Vision Articles

Are you wearing the correct eyeglass prescription?

Conditions like farsightedness, cataracts, and macular degeneration can affect vision with age. It's important for women to see their eye doctor for regular visits and to make sure they leave with the right eyeglass or contact lens prescription. (Locked) More »

Why does my eyelid twitch?

Involuntary eyelid twitching is usually harmless and brought on by stress, lack of sleep, and caffeine. Twitching that involves both the eye and the lower face together may indicate a neurologic condition such as multiple sclerosis. (Locked) More »

Could cataract surgery extend your life?

People who underwent cataract surgery were more likely to be alive 10 years later, compared with those who continued to have vision problems. It’s possible that this surgery may improve physical and emotional well-being, contributing to the longer life span. (Locked) More »

Eating for good vision

Carrots aren’t the only food that can improve eye health and protect against the development of age-related vision diseases. Foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids are also important for preserving eye health. For people with intermediate or advanced age-related macular degeneration, a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper can slow the progression of the disease. (Locked) More »

The glaucoma you may be missing

Increased eye pressure isn’t always an accurate way to detect glaucoma. Sometimes you can have normal eye pressure and still have the condition. That’s called normal-tension glaucoma (NTG). Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve. That often results when pressure gets too high because of fluid buildup inside the eye. But nerve damage may occur without high pressure or fluid buildup, although doctors aren’t sure why. NTG is treated the same way as regular glaucoma: by trying to lower eye pressure using eye drops, laser therapy, or surgery. (Locked) More »

Dry eyes? Finding the right lubricating drops is essential

Lubricating drops can ease the aggravation of dry eyes. An eye exam can pinpoint the cause of dry eyes and what kind of drop is needed. Daily gentle cleaning of the eyelid edges may be needed for dry eyes associated with inflamed and clogged oil glands under the eyelids. Avoid fans that blow air across the eyes, and use a humidifier if your home or sleeping environment is dry. If lubricating drops, gels, or ointments don’t relieve dry eyes, additional steps, such as a medication or procedures to increase moisture in the eyes, may be needed. (Locked) More »

Stay driving to stay independent

Aging brings physical changes that can jeopardize driving skills. Changes in eyesight may make it harder to see at night and read traffic signs. Hearing loss can mask outside noise such as sirens and horns. Chronic physical challenges such as arthritis pain may cause difficulty gripping a steering wheel, turning to look for traffic, or pressing the brakes. Problems with thinking skills can cause drivers to get lost or become confused in high traffic. It’s important to address potential driving issues as soon as possible to stay safe on the road. More »

Top foods to help protect your vision

Certain vitamins and minerals found in food may play a role in preventing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. These include the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; the antioxidant mineral zinc; the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin; and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Lutein and zeaxanthin are in most fruits and vegetables, especially yellow and orange fruits and vegetables and leafy greens. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in coldwater fish, flaxseed, and walnuts. Good sources of zinc include red meat and shellfish. Vitamins A, C, and E are in many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. More »

Specks in your vision can signal serious eye conditions

The tiny specks or “floaters” that drift across one’s field of vision are usually harmless and often disappear or become less noticeable on their own. They are pieces of debris from the vitreous that block the light shining onto the retina. If the vitreous detaches, it may cause a retinal tear or detachment, which can lead to vision loss. Symptoms of a retinal tear or detachment include a sudden shower of floaters and also the sense of flashing lights. It requires immediate attention. The fix is usually laser surgery. (Locked) More »