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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...

Focus on the Aging Eye

It's normal for our eyes to change with age. The lens of the eye hardens and its muscles become stiffer, making it difficult to read small type or focus in dim light. Luckily, many age-related changes, called refractive errors, can be easily corrected. Advancing age also puts you at risk for more serious eye diseases, as do chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders can help slow their progression and sometimes prevent serious vision loss. More...

PVD and the Aging Eyeball

Even eyeballs age. As you edge over 40, the vitreous -- the clear gel-like substance inside your eyes -- begins to liquefy and shrink. Within the gel are millions of fibers attached to the retina, the light-sensitive nerve tissue lining the interior of the eye. As the gel shrinks, the fibers break, allowing the vitreous to peel away from the retina, a process called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). This event occurs in everyone as they get older. More...

Eye Care Advice from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

How can you be sure about choosing the best care for your eyes? When it comes to eye care, it's important to discuss your medical options with your ophthalmologist. That said, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) offers the following advice about some common tests and treatments. More...

A Look at the Future: Microstents

Perhaps the most difficult part of becoming a glaucoma patient is the prospect of a lifetime of taking eyedrops. If a new class of surgeries continues to perform well in clinical trials, however, some glaucoma patients may be able to abandon their medications more frequently when they have cataract surgery, or even undergo surgery as their first treatment. More...

Light Eyes, Meds and Sun: A Bad Mix

Many people know that exposing unprotected eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun (such as by not wearing sunglasses) over time can cause vision damage. But did you know that having light-colored eyes or taking certain drugs can make you even more vulnerable to future eye diseases? More than half of American adults don't, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). More...

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