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Cataract Surgery: Do You Need Pre-op Testing?

Preoperative testing for cataract surgery may sound like a prudent idea, but besides being costly, it may lead to testing with only marginal benefits. More...

Eight Steps to Avoid Microbial Keratitis

Did you know that almost a million patients end up in doctors' offices and emergency departments each year because of microbial keratitis, a bacterial inflammation of the eye's cornea, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Left untreated, microbial keratitis can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss. But the good news is that microbial keratitis is preventable More...

Advice on Coping with Low Vision

If you've recently been diagnosed with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or low vision, it's normal to feel anger, fear or grief for your loss. Here are tips to help deal with your diagnosis. More...

The Truth About Nutritional Supplements for AMD

There's no sufficient evidence that supplements can prevent age-related macular degeneration or slow progression of milder forms of the eye disease. But that hasn't stopped some drug manufacturers from marketing their over-the-counter eye supplements as essential for vision health and maintenance as well as short-changing some of the ingredients in their formulas. More...

Sleep Apnea May Cause Eye Damage

Research now suggests that the intermittent upper airway obstruction that characterizes sleep apnea also contributes to oxygen deprivation that damages the optic nerve. More...

Cataract Surgery Improves Vision In Those With Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Many individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been counseled to avoid cataract surgery out of concern that it would accelerate AMD progression. But new evidence suggests that cataract surgery actually improves vision significantly among people with varying degrees of AMD. More...

What Is TAC and How Can It Help You Prevent Cataracts?

A reader asks, "Are there any foods I can eat to lessen my risk of developing cataracts?" Here's our advice. More...

Common Diseases That Affect the Eye as We Age

Different vision disorders affect different parts of the eye. Cataracts affect the lens in the front of the eye, while age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy injure the retina in the back of the eye. Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, which also is in the back of the eye. Here's a brief description of each condition. More...

What Is Blepharitis and How Do You Treat It?

A reader asks: "How can I get rid of persistent eyelid inflammation?" Here's our advice. More...

New Eyeglasses May Lead to Falls

Having poor vision can increase your risk of falls, but ironically, getting eyeglasses to correct poor vision can increase the chances of falling, too. More...

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, a delicate, light-sensitive membrane lining the inner eyeball, separates from the back of the eye. This can't always be prevented, but you can take some steps to reduce your risk. More...

Four Conditions That Cause Watery, Itchy Eyes

Tears are essential to the performance and health of our eyes. They keep the surface of the eye moist, help with distribution of nutrients and protective cells, and wash away particles and foreign objects. More...

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