4. Not everyone needs a yearly exam. Young healthy people with stable vision may not need a yearly exam. But I would absolutely recommend a yearly exam for anyone over 40 years old or anyone with a family history of any eye disease. However, if you're between 20 and 40 years old, you've never needed glasses and you've had your eyes dilated, you probably can come every other year to make sure your eyes remain healthy.
From the AOA: Vision plays an important role in many aspects of daily life. From morning to night, the eyes are working hard to process information. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) American Eye-Q® survey, 46 percent of consumers indicate eyesight is the sense they worry most about losing. With consumer sentiment [...]
Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowing drug may reduce free radicals and protect the retina from damage.
Just yesterday, I met four different people with the same story. They all told me they had the same pair of contacts in their eyes for the last four months. As an eye doctor, that's a scary thought. Contact lens abuse can lead to permanent vision loss, which makes the risks way too high to [...]
"I'm wearing contacts and I can finally see my iPhone without glasses!" That was an actual Facebook status update from one of my patients in the office the other day. It's pretty cool and gratifying to be able to give vision to people who didn't have it before. It's normal for a 48-year-old to need [...]
It has long been known that Omega-3 fatty acids can help to prevent some forms of blindness – and now researchers have found out exactly how they provide that protection. The findings, published in the February 9th issue of Science Translational Medicine, demonstrate the protective mechanism of Omega-3's. These fatty acids have a direct effect [...]
The CNN (2/4, Henry) "The Chart" blog reported that researchers from the University of Miami say they have "identified a new gene that causes" retinitis pigmentosa. In a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, scientists detailed how "the gene was discovered by studying the genes of the Lidsky family, where three of four [...]
Currently there's a shortage of donor corneas for those that need a transplant. But a new procedure to help restore vision for two different corneal diseases may also address this supply problem. Two specific diseases, keratoconus and Fuch's dystrophy, affect different layers of the the cornea. After the part of the cornea needed to treat [...]
I just read a report out of Glasgow, Scotland saying that playing the bagpipes could lead to blindness. Apparently, blowing too hard into the instrument can increase the pressure in your eyes and possibly lead to Glaucoma. The author of the study, Dr. Gunnar Schmidtmann said that bagpiper players who already have high blood pressure [...]