Houston seniors need to know about the symptoms of cataracts as developing a cataract is a pretty common occurrence as we transcend our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. In fact more than 20 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans over 65 have some degree of cataract development. buy ff14 gil nike air max 2018 Cataracts are actually a leading cause of vision loss among seniors. We are quite fortunate in that with cataract surgery and lens implants we can readily help people achieve very good vision and lead a normal active lifestyle.

Symptoms of Cataracts

 

A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. nike air max classic bw asics france For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. adidas zx flux As the cataract progresses it often results in a clouding and blurring of vision. nike x fragment As the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision. buy ff14 gil Other common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can includedimming of vision, sensitivity to light and glare,double vision in one eye,poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and a need forfrequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions. blade and soul gold While these are the visual symptoms, people do not realize is that the poor vision in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline and that reduced vision creates difficulty with mobility and safety and thus can also put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture.

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Treatment of Cataracts

 

When cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with patient comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. nike air max pas cher nike air zoom pegasus Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. new balance femme Today, we have a full range of lens implants available that allow us to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients.

If you or someone you know has questions about symptoms or treatment of cataracts, cataracts in general, cataract surgery or lens implants please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation.

Various types of laser treatments for glaucoma are effective and represent a good treatment option for many patients. Laser treatment for glaucoma may be considered as first-line therapy in early to moderate-stage open-angle glaucoma when eye pressure or IOP is less than 35 mm Hg. nike air max homme https://www.goldufo.com/ffxiv-items Recent research presented at the World Glaucoma Congress also indicated that the SLT Laser may also be useful for glaucoma induced by the use of steroids and the ALT and SLT Laser may be useful in treating pigmentary glaucoma. asics gel lyte 5 But, we need to caution patients that there is NO cure for glaucoma and thus meticulous follow up and monitoring is necessary to ensure that patients continue to do well over time in order to preserve eye health and vision.

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Understanding age related macular degeneration (AMD) is important for seniors, anyone over 50 with a family history of macular degeneration and those with known risk factors such as vascular disease, use of aspirin, high levels of alcohol consumption and those people with higher fat diets. basket adidas zx flux cheap ffxiv Items More than 2 million people age 50 and older have late AMD which represents a considerable increase from just 10 years ago. louboutin paris This may be due to the aging of the U.S. nike air max soldes population with the baby boomers wanting but being unable to maintain the lifestyle they wish due to AMD.

Types of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) & Vision Loss
AMD causes central vision to blur, but leaves peripheral vision intact. new balance 2017 It is progressive and painless. There are two types of AMD, a “Dry” form and a “Wet” form. nike flyknit lunar adidas ultra boost It is estimated that 85-90% of people with AMD have the Dry form which results in a gradual vision loss. ugg classic Fortunately, only 10 percent of people with AMD have the Wet form which progresses much quicker and can cause catastrophic vision loss.

Treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
While there is limited treatment warranted for Dry AMD as it is only slowly progressive, the successful treatment of Wet AMD requires early detection, quick diagnosis and then immediate access to treatment with vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGF) injections such as Lucentis® and Eylea®.

Reducing the Risk of AMD & Vision Loss from AMD
The key to preventing vision loss from AMD is clearly early detection, diagnosis and intervention. ugg bottes Time is of the essence as once hemorrhaging has affected the macula-vision loss from scarring is catastrophic. Fjallraven Kanken No2 cheap ffxiv gil Patients can often reduce their risk of developing AMD by not smoking as well as working to eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables, avoiding foods with Trans fats, exercising and controlling blood pressure and weight.

If you or someone you know has questions about age related macular degeneration (AMD), the risk of AMD or the need for early detection, diagnosis & treatment of age related macular degeneration should please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation.

It is disappointing and disconcerting that patients may only have a limited understanding of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and its treatment. nike huarache A recent study exploring patients’ understanding of the risk factors, cause and controllability of their own diabetic retinopathy revealed considerable misunderstanding, air jordan 31 adidas gazelle femme gaps in knowledge and potentially damaging beliefs about the cause and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Focus groups and interviews were conducted with patients with diabetic retinopathy (DR)-nearly half of whom had severe proliferative DR-a serious complication. Most of these patients had also undergone laser treatment. new balance france At the conclusion of the study, patients were found to have had a reasonable understanding of the basic risk factors for DR, such as diabetes control, nike soldes but they were less clear about specific risk factors such as blood pressure and lipid control.

Most patients attributed their DR either to poor diabetes control or to failings of the health care system, rather than having a basic understanding of the small blood vessel disease including circulatory and oxygen deprivation that results from the damaged blood vessels in the retina. Some patients believed that their DR was a result of health aspects beyond their control or environmental factors, whereas others were unsure about the cause.

Improving patients’ understanding of the major risk factors for DR as well as helping them have a better understanding of the causes of diabetic retinopathy and being able to grasp expectations of realistic outcomes of laser treatment may improve patients’ coping mechanisms, adaption to disease and ocular outcomes.

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The eye doctors and staff at The Eye Clinic of Texas alerted patients getting ready to celebrate the July 4th holiday to use both common sense and caution when enjoying fireworks displays. asics nimbus Eye safety is quite critical with fireworks as fireworks related eye injuries are the second most frequent injury we see from emergency room each July 4th weekend.

Some common sense precautions everyone can take to prevent eye injuries includes:
• Never let kids play with fireworks of any type.
• Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type-leave it to professionals.
• Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators

Keep in mind that even professional displays can be dangerous. nike cortez botte ugg pas cher However, if an eye accident does occur, there are a few things you should know:

• Do not rub the eye.
• Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. adidas pas cher This can be even more damaging than rubbing.
• Do not apply pressure to the eye itself-but protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the person’s hand.
• Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Fjallraven Kanken Online Adidas Zx pas cher Aspirin (should never be given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. FF14 gil nike requin Take the person to the emergency room at once.
• Do not apply ointments or drops. asics gel quantum 360 basket air jordan soldes They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 as we always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.

If you or someone you know has questions about fireworks eye safety and eye injuries please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.
The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation.

Vision loss from the effects of diabetic eye disease including diabetic retinopathy may be preventable or minimized with diligent regular eye exams for those with diabetes. nike air max command nike air max 90 Although there is no cure for diabetic eye disease, annual eye exams for diabetes patients are essential to help slow the progression of the disease. new balance gris asics gel lyte Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age and affects more than 25 million people in the United States-and is increasing! Almost 8 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy-and is increasing!

Prevent Blindness America has designated November as National Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. nike air max command soldes nike flyknit As part of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, The Eye Clinic of Texas urges people with diabetes to have a dilated eye exam every year. Fjallraven Mochilas timberland roll top pas cher The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. Soldes Louboutin timberland pas cher However, diabetic retinopathy does not only affect people who have had diabetes for many years, it can also appear within the first year or two after the onset of the disease.

Preventing Vision Loss from Diabetic Eye Problems

In addition to having regular eye examinations and testing at the direction of your eye doctor, patients can help to reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disease by not smoking, controlling their cholesterol and lipid profile and blood pressure, as well as working to eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables and exercising.

If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease and problems with regular eye exams by calling The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation.

People with cataract related vision loss who have had cataract surgery to improve their sight are living longer than those with visual impairment who chose not to have the procedure, according to research published in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. basket nike tn soldes Infact, the researchers found a 40 percent lower long-term mortality risk in those who had the cataract surgery.

This research is from data gathered in the Blue Mountains Eye Study, a population-based study of vision and common eye diseases in an older Australian population. adidas stan smith nike homme solde Adjustments were made for age and gender as well as a number of mortality risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, smoking, cardiovascular disease, body mass index and measures of frailty and other disease. new balance mrl996 Follow-up visits took place after five and ten years since the baseline exam.

Previous research had indicated that older persons with visual impairment were likely to have greater mortality risk than their age peers with normal vision, and that cataract surgery might reduce this risk. bottes timberland pas cher nike air jordan soldes These studies – unlike the Blue Mountains Eye Study – compared people who had undergone cataract surgery with those in the general population or with those who had not had cataract surgery, and did not link vision status to the surgical status.

The association between correction of cataract-related visual impairment and reduced mortality risk is not clearly understood, but plausible factors may include improvements in physical and emotional well-being, optimism, greater confidence associated with independent living after vision improvement, as well as greater ability to comply with prescription medications.

Cataract is a leading cause of treatable visual impairment that will affect more than half of all Americans by the time they are 80 years old. basket adidas zx flux blade and soul gold Cataract surgery to remove the opaque lens and replace it with an artificial lens implant is one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. nike internationalist today and is regarded as a very successful procedure of cataract treatment. nike air max 2017 soldes bottes ugg australia Today, at The Eye Clinic of Texas we provide a safe, reproducible and gentle cataract surgery procedure in conjunction with advanced technology lens implants to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even the near vision focusing problems of aging to help patients be independent of eyeglasses after their cataract surgery. If cataracts have made completing everyday tasks difficult, if you are having difficulty with night driving or feel your are not quite as mobile as you would like-cataract surgery should be discussed with Drs.

asprinAspirin is one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications but it may actually increase your risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Adidas Running Aspirin is used as an effective remedy for headaches, body aches and fever and by millions of people at high risk of heart attack due to atherosclerosis as a preventative measure, thanks to aspirin’s anticoagulant properties.

As part of The Beaver Dam Eye Study 5,000 participants (aged 43 to 86 years) were followed for more than 20 years and received eye examinations every five years with participants being asked if they had regularly used aspirin at least twice a week for more than three months. basket nike bns gold Researchers found that regular aspirin use 10 years prior to eye examination was associated with late AMD, with estimated incidence of 1.76 percent, compared to 1.03 percent in non-aspirin users. Researchers concluded that these associations, though small, were statistically significant. cheap ffxiv gil timberland discount Regular aspirin use 10 years prior to eye examination was significantly associated with the “wet” form of AMD, which accounts for 10 percent of all AMD cases, but is responsible for the majority of catastrophic vision loss associated with the disease.

Another study from a 15-year Australian population-based group completed a questionnaire that assessed aspirin use, heart disease status and AMD risk factors. nike air max 2017 https://www.goldufo.com/ffxiv-items In addition, they received four eye examinations during the 15-year study period. Fjallraven Kanken mini asics soldes Regular aspirin users developed wet AMD—an astounding 24.5 percent. Even after adjusting for other risk factors like age, sex, smoking, history of heart disease and body mass index, regular aspirin users still had a higher risk of developing wet AMD. new balance running adidas nmd Researchers concluded, “Regular aspirin use is associated with increased risk of incident neovascular [Wet] AMD, independent of history of cardiovascular disease and smoking.”

Alternatives to Aspirin

If you’re a regular aspirin user, you should get a thorough eye exam as soon as possible to determine your AMD status. This is extremely important because AMD often doesn’t show any symptoms until well after the condition has taken hold.

If you or someone you know has questions about the risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and taking aspirin, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation.