The type of cataract replacement lenses you need after cataract surgery depends largely on your lifestyle and visual requirements. You may also have to weigh the costs of various cataract replacement lenses because the newer “premium” lenses come with higher out-of-pocket expenses.
Remember, during cataract surgery, the lenses of your eyes
Q: A friend told me she read that heartburn medications can cause premature death. I take a proton pump inhibitor for heartburn—should I be worried?
A: A recent study did suggest that people who were taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) had a slightly higher risk of death than people in a