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5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

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FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Your risk of vision problems increases with age, but there are things you can do to protect your sight, eye doctors say. By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. But early treatment of many of these conditions can slow or halt vision loss, or even restore normal vision, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To help save your ...

Health Tip: Treating a Black Eye

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago by

-- Black eyes are common among kids who play sports. Most cases can be treated with self-care at home. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests how to safely treat a black eye: Use an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, once every hour, to reduce swelling and ease pain. Use a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes wrapped in cloth if an ice pack is not available. Do not use raw meat on a ...

Sun's UV Rays a Threat to Your Eyes, Too

Posted 15 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – It's not just your skin that needs protection from ultraviolet rays, health experts warn. UV rays from the sun can cause corneal sunburn (photokeratitis) and UV damage that has been linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, cancer and pterygium (a growth on the white part of the eye), according to Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety group. The group has ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Sports

Posted 1 May 2018 by

-- Eye injuries are a leading cause of childhood blindness in the United States, the U.S. National Eye Institute says. Baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, squash, fencing, racquetball and lacrosse are just some of the high-risk sports for eye injuries, the institute says. It offers this additional advice about protective eyewear: Prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses do not ...

After Age 50, Yearly Eye Checks May Catch Common Cause of Vision Loss

Posted 29 Apr 2018 by

SATURDAY, April 28, 2018 – As the U.S. population ages, vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration is likely to increase, an ophthalmologist says. Adults over 50 should get an annual test for the condition, said Dr. Ingrid Scott, a professor of ophthalmology at Penn State College of Medicine. Blurry or distorted vision could be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, not just ...

A Bit of Dark Chocolate Might Sweeten Your Vision

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – It may not replace prescription glasses, but a few bites of dark chocolate might offer a slight and temporary bump up in vision quality, new research suggests. Heart-healthy compounds in chocolate called flavanols appeared to sharpen eyesight for a group of 30 healthy young adults in the new study. The observed change in vision was small, but significant. However, the ...

Healthy Diet, Healthy Eyes

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 20, 2018 – Healthy eating may help preserve your vision as you age, eye experts say. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the macula (a small area near the center of the retina, located on the inside back layer of the eye), leading to a decline in central vision. There is no cure for AMD, which affects about 10 million Americans. It's the leading cause of vision loss in ...

FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 – Artificial intelligence software that can detect diabetes-related damage to the retina – called diabetic retinopathy – has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient's retinas taken with a special camera. The digital images are uploaded to a cloud server on which IDx-DR software is installed. The software ...

FDA Approves Contact Lenses That Shade the Sun

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – The lives of contact lens wearers just got a whole lot easier. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first contact lenses that can act like sunglasses. A special additive automatically darkens the lenses when exposed to bright light, while they become clear again in normal or dark lighting conditions. "This contact lens is the first of its kind ...

First Auto-Darken Contact Lenses Approved

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first contact lenses that automatically darken in bright light, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. The technology, used for years in eyeglasses, stems from an additive that's added to the lenses, which then react to the sun's ultraviolet rays. The Acuvue Oasys lenses return to their normal tint when the user ...

New Hope Against Inherited Eye Disease That Brings a Colorless World

Posted 6 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 – Imagine a world in black and white. That's the plight of people with an extremely rare condition called blue cone monochromacy, an inherited eye disease that renders people unable to see color. But there's a glimmer of hope for the one in every 100,000 people with the condition: Scientists report that gene therapy improved color vision in mice with the disease. Blue cone ...

Seeing Clearly

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Many people don't think twice about their vision until there's a problem, but seeing an eye doctor should definitely be on your wellness radar at different stages of life. Newborns should get a standard reflex test. If a baby is premature or at high risk for vision problems, schedule an exam with an eye specialist. Pediatricians should check eye health as part of ...

Stem Cell Transplant Successful in Macular Degeneration Patients: Study

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by

Stem cell therapy restored some vision to two patients with a common cause of blindness called age-related macular degeneration, U.K. doctors say. Stem cells from a human embryo were converted into a patch of a specific type of eye cell and grown in the lab. The patch was then inserted into the back of one eye in each patient, BBC News reported. The operations on a woman in her sixties and an ...

If the Eyes Don't Coordinate, Reading -- and Grades -- May Suffer

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests. That could be the case even if standard eye tests reveal no problems, the researchers said. "It's not just about visual acuity, but about how well the eyes work together when performing an activity such as reading," said lead researcher Lisa Christian. She's an ...

Health Tip: Use Contact Lenses Safely

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

-- Don't like eyeglasses? Contact lenses may be your best choice. The American Optometric Association offers these safety suggestions for people who wear contacts: Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before handling contact lenses. Carefully and regularly clean contacts, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the lenses with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking them overnight in ...

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