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Your Eye Exam Could Save Your Life!

Your Eye Exam Could Save Your Life!

Most Americans only visit the eye doctor when they notice changes in their vision. Not a bad plan, right? Although it’s always important to see a doctor if you notice a difference in your health, you might want to visit your eye doctor even if when you don’t think anything is wrong. This is because comprehensive eye examinations can help doctors catch certain health problems early, many of which have nothing to do with the eye. Diabetes Believe it or not, it’s possible to detect diabetes in the eye before it even registers in a blood sugar test. During the dilated portion of the eye exam, your doctor can detect changes or damage to the blood vessels in the retina. This condition, known as...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month! The aim of this month is to educate patients about macular degeneration, as well as promote awareness, share resources, and encourage comprehensive vision examinations. What is macular degeneration? Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among Americans age 50 and older. It is also known as macular degeneration, AMD, or ARMD. The macula is the small, central area of the retina responsible for visual acuity, or seeing clearly. In macular degeneration, this region is damaged, resulting in blurry, distorted vision. Age-related macular degeneration can occur in two forms: wet (neovascular) and dry...

Have You Heard? Cataract Surgery Leads to Better Driving!

Have You Heard? Cataract Surgery Leads to Better Driving!

Cataract surgery can be life-changing, allowing patients with poor vision to finally see bright colors, regain their night vision, and even reduce their dependence on glasses. But can these improvements be measured? In Australia, a group of researchers sought to quantify how much cataract surgery can improve a person’s ability to drive a car. In the study, they tested the driving performance of 44 patients before and after cataract surgery. Patients completed a simulated driving test designed to measure how well they deal with adjusted speed limits, traffic densities, uncontrolled intersections, and pedestrian crossings. The researchers tested participants before cataract surgery, after...