Articles on Eye Disorders

Eye conditions may affect the eyelids, eyelashes, iris, pupil, lens and the sclera. There are also nerves, muscles and blood vessels that may be affected by a condition.  Most people experience temporary eye problems from time to time, including itching, blurriness or fatigue.  These conditions often are short-lived and resolve on their own with no further complications.  However, sudden eye problems and those that last for more than a couple of days could be signs of a serious condition and should be checked by a doctor.

Some common conditions that can affect the eye include astigmatism, glaucoma, retinopathy and cataracts.  The most common cause of vision loss in people over 50 is age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  AMD is caused by hardening of the arteries of the retina.  This deprives the retinal tissue of the oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function.  As a result, the central vision deteriorates.

The following lifestyle changes can help keep your eyes in good health, and perhaps identify problems early — schedule regular checkups, do daily eye exercises, take a multi-vitamin, eat more dark green leafy vegetables, wear sunglasses with UV protection, quit smoking and exercise regularly.
 

 

03/29/2010 - Articles

Diabetic retinopathy affects over 5 million Americans

Diabetic retinopathy is the abnormal growth of tiny blood vessels on the surface of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye. As the name suggests, diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and it will affect nearly 60% of patients with the condition. According to Thomas C. Lee, director of the Retina Institute in The Vision Center at the Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, there are 5.3 million adults in the United States who have diabetic retinopathy at the moment. And 24,000 of them will lose their sight because of diabetic retinopathy. Read more

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02/12/2010 - Articles

AMD risk made worse by smoking

AMD (age-related macular degeneration) causes progressive damage to the central part of the retina known as the macula. This is the part of the eye that enables us to see fine detail and AMD leads to darkness or blurring in central vision. AMD impairs your ability to read, drive and recognize faces and it is the leading cause of blindness for Americans aged over 65. We know that age is the strongest risk factor for AMD, followed by smoking. A team at the University of California, Los Angeles, set out to determine whether age is an influence on smoking as an AMD risk factor. Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - An Overview

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50 years old in the Western world. Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Antioxidants may keep eyes healthy

Many seniors believe that poor eyesight due to cataracts or age-related macular degeneration is an inevitable part of aging, but scientists think that substances in certain vegetables may reduce th Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Lowering Your Risk of AMD

After showing that antioxidant supplements can slow the progress of AMD (age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness), researchers have now studied whether increasing antioxidants Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Glaucoma may affect reading

Glaucoma has an adverse effect on reading ability, according to a new study. However, reading speed also depends upon race and upon level of education. Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Diabetes increases risk of eye problems

People with diabetes are known to be at risk of retinopathy. A new study shows they are also more likely to have eye disease of any kind. Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Fish consumption could protect your eyesight

Eating fish regularly could protect you from age-related macular degeneration. A review shows that the risk is reduced by 38 percent among those with a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which occur in fish. Read more

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12/21/2009 - Articles

Dry eye can be helped with new hyaluronic acid product

Dry eye is a term used to describe a variety of eye conditions where there is either not enough production of tears or too much loss of tears from evaporation. Dry eye can cause damage to the surface of the eye and is associated with symptoms of eye discomfort. Dry eye becomes more common with age and affects 15-33% of those over 65. Women are affected more than men by dry eyes. Read more

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11/18/2009 - Articles
Parkinson's and Vision Issues: Vision Problems in Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's and Vision Issues: Vision Problems in Parkinson's Disease

Eye problems are not uncommon in people suffering from Parkinson's disease. In such cases it's important to recognize that Parkinson's may be responsible, in order to prevent unnecessary surgery and obtain the most appropriate treatment. Read more

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