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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...

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...

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