Vision Articles

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 »

Inflammation linked to vision loss

Inflammation may predict a person's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. People who are concerned about this risk can help lower inflammation levels with weight loss and exercise. (Locked) More »

Long-term aspirin use linked to vision loss

Regular aspirin use may slightly increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes vision loss in the macula, the part of the eye that controls central vision. But that should not stop the use of aspirin for heart disease. (Locked) More »