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As World's Population Ages, Blindness Rates Likely to Grow

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – More than 36 million people worldwide are blind, while 217 million more have moderate to severe vision loss, and experts now report that they expect those numbers to surge. By 2050, the researchers said, the number of blind people is likely to hit 115 million, with 588 million more having limited sight. The burden is greatest in developing nations, according to a study of data from 188 countries. "With the number of people with vision impairment accelerating, we must take action to increase our current treatment efforts at global, regional and country levels," said study lead author Rupert Bourne. He is associate director of the Vision and Eye Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University in Great Britain. The study, published Aug. 2 in The Lancet Global Health journal, found southeast Asia has the most people who are blind. The study added that rates of blindness ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Cataract, Diagnosis and Investigation, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Color Vision Defect (Acquired)

Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age. University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters of cases, compared to one-third of cases among nearly all other specialties. "Lawmakers are currently looking for ways to reduce federal spending for health care, and policies that favor generics over brand medications or allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices may lead to cost savings," said study senior author Lindsey De Lott, of the university's Kellogg Eye Center. "Using a brand medication for a single patient may not seem like a big deal, but ultimately, these higher costs are paid by all of ... Read more

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Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – You might think of eye problems like cataracts as signs of old age, but one step you can take now will protect your vision for the future – and you can do it with style. We're talking about sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from the dangers of UV light the same way your skin does. And just like your skin, it's protection you need every day, not just when you're at the beach. Eye doctors recommend wearing your shades anytime you're outside, although they are extra important in summer and in winter on snowy terrain and at high altitudes. They're also a must any time you're on medication that increases sun sensitivity. Style aside, the most effective are large wraparound sunglasses that absorb 100 percent of UV rays, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For durability and the best visibility, look for scratch-resistant polycarbonate ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Cataract, Sunburn, Sunscreen, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Coppertone, Deeptan

Mission to Mars Would Double Astronauts' Cancer Risk

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates. Scientists said radiation exposure during a long-term deep-space mission would not only affect already damaged cells but also healthy ones nearby, doubling cancer risk. Cosmic rays cause significant cell damage due from exposure to radiation, protons and heavy ions, the authors explained. Previous research has shown the health risks of deep space travel include cancer, cataracts, acute radiation syndromes, and problems with circulation and the central nervous system. Typical risk models, including those used by NASA, assume radiation cancers are caused by DNA damage and mutations. These models, however, are based on much shorter times than a Mars mission would require, researchers noted. "Exploring Mars will require ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Cataract, History - Radiation Therapy

Health Tip: Applying Eye Drops

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Applying eye drops without the excess trickling down your face can be tricky. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology suggests: Wash your hands, then take the bottle of eye drops and slowly rotate it for 30 seconds. Lean your head back and gently pull down the lower eyelid. Use your index finger to pull down the lid, or use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch the lower lid. Taking care to avoid the dropper touching your eye, let one drop fall into the pocket formed in your lower eyelid. If you are supposed to use more than one drop, wait three to four minutes before applying the second one. Close your eyes for a minute, then put gentle pressure over the spot where your eyelid joins with your nose. Replace the cap on the bottle. Use a tissue to wipe away any extra medicine, and wash your hands again. Read more

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Health Tip: Poor Vision in One Eye

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Amblyopia, sometimes called lazy eye, occurs when the brain seems to favor one eye at the expense of the other. This leads to impaired vision in the affected eye. The National Eye Institute mentions these potential causes: A condition that interferes with the eye's ability to focus. Poor alignment between the eyes, medically called strabismus. Cataract in one eye. Nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism in one eye. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Cataract, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Blindness Biggest Fear for Many Americans

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Blindness is what many Americans fear most, a new survey shows. "These findings underscore the importance of good eyesight to most and that having good vision is key to one's overall sense of well-being," said lead researcher Dr. Adrienne Scott and colleagues. Scott is an assistant professor of opthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "The consistency of these findings among the varying ethnic/racial groups underscores the importance of educating the public on eye health and mobilizing public support for vision research," the researchers added in a news release. The nationwide online poll, commissioned by the nonprofit health research group known as Research!America, found that 88 percent of more than 2,000 respondents considered good vision vital to overall health. And 47 percent said losing their sight would have the most ... Read more

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Vision Trouble Can Dim Life's Prospects

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – People with vision problems may face a higher risk of unemployment, poverty and mental health problems, a new British study suggests. "Our focus has mostly been on severe visual loss and treating the eye diseases that cause it," said Mary Frances Cotch, chief of epidemiology at the U.S. National Eye Institute. "This study is saying we probably shouldn't wait until that time since people with mild visual loss are being affected by their condition." The British researchers based their findings on a previous project that examined the health of more than 112,000 volunteers in the United Kingdom. The average age of the volunteers was 57, and 55 percent were female. Less than 1 percent of the participants were blind or had severely limited vision. But 23 percent had limited vision in one or both eyes, often despite having contacts or eyeglasses, according to the ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Cataract, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Myopia, Color Vision Defect (Acquired)

Cornea Transplants Riskier for Women When They Come From Men?

Posted 15 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Women who undergo a cornea transplant may have a worse outcome if their donor is a man, a new study suggests. Subtle differences between men and women may increase the risk of failure or rejection for up to five years, the British researchers found. They noted that matching the gender of cornea donors and recipients could help improve transplant outcomes. The study involved more than 18,100 cornea transplant patients. More than 80 percent still had a working cornea after five years. Of those who had a failed transplant or tissue rejection, more were women who had received a cornea from a male donor. On average, 180 transplants fail for every 1,000 gender-matched procedures, compared with 220 failures among every 1,000 male-to-female transplants, according to the researchers. They said these results were especially evident among patients with Fuchs endothelial ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Eye Conditions, Cataract, Corneal Ulcer, Corneal Abrasion, Ophthalmic Surgery, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Corneal Refractive Surgery

Routine Eye Exams See Vision Problems You Miss

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Routine eye checkups often pick up unnoticed problems, particularly in older adults, a new study says. "In asymptomatic patients, comprehensive routine optometric eye examinations detect a significant number of new eye conditions and/or results in management changes," said the study's author, Elizabeth Irving, and her colleagues from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. More than half of people with no new symptoms or vision problems receive new prescriptions or treatment changes as a result of routine eye exams, the researchers found. The need for vision prescription changes was found for two out of five people, the study noted. Meanwhile, 16 percent were diagnosed with a new eye condition and 31 percent had a change in their ongoing care, researchers found. The study included data on nearly 6,400 patients who visited a university eye clinic over ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Losing Your Vision?

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Some age-related vision loss is common. But because it tends to happen gradually, you may not be aware that your sight is ebbing. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these signs of worsening vision: Difficulty reading your mail, or paying your bills. Trouble seeing the television. Problems signing your name. Having a hard time seeing well enough to walk up and down stairs. Squinting frequently. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Visual Defect/Disturbance, Myopia, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Color Vision Defect (Acquired)

Americans Living Longer and Better

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – Americans aren't just living longer, they're living more years without disabilities, too, a new study shows. Harvard University researchers reviewed federal government data. They found that in 1992, life expectancy for the average 65-year-old was 17.5 additional years, 8.9 of which were disability-free. By 2008, life expectancy for someone age 65 was an additional 18.8 years, 10.7 of which were disability-free. "This suggests, for the typical person, there really is an act beyond work – that once you reach age 65, you can likely look forward to years of healthy activity," said study co-author David Cutler, a professor of applied economics at Harvard. "So this is good news for the vast bulk of people who can now look forward to healthier, disability-free life, but it's also good news for medical care because it demonstrates the value of medical spending," he ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Cataract, Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Ischemic Heart Disease

Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

Posted 29 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation, a new French study suggests. "Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anaesthesia," said lead researcher Dr. Gilles Guerrier, from Cochin University Hospital in Paris. The study included 62 people who had outpatient cataract surgery while awake and under local anesthesia. The surgery lasted an average of 15 minutes. Some patients listened to relaxing music through headphones for about 15 minutes before their surgery, while others did not. Those who listened to music could choose from 16 styles, such as jazz, flamenco, Cuban, classical and piano. Compared with those who did not listen to music, patients in the music group had much lower ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Eye Conditions, Cataract, Ophthalmic Surgery, Myopia, Ophthalmic Surgical Staining, Corneal Refractive Surgery

Health Tip: Help Protect Your Vision

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- You pay regular visits to your family doctor and dentist, so why not your eye doctor? Regular eye exams can prevent or spot serious problems that could lead to impaired sight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests seeing an eye doctor promptly if you have: Difficulty seeing properly, including double vision. Redness of your eye, draining or eye pain. Floaters, small specks that seem to "float" in front of your eyes. Diabetes. Halos that appear to surround lights. Visions that appear to resemble flashes of light. Read more

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25 Million Americans Will Struggle With Vision Problems by 2050

Posted 19 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – As baby boomers age, the number of Americans with vision problems and blindness is expected to double over the next three decades, a new study suggests. In 2015, slightly more than 12 million Americans had a vision problem. But by 2050, that number will rise to 25 million, the researchers predicted. "This study gives us a GPS for our nation's future eye health," said lead researcher Dr. Rohit Varma, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "Our group and others have shown in previous studies that those who suffer from vision loss not only have a decreased quality of life but can also experience both physical and mental health decline, including an increased risk for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, depression and even death," he said. The economic burden from vision loss and eye ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block, Aphakia, Pseudophakia

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