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Eyesight Problems – News

New Study: Eye Problems Cost $139 Billion - 5th Among 7 Most Costly Chronic Diseases in Direct Medical Costs

A new study conducted by specialists at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, for nonprofit Prevent Blindness America, has found that the total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss in the . . . → Read More: New Study: Eye Problems Cost $139 Billion – 5th Among 7 Most Costly Chronic Diseases in Direct Medical Costs

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Vision Problems Commonly Lead Older Adults to Limit Activity for Fear of Falling, New Study Finds

A new study by doctors at the University of Montreal and an associated Montreal hospital have found that about half of seniors with visually impairing eye diseases report limiting their social activities due to fear of falling. This also . . . → Read More: Vision Problems Commonly Lead Older Adults to Limit Activity for Fear of Falling, New Study Finds

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Resources on Cataracts Presented for Cataract Awareness Month - June 1-30

June has been designated as Cataract Awareness Month by Preventing Blindness America (PBA), a non-profit organization. As part of Cataract Awareness Month, each June, PBA and other organizations present information and resources to educate the public on the risk . . . → Read More: Resources on Cataracts Presented for Cataract Awareness Month – June 1-30

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Johns Hopkins Issues 2012 Vision White Paper, Focusing on How to Halt or Reverse Vision Loss

Corresponding with Healthy Vision Month, a national campaign focusing on vision health, Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently issued a 2012 updated version of the “Johns Hopkins Vision White Paper.” The Johns Hopkins 2012 Vision White Paper, written by doctors . . . → Read More: Johns Hopkins Issues 2012 Vision White Paper, Focusing on How to Halt or Reverse Vision Loss

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Eye Health Month Focuses on Eye Health & Safety

April has been declared “Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month” by Prevent Blindness America (PBA), a non-profit organization. April has also been declared “Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month” by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Both of these campaigns have . . . → Read More: Eye Health Month Focuses on Eye Health & Safety

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May is Healthy Vision Month

The National Eye Institute, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), has declared May as “Healthy Vision Month.” The purpose of Healthy Vision Month is to “encourage people and organizations around the world to recognize the value . . . → Read More: May is Healthy Vision Month

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New Study: Eating Fish & Omega-3 May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

A new study conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Divisions of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, found that regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish is associated . . . → Read More: New Study: Eating Fish & Omega-3 May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

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Healthy Eyes - Information for Healthy Vision

Millions of people, particularly the elderly, have problems with their eyes or vision every year. This website by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers science-based tools and tips for keeping your eyes healthy. . . . → Read More: Healthy Eyes – Information for Healthy Vision

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Eye Health Tips from the National Eye Institute

Eye Health Tips from the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes.  Lists some steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy and prevent eye problems in senior years. View Info » Healthy Eyes, . . . → Read More: Eye Health Tips from the National Eye Institute

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Sensory Loss in Older Adults – Vision – Behavioral Approaches For Caregivers

by Joseph Casciani, PhD. Includes a list of principles for caregivers to the elderly who suffer from vision impairment, and a list of caregiver approaches to assist their elderly loved ones with impairment of vision and help meet their . . . → Read More: Sensory Loss in Older Adults – Vision – Behavioral Approaches For Caregivers

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AMD And Caregivers – Overview

AMD Alliance International. Website section which aims to help cargivers of visually impaired people, including those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), to understand vision loss making them effective in providing the assistance they need to continue living a fulfilling . . . → Read More: AMD And Caregivers – Overview

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Aging and Your Eyes, AgePage

Brochure by National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Lists five steps to protect eyesight, as well as basic information on several eye problems commonly experienced with aging >>View Info

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Get Your Vision Checked; Quick Guide to Healthy Living

Healthfinder.gov, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Basics on the benefits of getting regular eye exams as the best way to protect your vision >>View Info

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Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Eyes Healthy

20 page booklet by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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Some Common Changes as You Grow Older – Changes in Eyesight

VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. General introduction to common changes in eyesight with aging, and checklist for when you should see an eyecare specialist. >>View Info

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Aging and your Eyes

A paper by the Health Promotion Unit at the NYC Department for the Aging, adapted from the National Institute on Aging. Lists five steps to protect eyesight, and provides introductory information on several common eye problems experienced by the . . . → Read More: Aging and your Eyes

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Trends in Vision and Hearing Among Older Americans

Aging Trends by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Reports statistics on visual impairment, which increases steadily with age. 92% of people 70 years old or older wear . . . → Read More: Trends in Vision and Hearing Among Older Americans

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Take this Eye-Q test — See how much you know about glaucoma

By the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S., and very common among the elderly. Take this quiz to learn how much you know about Glaucoma, and begin to . . . → Read More: Take this Eye-Q test — See how much you know about glaucoma

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Diabetic Retinopathy – NIH Senior Health

tutorial on diabetic retinopathy by the National Institutes of Health, Senior Health. Defines diabetic retinopathy, which is one of the most common eyesight problems facing older adults, and discusses the causes and risk factors, symptoms and detection, treatment and . . . → Read More: Diabetic Retinopathy – NIH Senior Health

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Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health; A quarter haven’t seen vision specialist in 2 years, survey finds

October 17, 2008 HealthDay article published on MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Reports on study finding that 81% of Americans wear corrective lenses, yet 26% have not seen an eye doctor in 2 years. Annual . . . → Read More: Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health; A quarter haven’t seen vision specialist in 2 years, survey finds

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Health Information: Eye Diseases and Disorders

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Provides detailed medical information on the characteristics, causes, treatments, and prevention of a lengthy list of eye diseases and disorders, including the following conditions commonly . . . → Read More: Health Information: Eye Diseases and Disorders

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Correctible Vision Loss

Common Refractive Errors (Vision Loss) that occur naturally with aging, and are correctible with eyeglasses: Nearsightedness (Myopia) by MayoClinic.com »View Info Farsightedness (Hyperopia) by MayoClinic.com »View Info Astigmatism by MayoClinic.com »View Info Presbyopia (inability to focus close up as . . . → Read More: Correctible Vision Loss

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A Tutorial on Cataract

Cataract — NIH Senior Health, a tutorial on cataract by the National Institutes of Health, Senior Health. Defines cataract, which is one of the most common conditions facing older adults, and discusses the development and risk factors, symptoms and . . . → Read More: A Tutorial on Cataract

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A Tutorial on Glaucoma

Glaucoma — NIH Senior Health, a tutorial on glaucoma by the National Institutes of Health, Senior Health. Defines glaucoma, which is one of the most common conditions facing older adults, and discusses the causes and risk factors, symptoms and . . . → Read More: A Tutorial on Glaucoma

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Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration – NIH Senior Health, tutorial on diabetic retinopathy by the National Institutes of Health, Senior Health. Defines diabetic retinopathy, which is one of the most common eyesight problems facing older adults, and discusses the causes and . . . → Read More: Age-related Macular Degeneration

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy, MedlinePlus, Medical Encyclopedia, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Facts about the definitions, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this leading cause of visual impairment in the elderly. . . . → Read More: Diabetic Retinopathy

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Eyes and Vision Links

Eyes and Vision, MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Comprehensive list with links to information on all of the many potential medical problems relating to the eyes and vision. . . . → Read More: Eyes and Vision Links

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Vision Problems in Aging Adults

Vision Problems in Aging Adults, Cleveland Clinic. List and brief medical description of the several eye problems that become more common among people as they age. »View Info

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Cataract Facts

Cataract, MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This website provides links to detailed information on cararact, a condition involving a clouding of the lens in the eye, impairing vision. . . . → Read More: Cataract Facts

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Glaucoma Facts

Glaucoma, MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This website provides links to detailed information on glaucoma, a leading eye problem for the elderly – which is a leading cause . . . → Read More: Glaucoma Facts

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Vision Loss and Other Eye Diseases

Vision Loss and Other Eye Diseases, Aging in The Know by American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging. Overview of the four major types of eye diseases that commonly cause vision problems in older adults: cataracts, macular degeneration, . . . → Read More: Vision Loss and Other Eye Diseases

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Aging and Your Eyes

Aging and Your Eyes, Cleveland Clinic. Discussion of the medical aspects of several types of common age-related eye problems, as well as three suggestions for preventing eye problems: (1) see your family doctor regularly to check for diseases like . . . → Read More: Aging and Your Eyes

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Signs of Eye Problems in Adults

Signs of Eye Problems in Adults,The Vision Learning Center, Prevent Blindness America, PreventBlindness.org. Checklist of changes in your eyes or vision that should be investigated further, and a further list of symptoms that may indicate a potentially serious problem . . . → Read More: Signs of Eye Problems in Adults

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Facts About Cataract

Facts About Cataract: Symptoms and Detection, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a list of the symptoms of cataract and the eye examinations involved in its detection. »View . . . → Read More: Facts About Cataract

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Facts About Glaucoma

Facts About Glaucoma: Symptoms and Detection, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a list of the symptoms of glaucoma and the eye examinations involved in its detection. »View . . . → Read More: Facts About Glaucoma

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Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Symptoms and Detection, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a list of the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the eye examinations involved . . . → Read More: Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy

Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy: Symptoms and Detection, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a list of the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and the eye examinations involved in its detection. . . . → Read More: Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy

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Interactive Quiz from the National Eye Institute

Do You Have Low Vision? Interactive quiz from the National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, to help you recognize the symptoms of low vision. Links to a website with information on the definition and what you should . . . → Read More: Interactive Quiz from the National Eye Institute

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Eye Exams: What to expect

Eye exams: What to expect, MayoClinic.com. Regular eye exams can detect eye problems at an early stage when they are most treatable. This article explains the types of eye specialists and what is involved in an eye exam. »View . . . → Read More: Eye Exams: What to expect

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Eye Disease Simulations

Eye Disease Simulations, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. Shows a scene as it might be viewed by someone with normal vision, and the same scene as it might be viewed by someone with • Age-Related Macular . . . → Read More: Eye Disease Simulations

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Merck Medical Manual on Eye Disorders

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Eye Disorders, Merck Medical Manual, Home Edition: Symptoms Diagnosis

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Eye Problems and Diagnosis Chart

Eye Problems, F amilyDoctor.org, site of American Academy of Family Physicians. A diagnostic chart showing a list of several symptoms of eye problems, pointing for each to the likely diagnosis, and self-care or medical care action to be taken. . . . → Read More: Eye Problems and Diagnosis Chart

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Tips for Safe Fun in the Sun

Tips for Safe Fun in the Sun, EyeSmart, a website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Stresses the importance of protecting eyes from harmful rays of the sun, by wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. Reports that, “Studies show that . . . → Read More: Tips for Safe Fun in the Sun

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Tips to Prevent Eye Trouble

Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble; The combination contributes to age-related macular degeneration, study finds, HealthDay, U.S. News & World Report, October 14, 2008. »View Info

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Eye Exams: What to Expect

Eye Exams: What to Expect,EyeCare America, a Program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Opthalmology. Recommends that seniors age 65 and over should have complete eye exams by their Eye M.D. every one to two years to . . . → Read More: Eye Exams: What to Expect

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Prevent Vision Problems

Vision Problems: Prevention, MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health. In addition to regular eye checkups, the following steps can help prevent eye and vision problems: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Don’t smoke. Limit how . . . → Read More: Prevent Vision Problems

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Eyeglasses Discussed by Cleveland Clinic

Eyeglasses, Cleveland Clinic. Discussion of the types of eyeglasses available to correct vision problems, such as common refractive problems that occur naturally with aging – including: nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Eyeglasses work by focusing light more appropriately on . . . → Read More: Eyeglasses Discussed by Cleveland Clinic

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Facts About Cataract

Facts About Cataract: Treatment, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a good discussion of how a cataract is treated, including the surgery options, risks associated, and what to expect. . . . → Read More: Facts About Cataract

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Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy

Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy: Treatment, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a good discussion of how diabetic retinopathy is treated, the different treatment options, including laser procedure options, risks . . . → Read More: Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy

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Facts About Glaucoma

Facts About Glaucoma: Treatment, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a good discussion of how glaucoma can be treated, including laser and surgery options, risks associated, use of eye . . . → Read More: Facts About Glaucoma

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Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Treatment, National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Includes a good discussion of how age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is treated and what to expect, as well . . . → Read More: Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Bilberry as Treatment for Certain Eye Disorders

Bilberry Fruit (Vaccinium myrtillus), as Treatment for Certain Eye Disorders, MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health. Studies have found that bilberry fruit may be useful as a treatment for a variety of eye disorders, including . . . → Read More: Bilberry as Treatment for Certain Eye Disorders

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Facts about Glaucoma

Glaucoma, Merck Medical Manual, Home Edition. Facts about Glaucoma, its symptoms, screening and diagnosis, with particular detail about available treatments, including eye drops, surgery, and medications. Includes a detailed chart of some of the medications used to treat Glaucoma, . . . → Read More: Facts about Glaucoma

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Eye Drops Discussed by Eye Care America

Eye drops, Eye Care America, the Foundation of the American Academy of Opthalmology. Eye drops contain medicines that are used to treat many eye diseases and conditions. Some also are helpful for relieving eye discomfort. »View Info

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Tips for Dealing with the Elderly with Vision Loss

Tips for Dealing with the Elderly.Tips for the caregiver on how to deal with the elderly who suffer from loss of hearing or loss of sight. »View Info

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Fact Sheet for Caregivers to the Elderly with Vision Loss

Fact Sheet for Caregivers to the Elderly with Vision Loss, by National Family Caregiver Alliance. Gives basic facts about the four most common vision and eye disorders suffered by the elderly, and includes information for the caregiver on how . . . → Read More: Fact Sheet for Caregivers to the Elderly with Vision Loss

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Financial Aid for

Financial Aid for Eye Care, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Good link to national and state resources that provide aid to people with vision problems. Useful for the caregiver of . . . → Read More: Financial Aid for

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