How To Protect Your Sight As You Age

Most of us take our vision for granted until we develop a disorder like cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or diabetic retinopathy. It's important to realize that early detection of disease is essential.

Fortunately, if you have one of these eye disorders and are treated early enough, the progression of disease often can be slowed or even halted, helping you return to daily activities such as driving, grocery shopping, reading and performing household tasks. Get the facts you need NOW to prevent vision loss, and learn about the most current and effective treatments for common eye disorders.

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The 2018 Vision White Paper

Your Annual Guide to Sight-Saving Therapies

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The Expertise You Require in the Layperson's
Language You Can Understand and Apply

Introducing Your Vision Expert

Colin A. McCannel, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.C., is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, and Medical Director of UCLA's Stein Eye Center—Santa Monica.

Dr. McCannel specializes in retinal surgery. He received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a member of the American Society of Retina Surgeons, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. He is a former member of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, where he was also a member of the board of directors and is past president.

Dr. McCannel's clinical interests include surgical and medical diseases of the retina, macula and vitreus, including macular hole, retinal detachment, epimacular membrane (epiretinal membrane, macular pucker), diabetic retinopathy, complex retinal detachment and age-related macular degeneration and ocular oncology. He has lectured worldwide and is a reviewer for several prestigious journals including the Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. McCannel serves as chair of the writing committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Basic and Clinical Science Course, Section 12: "Retina and Vitreous." He is also a leader in the field of use of virtual reality simulation technology for ophthalmic surgical teaching.

Timely, accurate advice about what works

The goal of the Vision White Paper is to empower you with the best advice on the health conditions that impact your life. The editorial staff of the 2018 Vision White Paper has gathered research on the most important developments and medical advice in the past year. Order now and you will be able to read about these important topics:

  • Same-day cataract surgery for both eyes? When a patient has cataracts in both eyes, the standard approach has been to replace the cloudy lens in one eye and then, in a separate operation later, replace the lens in the other eye. But as surgical techniques and success rates have improved—and as the number of people worldwide who need cataract surgery rises—a growing number of eye surgeons are turning to a seemingly simple alternative: replacing both cataracts during the same operation. Learn the points to consider about the best timing for cataract removal.
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. For people with high cholesterol who are already on a statin, you'll learn what other protective benefits the drug may have against a leading cause of blindness.
  • For years, medicated eyedrops had been the mainstay for treating glaucoma. Now, some experts believe a laser procedure may be a better first-choice treatment for open-angle glaucoma, arguing that it has proven to be safe and effective and may be less expensive than medication over time for many patients. Find out about the procedure and get our bottom line advice.
  • Protecting your vision if you have diabetes. Learn four steps to slow—or halt—the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

The 2018 Vision White Paper is designed to help you ensure the best outcome. Use what you learn to help you:

  • Recognize and respond to symptoms and changes as they occur.
  • Communicate effectively with your doctor, ask informed questions and understand the answers.
  • Make the right decisions, based on an understanding of the newest drugs, the latest treatments and surgical techniques, the most promising research.
  • Take control over your condition and act from knowledge, rather than fear.

The following is more of what you'll read in the 2018 Vision White Paper—bringing you the latest news about preventing and treating the major vision disorders that threaten our sight as we age.

  • Don’t let high blood pressure ruin your vision. Get advice on how to keep your blood pressure low and your visual acuity high.
  • Following a Mediterranean-style diet—with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils such as olive oil, and only very modest portions of red meat and refined foods—has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And there’s growing evidence that it may also be linked to a reduced risk of developing a vision disorder that you'll read about in the White Paper.
  • Experimental stem cell therapies hold enormous promise for eventually treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD). But experts warn that untested and unproven treatments currently being offered by largely unregulated, commercial stem cell treatment centers around the country are putting patients at grave risk—and charging lots of money to do so. If you’re considering this treatment find out how to protect yourself.
  • Can glaucoma patients safely and accurately measure their own IOP at home? Find out if recent study results were encouraging.
  • Step by step instructions: How to apply your glaucoma eyedrops.

Look to all of the White Papers for:

  • A thorough overview of the condition, their causes and symptoms ...
  • Research based on an understanding of the newest drugs, the latest treatments and the most promising research ...
  • Groundbreaking new research and a review of the latest studies ...
  • A glossary of medical terms you need to understand ...
  • Lists of health information organizations and support groups that specialize in the disorder ...

But that's not all! Order now, and you'll also receive this
FREE Health Tips as an instant download:

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FREE Vision Health Tips:

Eye Problems and Solutions

Eye Problems and Solutions is our gift to you just for ordering the 2018 Vision White Paper. You'll discover:

  • Eye Care Professionals: Who Does What?
    It's easy to confuse ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians, but each has a distinct role in managing vision problems.
  • Remedies for Red Eye
    Allergic conjunctivitis is a common cause of red, itchy eyes, but it is also highly treatable.
  • Relief for Dry Eye
    Dry eye is a common problem in older people, but many treatments are available.
  • Helping Relatives With Low Vision
    Having a family member with vision loss can be stressful, but knowing how to care for your loved one—as well as yourself—can help you cope.
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