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As we age, our bodies become more vulnerable to chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which can also impact our eye health. In fact, changes in vision can sometimes be the first indication of these systemic diseases.

That’s why it’s crucial to pay attention to your overall health and communicate any health conditions or medications you’re taking with your eye doctor. In this article, we’ll discuss the relationship between systemic health and eye health and provide tips for maintaining healthy eyesight as you age.

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Someday it may be possible to treat glaucoma by wearing a special pair of glasses outfitted with an electromagnetic coil. These glasses, developed by Bionode, are currently being tested. This device might be able to treat glaucoma without eyedrops, according to researcher Ike Ahmed, MD.

Dr. Ahmed, an ophthalmologist at the Prism Eye Institute in Toronto, is involved in studies of the new device and is a consultant to and a clinical investigator for Bionode.

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Cataract surgery is very common. Nearly 4 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year to restore their vision.

During cataract surgery, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL can not only restore vision lost to cataracts, but may also correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism or presbyopia.

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What is blue light?

Color doesn’t typically come to mind when thinking of light, but when you see a rainbow, you are seeing the visual light spectrum. These are colors visible to the human eye and include red, blue, and green “wavelengths.” All light we see is a combination of these wavelengths, including light from the sun, energy-efficient lighting (like LED lamps), and computer screens.

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Wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription may seem harmless, but beware: Costume contacts can severely damage your eyes and even cause permanent blindness if they’re not fitted by an eye specialist. And many costume contact lenses are sold without a doctor’s prescription, which is illegal in the United States.

If you’re wearing costume contacts for cosplay, Halloween or other events, here’s how to do it without damaging your eyes.

“Consumers need to know that permanent eye damage can occur from using non-prescription lenses,” says Thomas Steinemann, MD, a practicing ophthalmologist at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. “Personally, I have seen far too many serious cases in both children and adults from using decorative lenses.”

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Getting an eye exam is an important part of staying healthy. But do you know when you and your family members should get eye exams? Do you know what a complete eye exam should cover?

Get the right exam at the right time and ensure your vision lasts a lifetime.

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People with macular degeneration have chronic inflammation. Over time, this inflammation can damage cells in the retina and cause vision loss.  Doctors suspect that inflammation drives severe COVID complications and leads to a higher risk of death.

There are other reasons why COVID complications might be worse in people with macular degeneration. Many people with AMD are 65 or older, and have other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

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Study after study has shown that people fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, stroke, heart disease and other serious ailments.  But while most adults assume they’re well versed in vision facts, few actually are. And that lack of knowledge only increases their risk.

You might be surprised by these findings from an online survey of 3,512 American adults conducted by The Harris Poll for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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As we move into our senior years, regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist become even more important for preserving sight.  Presbyopia usually starts in our early 40s and can increase with age. Even people who see well and who don’t have age-related eye diseases may have vision changes that might not be obvious.

For instance, it may gradually become harder to distinguish an object from its background when they are the same color (like a white coffee cup sitting on a white table). This is called loss of “contrast sensitivity.”

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At some point, nearly everyone experiences that gritty, uncomfortable feeling when their eyes become too dry. But for some people, dry eye is more than a temporary annoyance. It is an ongoing problem called ocular surface disease that demands constant management.

Ocular surface disease is a very common disorder. It happens when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the right quality of tears. Tears, which are made from three separate layers, are vital for keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable.

Anyone can have ocular surface disease, though it is more common among women, particularly after menopause.

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