|Macular degeneration (MAK-yu-lar DEE-gen-er-a-shon) is a chronic, progressive disease that is the leading cause of legal blindness in adults over 50 years of age. Referred to as ‘age-related macular degeneration’ or AMD, it got this name because it is commonly associated with aging.
When the tissue in the macula, the central part of the retina, deteriorates, it causes macular degeneration. The macula is a miniscule section of the retina comprised of millions of light sensing cells t...|
|Macular Degeneration: The Sneak Thief of Vision|
|Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is considered to be the leading cause of functional vision loss in people over the age of 55 in the western world. Estimates of how many people are affected vary considerably, but the percentage of the population with it increases with age. While only 2% of people aged 50 to 59 have the disease, the incidence rises to nearly 30% by the age of 75 years. Therefore, the greatest risk factor for developing this condition is age.
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|Makeup Safety for Beautiful Eyes|
|Putting on makeup is a routine part of the day for many women, and there is an amazing array of makeup products and colors in most department stores, beauty suppliers and discount chains to tempt even the most jaded and savvy shoppers.
Once a product has been shown to be safe, cosmetics are available without prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC) everywhere, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all products available on the shelves should be used without some common sense rules t...|
|Mature Vision: Presbyopia|
|By early adulthood, the human eye is fully developed; at its maximum potential it includes various components that are not easily measured by traditional eye charts, such as depth perception, night vision and hand-eye coordination. However, vision does still change over time.
By about the age of 40, the symptoms of "presbyopia" begin to become noticeable, most commonly by difficulties reading fine print or using a computer for extended time periods. Presbyopia is one of the four "refract...|
|Other causes of meibomitis include acne rosacea and blepharitis.
Along the margin of the lids there are a series of small sebaceous glands called the meibomian glands. They create and distribute an oily substance called lipids. Meibomian gland secretions help keep the eye moist and protect the tear film from evaporation. Upon blinking the upper lid comes down presses on the oil and pulls a sheet of oil upwards coating the tear layer beneath to keep it from evaporating. Meibomit...|
|Migraine Headache |
|A migraine is one of the most severe headaches people can experience. Blood vessels in the brain that are expanding are thought to be the cause, which is why they are considered to be vascular in nature.
Migraines can occur at any age; they affect about one person in ten. Women suffer from them more often than men, and there may be a genetic component to them as they tend to run in families. Periods of hormonal change, often occurring during adolescence or in women around their menstru...|
|Mozart Improves Peripheral Vision Of Glaucoma Px |
|The researchers found that the group who had listened to music performed better. A Brazilian study has found that Mozart music improved patients performance in a vision test aimed at checking peripheral vision of people with glaucoma. A Brazilian study has found that Mozart music improved patients performance in a vision test aimed at checking peripheral vision of people with glaucoma. 30 patients were divided into two groups and given ten minutes to prepare for the test. Half of them lis...|
|Multifocal Contact Lenses |
|Multifocal contact lenses are rapidly increasing in popularity as an exciting new alternative for people with presbyopia. If you are over 40 your eyesight is probably changing. You may have difficulty reading or doing simple tasks up close. As we mature the eye becomes less capable of focusing from far to close objects. This is a common condition called presbyopia and it affects nearly everyone by the age of 50. The crystalline lens of the eye thickens throughout life making it harder and le...|
|Multifocal Contact Lenses & Monovision |
|New innovations in lens designs and materials have allowed more presbyopes to continue to enjoy the benefits of contact lens wear. Multifocal Lenses If you are over 40 your eyesight is probably changing. You may have difficulty reading or doing simple tasks up close. As we mature the eye becomes less capable of focusing from far to close objects. This is a common condition called presbyopia and it affects nearly everyone by the age of 50. The crystalline lens of the eye thickens throughout l...|
|Myokymia (Eyelid Twitching)|
|As eyecare practitioners, we frequently hear from patients that they are bothered by twitching in the eyelid of one eye. The eyelid muscles around one eye (only rarely in both) will begin to quiver involuntarily; episodes can be as frequent as several times a day or perhaps once a week.
To the person experiencing it, the entire lid feels like it might be moving, but in reality it is a very small movement, almost unnoticeable by others. While it can be annoying, the twitching is not ser...|
|Technically known as myopia (my-O-pe-ah) nearsightedness is a vision problem that affects over 25 per cent of adults worldwide and it is the most common vision problem in the United States. Nearsighted people experience difficulty seeing objects at a distance but can see objects at close range. Myopia occurs because the eyeball is too long as measured from front to back. Thus light focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it causing blurred distant objects.
|Myopia: What Causes It?|
|Myopia is a refractive error also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness. (Refractive errors are named for where the uncorrected vision is better; in this case, nearsightedness gives good vision up close, but blurriness for things in the distance.)
In an eye that is myopic, light rays entering the eye are brought to a focus in front of the retina instead of exactly on it, so images are blurry instead of being sharp and clear. When the myopic person gazes at something ...|