You may have heard of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, the eye disease that can cause loss of central vision as a result of changes to a small area at the center of the retina called the macula. You may not have heard of a less common eye condition that shares similar symptoms with AMD, called a macular hole. Like AMD, a macular hole also affects the macula and is typically age-related.
The importance of protecting your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays is well known. But It's just as important to protect your eyes and eyelids. Here's what you can do to shield them.
If you have chronic dry eyes, here's another reason to get the problem evaluated and treated if self-help measures aren't sufficient: It can slow reading speed and make prolonged reading difficult, according to a recent study in Optometry and Vision Science.
Older people with visual impairment have an elevated risk of cognitive decline, according to a study reported in 2018 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Anti-VEGF medications are very effective in treating age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, and retinal vein occlusion. But there has long been concern that they may increase the risk of bleeding and other problems. French researchers recently assessed how real that risk is.
Glaucoma treatments can prevent vision loss and blindness, but many patients still experience problems like double vision (diplopia) and strabismus (misaligned eyes), which can interfere with their quality of life.
Researchers uncover a surprising link between cataracts and osteoporosis and identify important benefits of cataract surgery.
What if you've had cataract surgery and still need glasses or contact lenses? A laser treatment may someday make it possible for ophthalmologists to refocus intraocular lenses (IOL) that were implanted years before.
Many people who have cataracts aren't getting the treatment they need. Likely reasons range from the cost of surgery to access to treatment centers. But the lack of a family and social support system may also play a key role, findings published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggest.
For years, medicated eyedrops had been the mainstay for treating glaucoma, a condition caused when the pressure of fluid inside the eye becomes dangerously elevated. Now some experts believe that the laser procedure known as selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) may be a better first-choice treatment.
Injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors can slow neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). But many people find that receiving injections in the eye is stressful. If you're anxious about the treatment, here's what you should do.
Some people notice small dark spots that look like freckles in the iris of the eye. These may be harmless iris "freckles," medically called iris ephelis, or they could be iris nevi, which are typically, but not always, benign. Another kind of eye "freckle" —found inside the eye—choroidal nevi—can be seen only during an eye exam. Here's what you should know about all three.
Recent research may have put the kibosh on the health claim that fish oil (omega-3) supplements are an effective treatment for dry eyes.
Microstents are a promising new option for managing elevated intraocular pressure in adults with glaucoma. But with so many microstents becoming available, ophthalmologists are still trying to assess their relative benefits and long-term effectiveness.
For people with glaucoma, regular monitoring of intraocular pressure (IOP) is important for making sure that their treatment is effective. But testing involves going to the eye doctor, which can be a burden, especially for older patients. Can glaucoma patients safely and accurately measure their own IOP at home?