The prevalence of cataracts, a condition where the lens inside the eyes becomes cloudy, is relatively high amongst senior American citizens. According to the National Eye Institution (NEI), approximately 68.3% of Americans over the age of 80 had cataracts in 2010. Fortunately, modern day cataract surgery is generally quite safe and effective, as the procedure produces excellent outcomes and can almost completely restore one's visual acuity. Once the clouded lenses are removed, the surgeon will replace it with an artificial intraocular lens.
Protecting your eyesight is critical to having the best quality of life possible for as long as possible. Eye disease is a common problem that negatively affects this quality of life, especially as you get older. According to the CDC, over 3 million Americans over the age of 40 are either blind or visually impaired. Luckily, there are proactive steps you can take to help protect your eyesight for many years to come.
There are certain risks associated with Halloween. As children don their costumes and knock on door after door, most parents are concerned with the possibility that their children's collected candy may have been tampered with, or that they aren't wearing enough reflective gear to warn motorists of their presence. What most parents don't take into consideration, however, is how their children's eyes will be affected while they're out trick-or-treating. Read on for 3 very real eye health risks associated with Halloween and how to protect your child from them.
Glaucoma is sometimes thought of as one disease, but the term refers to a group of eye disorders. What these disorders have in common is that they damage the optic nerve in the back of the eye. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a particularly serious type of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma. Here are four things you need to know about this condition.
What is open-angle glaucoma?
Open-angle glaucoma, also called primary or chronic glaucoma, is the most common type of the disease.
We've all heard the term 20/20 vision. The phrase 20/20 is used as a figure of speech in everyday conversation as well. But if your eye doctor tells you your vision is 20/20, will you know what that means?
Behold the Snellen chart
Visual acuity is most often measured using a Snellen chart. This is the familiar chart using letters of progressively smaller size you see in every eye doctor's office.