Eye floaters, the spots and strings that drift across the visual field, can range from an annoyance to a downright problem if they interfere with the ability to drive or read. Traditionally, doctors have been hesitant to treat them, as the only option was an invasive and risky procedure called
In a normal eye, light passes through a clear lens to the retina, where it is changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. The eye’s lens is made mostly of water and protein. Some of that protein may clump together and form what’s called a cataract, which
High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
Ask the Doctors: High Blood Pressure & Your Eyes; Retirment & Memory Decline; Ginkgo Biloba & Stroke
Q: Can an eye doctor spot signs of high blood pressure before your usual doctor detects it?
A: Most people with high blood pressure are diagnosed by their general practitioner at a routine health exam. This is one reason why it is important to have an annual wellness visit, since high
An eye examination may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) years or even decades before any clinical symptoms appear, suggests a small study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that people in the preclinical stage of AD had significant
Thanks to the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS and AREDS2), we know that high-dose vitamins for eyesight supplements containing vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, zinc, and the antioxidant beta-carotene helped slow disease progression in people who were at risk for developing advanced age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. We also
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
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of impaired vision in older Americans. It leads to a breakdown and thinning of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye. If not caught early, it can lead to irreversible damage. The good news is that routine eye exams
Can what you eat affect your eyesight? And which foods protect your eyes? Research shows that three particular carotenoids, each of them antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, play a role in good vision: lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin.
Studies verify that astaxanthin protects the eyes against damage and daily wear-and-tear, decreases eye fatigue,
To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right