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Vision Is Vulnerable With Age: Here's What to Look For

Routine eye checks can help ensure seniors know if they're developing any age-related vision issues.

An expert from Baylor College of Medicine spells out what seniors need to know.

"Don't blame vision issues on just aging eyes. Get your eyes checked out because it can be a more serious issue that can be treated," said

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  • November 6, 2022
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  • Almost 20 Million Older Americans Live With Sight-Robbing Macular Degeneration

    FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests more Americans than ever are struggling with their sight as they get older, researchers report that nearly 20 million adults have age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

    Broken down, about 18.3 million people aged 40 and up had an early stage of the condition in 2019, while almost 1.5 million people ha...

    Bad Sleep Might Raise Your Odds for Glaucoma

    Poor sleep may be linked to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, new research suggests.

    The study drew on a database of more than 400,000 people to explore links between sleep and vision loss.

    Glaucoma is marked by progressive loss of light-sensitive cells in the eye and optic nerve dama...

    Not Just for Glasses: Eye Exams Could Save Your Life

    Eyes may be your window to good health.

    Patient Barbara Krupar, a 65-year-old Ohio retiree, learned this firsthand.

    Krupar made an appointment with her ophthalmologist after experiencing disturbing vision changes.

    Dr. Nicole Bajic detected possible early warning signs of a stroke. She advised Krupar to go to the emergency room immediately to have her head and neck imaged.

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    Gene Therapy Helps Those With Rare Form of Blindness See Better at Night

    An experimental gene therapy offers hope for rapid improvement in the night vision of adults who have a congenital form of childhood-onset blindness, researchers report.

    In this ongoing clinical trial at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in Phi...

    Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

    Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

    That's the conclusion of researchers in Taiwan who tracked health data of more than 1.2 million children. The kids were examined at age ...

    Half of Cases of Childhood Blindness in U.S. Didn't Have to Happen

    More than half of sightless children in the United States did not have to lose their vision, according to a new study.

    The findings suggest the need to prioritize addressing preventable vision loss in all children in America, said study co-author Dr. Scott Lambert, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University in California.

    He recalled the story of a child diagnosed with cat...

    Eye Strain at Work? Try the 20-20-20 Rule for Relief

    Staring at a computer screen endlessly can lead to dry, irritated, tired eyes and headaches.

    But there's a quick fix.

    Just look away from the screen every 20 minutes. Do this for at least 20 seconds, and look about 20 feet in the distance.

    Experts have suggested the 20-20-20 rule for a long time. No...

    Reusing Contact Lenses Raises Odds for Rare Eye Infection

    Although wearing reusable contact lenses is generally safe, it can be associated with a greater risk of a rare eye infection, new British research shows.

    In the study, people who wore reusable contact lenses were nearly four times more likely to develop the infection called Acant...

    Vision Damage May Begin Long Before Type 2 Diabetes Is Diagnosed

    Nerve damage is a common side effect of type 2 diabetes and it might start in the eyes long before the condition is ever diagnosed, new research suggests.

    In this study, scientists used neuropathy, or nerve damage, in the eye's cornea as a proxy for the damage to nerves throughout the body.

    The study included nearly...

    Take Care When Handling, Storing Your Contact Lenses

    Contact lenses can be indispensable for those with poor vision, but if they aren't properly cleaned and stored you run the risk of serious eye infections, experts say.

    Up to one out of every 500 contact lens wearers get such

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  • September 20, 2022
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  • 8/12 -- Bioengineered Pig Skin Is Turned Into Corneas, Restoring Patients' Sight

    Farmyard pigs could be the key to restoring sight in people who have lost their vision due to a damaged cornea, a new study reports.

    Collagen drawn from pig's skin is being used to create an experimental implant that mimics the human cornea, the outermost transparent layer of the eye.

    In a

    B 8/9 -- Ashton Kutcher 'Lucky to Be Alive' After Battle With Vasculitis

    TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) --- Actor Ashton Kutcher is opening up about dealing with a rare condition called vasculitis that for a time left him seriously disabled.

    In an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge,” airing Aug. 14 on National Geographic channel, Kutcher, 44, reveals that “two years ago I had this rare, super rare, form of

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  • August 9, 2022
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  • Black Patients More Likely to Lose Vision After Glaucoma Diagnosis

    Black patients should start screening early for glaucoma, because they have a high risk of vision loss caused by elevated pressure levels inside the eye, researchers say.

    A team from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai found that African heritage was an independent risk factor for

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • July 26, 2022
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  • Paintball Guns Are Being Used to Harm - And Blinding Victims

    When a paintball bursts out of a CO2-powered gun, it can travel nearly 300 feet per second.

    Pointed in the direction of a face, that paintball - meant to be used in certain jobs or for entertainment while wearing protective gear - can cause devastating injury to the eye, including ruptur...

    Half of Parents Don't Realize Impact of Screens on Kids' Vision

    Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids' eyes from overexposure to electronic screens, a new nationwide poll shows.

    One in 7 respondents said their 3- to 18-year-olds haven't had a vision test in two years. Yet half of respondents acknowledged that screen time has a big imp...

    'Stepped' Approach to Treating Diabetic Eye Disease May Be Best

    An off-brand medication for diabetic macular edema might prove just as effective in early treatment as its more expensive alternative, potentially saving patients thousands of dollars, new research suggests.

    The vision condition is a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes, which can damage bl...

    Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

    Untreated vision loss may put an older adult at an increased risk for dementia, though it's not clear why, according to a new study.

    Researchers found that the likelihood of having some form of cognitive impairment was 137% higher in seniors who had trouble seeing than in those without vision issues. Cognitive impairment is a general term for problems with thinking and memory.

    "Alt...

    Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

    Poor eyesight makes it harder to read and easier to trip. But it can also lead to a misdiagnosis of mild mental decline in older people, according to a new, small study.

    That can happen if someone's thinking abilities are assessed using vision-dependent tests, researchers explained.

    They noted that as many as 1 in 4 people older than 50 have undiagnosed vision problems such as

    Threatening Eye Condition Rare After COVID Infection

    As doctors learn more about COVID-19 infection, they are finding that in rare cases, it appears tied to a disturbing eye condition.

    Retinal vein occlusion is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina, which cau...

    Could Viagra, Cialis Raise Men's Odds for Eye Trouble?

    Men, you may be thinking mostly about your performance in the bedroom when you take drugs like Viagra and Cialis, but you might want to be on the lookout for vision problems that can crop up once you start taking them.

    In a new study, taking erectile dys...

    When Diabetes Strikes, Eye Exams Can Save Your Sight

    Could an annual eye exam save your sight if you have diabetes? Most definitely, one vision expert says.

    "Diabetes is known to alter the health of the blood vessels in the retina and these vascular changes do not cause symptom...

    Could Depression Make Dry Eye Worse?

    When people have both chronic dry eye and depression, their eye symptoms may be worse, a new study finds.

    Researchers said the exact nature of the link is not clear: Does depression affect the severity of dry eye disease? Or do particularly troublesome eye symptoms feed ...

    Lifestyle Factors Key to Keeping Good Vision With Age

    Keeping your drinking and your weight in check can help protect your sight as you age, experts say.

    Moderate to heavy drinking is associated with a higher risk of a sight-threatening condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A poor diet and excess weight can also influence your odds for AMD, the most common cause of blindness in Americans older than 50.

    "We alrea...

    Exercise Might Help Relieve 'Dry Eye'

    Got dry, itchy eyes?

    Working out might help, a new study suggests.

    "Instead of having to use eye drops or other alternative treatments, our study aimed to determine if remaining physically active can be an effective preventative measure against dryness," said study co-author Heinz ...

    Macular Degeneration Can Rob You of Sight: Know the Signs

    Early diagnosis and care can often stop the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) says.

    As part of AMD Awareness Month in February, the society urges people to pay attention to their vision and learn more about AMD.

    Age is the main risk factor for

    Some Patients With Macular Degeneration Could Stop Monthly Eye Injections

    Injection medications can save the vision of older people with macular degeneration, but the ongoing regimen is taxing. Now a preliminary study raises the possibility that some patients can safely be "weaned off" the treatment.

    Researchers found that of just over 100 patients they treated with the eye injections, nearly one-third were able to "pause" the therapy within the first year. And...

    Want to Avoid Glaucoma? Look at What You Eat

    Eat right to protect your sight.

    That's the advice of the Glaucoma Research Foundation, which offers its recipe for healthier eyes.

    Glaucoma is group of eye diseases that cause progressive vision loss through damage to the optic nerve. It is the second-leading cause o...

    Risk of Vision Trouble Rises in Children With Type 2 Diabetes

    A condition called "diabetic retinopathy" often threatens the vision of adults with diabetes, but new research suggests that kids with type 2 diabetes may be particularly vulnerable to the vision-robbing complication.

    In fact, these kids were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition as children with type 1 diabetes were, the researchers found.

    "The new findings emphasize the ...

    Red Light in Morning May Protect Fading Eyesight: Study

    A weekly dose of deep red light in the morning may protect fading eyesight as people age, U.K. researchers say.

    "Using a simple LED device once a week recharges the energy system that has declined in the retina cells, rather like recharging a battery," according to Glen Jeffery, lead author of a small, new study.

    In previous work, the researchers found that daily three-minute exposu...

    Have Diabetes? Here's How to Save Your Sight

    Managing your diabetes can be tough, but your eyes might thank you for it.

    Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that damages the retina's blood vessels, often resulting in vision loss and blindness. The condition occurs in more than half of people with diabetes.

    It affects nearly 8 million Americans and that number is expected to double by 2050, according to an Ameri...

    Vision Troubles Could Raise Midlife Depression Risk for Women

    Midlife vision problems could increase women's risk of depression, new research suggests.

    Rates of eye problems and depression rise during midlife, but knowledge about how vision affects depression at that time has been limited. The new study identified a significant link between impaired vision and development of depression.

    "Given that the combination of visual impairment and depr...

    Cataracts Tied to Higher Odds of Death From Heart Disease

    Cataracts, a common eye disorder that often comes with age, may also be linked to a heightened risk of death from heart disease, new research shows.

    Experts stressed that the finding doesn't mean that cataracts somehow cause heart trouble, and the study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect.

    "A variety of medical conditions like [high blood pressure], diabetes or smoking have be...

    New Device Might Spot 'Lazy Eye' in Kids Earlier

    The answer to helping kids with "lazy eye" before it's too late could be a hand-held screening device, a new study suggests.

    Amblyopia can't be treated with glasses or contact lenses after a child's vision reaches maturity, and without treatment, it can lead to poor school performance and impairments in depth perception and fine motor skills, doctors say.

    "The findings suggest that ...

    Robotics Bring the White Cane Into the 21st Century

    The "white cane" that many blind people rely on for navigating the world hasn't been upgraded in a century, but researchers are reporting progress on a "robo-cane" they hope will modernize the assistive device.

    The prototype cane is equipped with a color 3D camera, sensors and an "on-board" computer designed to guide the user to a desired location -- and avoid any obstacles along...

    Getting Kids Eyeglasses Boosts School Grades: Study

    New glasses are helping kids in Baltimore see more success in school.

    A three-year clinical study found that students who got new eyeglasses through a school-based program had higher reading and math test scores.

    "The glasses offered the biggest benefit to the very kids who needed it the most -- the ones who were really struggling in school," said Dr. Megan Collins, a pediatric opht...

    Diabetes in Pregnancy Tied to Eye Issues in Kids

    Children whose mothers had diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk for severe forms of common eye problems such as far- and near-sightedness and astigmatism, a long-term study suggests.

    Collectively, they're known as refractive errors, conditions in which the eye is unable to properly focus images on the retina.

    "As many [refractive errors] in young children are treatable, e...

    All Sunglasses Not Equal When it Comes to Eye Protection

    Sunglasses are often considered a fashion statement, but one expert says the style you choose is less important than picking a pair of shades that best protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

    "Wearing sunglasses without 100% UV protection is actually a serious health risk," said Dr. Dianna Seldomridge, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

    "Regardl...

    Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Can Bring Dangerous Complications in 20s

    Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes face a high likelihood of developing complications before age 30, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among 500 children and teenagers with type 2 diabetes, 60% developed at least one complication over the next 15 years -- including nerve damage, eye disease and kidney disease.

    Type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with older age...

    A Better Test to Help Spot Glaucoma?

    Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in older people, and early detection can bring better treatment. Now, researchers in Australia say their experimental genetic test for glaucoma can identify 15 times more people at high risk for the disease compared to a current genetic test.

    "Early diagnosis of glaucoma can lead to vision-saving treatment, and genetic information can potentiall...

    Cataracts: Common, and Easy to Treat

    Many aging Americans can have their vision dimmed by cataracts, but the good news is that they're easily treated, one expert says.

    By age 80, half of Americans either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them, according to Dr. Waid Blackstone, an ophthalmologist at University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic at Pell City.

    "In terms of the typical age-rel...

    Too Much Caffeine Might Raise Your Odds for Glaucoma

    That third or fourth cup of coffee may do more than make your heart race: New research suggests it could significantly increase your risk of glaucoma if you're genetically predisposed to the eye disease.

    The study included more than 120,000 British people, aged 39 to 73, who provided information about their caffeine consumption and their vision, including whether they had glaucoma or a fa...

    Man Blind for 40 Years Regains Some Sight Through Gene Therapy

    Doctors for the first time have used a form of gene therapy to restore partial vision in a blind person, according to findings announced Monday.

    The research team genetically altered retinal ganglion cells to become light-sensitive in a man whose vision was destroyed by retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that breaks down cells that absorb and convert light into brain signals.

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    Weight-Loss Surgery Might Also Help Prevent Cataracts

    Weight-loss surgery can trim waistlines, and new research suggests it could also protect aging eyes.

    The study found that after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, a person's odds for cataracts can drop significantly, especially among younger patients.

    Why might that be so? According to Swiss researchers, weight loss in obese patients may lower oxidative stress on cells, cellular ...

    5 Steps to Protect Young Athletes' Eyes

    As children begin to return to their favorite sports, parents need to ensure that their youngsters use protective eyewear, a leading group of eye specialists says.

    Nearly 30,000 people suffer sports-related eye injuries every year in the United States, but 90% of emergency room visits for such injuries could be prevented by protective eyewear, according to the American Academy of Ophthalm...

    New Hope Against a Rare but Incurable Eye Cancer

    A cutting-edge experimental drug cuts nearly in half the risk of death among patients with a rare but aggressive cancer of the eye, new clinical trial data show.

    Tebentafusp has now become the first drug shown to improve overall survival in patients with uveal melanoma, said Dr. Antoni Ribas, immediate past president of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), in a

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  • Diminished Hearing, Vision Together Could Be Risk Factor for Dementia

    A combination of hearing and vision loss is tied to an increased risk of mental decline and dementia, but having just one of those impairments isn't connected with a higher risk, a new South Korean study finds.

    It's not clear why a diminishing of both senses, but not just one, would raise dementia risks, but the study's leader had a theory that's tied to the importance of socializing in ...

    Could a Few Glasses of Wine Per Week Help Ward Off Cataracts?

    Cataracts are a threat to the vision of millions, but new study suggests a welcome aid to prevention: wine.

    A few glasses of alcohol -- especially red wine -- a week may help reduce your risk of cataract surgery, new British research suggests.

    "The fact that our findings were particularly evident in wine drinkers may suggest a protective role of polyphenol antioxidants, which are e...

    Can a Drug Help Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss?

    The overall eye health of people with diabetes benefits from preventive drug injections directly into the eyeball, but it's too soon to tell whether such treatment will better preserve their vision long-term, new clinical trial results show.

    Regular injections of aflibercept (Eylea) caused a more than threefold reduction in blood vessel leakage inside the retina, and a more than twofold r...

    Even in a Pandemic, Child Vision Tests Are Crucial

    It's critical for parents to maintain their children's vision checkups during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert says.

    "All children should have their eyes checked by their pediatrician at regular intervals, even if they don't have any symptoms," said Dr. Samantha Feldman, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore.

    "Part of the reason that vision screening ...