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Could Cataract Surgery Lengthen Older Women's Lives?

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Women who undergo cataract surgery may get an unexpected dividend: longer life. That's the finding from a new study of more than 74,000 U.S. women aged 65 or older, including nearly 42,000 who'd had the eye procedure. According to the study, having had cataract surgery was associated with a 60 percent reduced risk of early death from all causes, and a 37 to 69 percent reduced risk of death due to accidents, lung and heart diseases, cancer, infectious diseases and neurological disorders. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect – maybe women who opt for cataract surgery simply take better care of themselves, although the researchers did factor in lifestyle issues such as obesity and exercise. And prior research has suggested that a lower risk of premature death after cataract surgery may be due to improvements in overall health and in day-to-day functioning, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Eyes Healthier

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As you grow older, your eyes are more prone to diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to keep your eyes healthier: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and a don a hat with a wide brim when you are outside. Stop smoking. Eat eye-healthy foods. Maintain ahealthy weight and get enough exercise. Strive for normalblood pressure. If you have diabetes, keep it under control. Prevent eye strain by looking away from your computer every 20 minutes. 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

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