Care For Your Eyes As You Age

Care For Your Eyes As You Age

Care For Your Eyes As You Age The baby boomer generation makes up an estimated 76 million people - roughly one-fourth of the U.S. population. This means that either you or someone you love is part of this aging group. According to Eye on the Boomer, a recent survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, almost as many baby boomers say they worry about losing their vision as those that say they worry about having heart disease or cancer. What's more, 78 percent of those surveyed ranked vision as the most important of the five senses. Yet, more than half of

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Treatment Options for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

More than 15 million older adults in America are affected by some form of macular degeneration, a progressive disease which can lead to severe vision loss in the most advanced form, end-stage AMD. There are two main types of AMD: Wet and Dry, and treatment options vary. Early stage AMD – Currently, there is no treatment, but AMD should be monitored annually by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).Also, there are many service providers who can educate AMD patients and their caregivers about vision assistive devices such as reading glasses with high-powered lenses, video magnifiers, computer aids and many more. Ask your physician

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Americans Unaware of Blindness Leading Cause

age-related macular degeneration

Americans Unaware of Blindness Leading Cause When evaluating the blindness epidemic in America, experts project age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will affect an estimated 20 million people in the United States by the year 2020. Yet, new national survey results reveal that 3 out of 4 Americans don’t know that AMD is in fact, the leading cause of blindness despite more than 40% of older Americans either have it or knowing someone with this disease for which there is no cure. The top survey choice selected was, incorrectly, glaucoma. Americans Unaware of Blindness Leading Cause The survey results highlight the need to educate older

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End Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration

End Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration

End Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration Supporting and caring for someone with the end-stage age-related macular degeneration is a tough job. We don’t realize how much we rely on our vision until it starts to diminish. People living with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reportedly experience increased depression and stress.   It’s important to provide both practical and emotional support as the disease progresses. Simultaneously, make sure to take care of yourself.  Even the most devoted caregiver needs a break to feel refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge. The good news is that treatment for AMD can slow

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Caring for the AMD patient

Caring for the AMD patient

Caring for the AMD patient As we age, many of us will start noticing changes in our vision as we reach for reading glasses more frequently and need regular eye exams to update our existing prescriptions. But many older adults find their vision is further impeded by the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can blind people in their straight-ahead (central) vision. Tasks that used to be simple, like selecting the right cereal brand or recognizing the face of a neighbor, become increasingly challenging as the disease progresses. As AMD worsens, the need for caregiving goes up. According to

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Diet Rich in Nutrients Promotes a Lifetime of Healthy Vision

From dry eye to age-related eye diseases, research shows that nutrition plays a critical role in maintaining the health of our eyes. Caring for eyes includes looking carefully at what you eat. Diet Rich in Nutrients Promotes a Lifetime of Healthy Vision Thirty million (or one out of four) Americans age 40 and older suffer from some level of vision loss. Yet only 30 percent of Americans indicate they incorporate specific foods or supplements into their diet to help improve eye health and vision, according to the American Optometric Association's American Eye-Q survey, which assesses public knowledge and understanding of

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What is CentraSight® and the Telescope Implant?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the retina. End-Stage AMD is the most advanced form of the disease and the leading cause of irreversible central vision loss and legal blindness in individuals over the age of 60. This blind spot is different than the visual disturbances experienced with cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens) and is not correctable by cataract surgery or eyeglasses. Side vision, or peripheral vision, is not affected by AMD, but is too low resolution to make up for lost central vision. At this time, there is no cure for End-Stage AMD and no way

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