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Focus on the Aging Eye

It's normal for our eyes to change with age. The lens of the eye hardens and its muscles become stiffer, making it difficult to read small type or focus in dim light. Luckily, many age-related changes, called refractive errors, can be easily corrected. Advancing age also puts you at risk for more serious eye diseases, as do chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders can help slow their progression and sometimes prevent serious vision loss. More...

PVD and the Aging Eyeball

Even eyeballs age. As you edge over 40, the vitreous -- the clear gel-like substance inside your eyes -- begins to liquefy and shrink. Within the gel are millions of fibers attached to the retina, the light-sensitive nerve tissue lining the interior of the eye. As the gel shrinks, the fibers break, allowing the vitreous to peel away from the retina, a process called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). This event occurs in everyone as they get older. More...

Eye Care Advice from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

How can you be sure about choosing the best care for your eyes? When it comes to eye care, it's important to discuss your medical options with your ophthalmologist. That said, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) offers the following advice about some common tests and treatments. More...

A Look at the Future: Microstents

Perhaps the most difficult part of becoming a glaucoma patient is the prospect of a lifetime of taking eyedrops. If a new class of surgeries continues to perform well in clinical trials, however, some glaucoma patients may be able to abandon their medications more frequently when they have cataract surgery, or even undergo surgery as their first treatment. More...

Light Eyes, Meds and Sun: A Bad Mix

Many people know that exposing unprotected eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun (such as by not wearing sunglasses) over time can cause vision damage. But did you know that having light-colored eyes or taking certain drugs can make you even more vulnerable to future eye diseases? More than half of American adults don't, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). … More...

Vision Loss Increases Health Risks

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-limiting eye disease. While it's well recognized that vision problems increase with advancing age, it is less known that vision loss is associated with a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions, falls, injuries, depression and social isolation. More...

Protective Sunglasses: What to Look For

The right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV) and high-energy visible (HEV) light -- light from the blue part of the spectrum, implicated in cataracts and retina damage. More...

Cataract Surgery: Things You Might See, Hear or Feel

Advances in cataract surgery have made it faster and safer than before, yet anxiety levels among people anticipating the surgery are as high as ever. In large part, this is because the procedure uses local anesthesia, which means you remain awake for the surgery. More...

New Vision-Monitoring App: How Does It Work?

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved myVisionTrack test for patients with degenerative eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy and AMD, to allow them to monitor their vision regularly at home. The app tracks results and can automatically alert a physician if a significant change has occurred, enabling the physician to respond quickly with an appropriate therapy. More...

How Does Glaucoma Affect Reading Ability?

Almost half of people with glaucoma report difficulty reading, but the medical literature describing reading ability in glaucoma is limited and often contradictory. Studies of out-loud reading speed -- the typical way reading ability is measured -- suggest that significant deficits are present only in people with advanced bilateral glaucoma. More...

Good News on the IOL Front

If you have astigmatism and need cataract surgery, you’ll be happy to know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an intraocular lens (IOL) designed for you. More...

Cataract Surgery: One Eye or Two?

For people with cataracts in both eyes, unilateral cataract surgery (surgery in one eye) improves visual functioning. However, the greatest improvement is found in those who undergo second-eye cataract surgery, according to a recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology (Volume 120(5), page 949). More...

Low-Vision Aids: Focus on the E-Reader

Having your eyesight diminish because of age-related macular degeneration or another vision disorder can be devastating. But help is available from vision rehabilitation specialists who can teach you new ways to complete day-to-day tasks, often with the aid of low-vision devices. More...

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