Low Vision News Recap – May 2014

Below is a compilation of news you can use relating to low vision and eye health in the month of May.

What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Fox News
Cataracts are a very common low vision condition , affecting roughly 60 percent of people over the age of 60. As symptoms of the condition become severe, healthcare professionals may recommend replacing the affected lens with an artificial one during cataract surgery.

Why Shades are So Important to Your Health (Plus, a Few Stylin’ Sunnies We Love!)
Do you wear sunglasses only sometimes? You could be putting yourself at major risk for sunburn of the eye, damage to the retina, cataracts, macular degeneration and squamous cell carcinoma, all of which can have a negative effect on your ability to see clearly. A new report from The Vision Council shows that nearly 30 percent of Americans never wear sunglasses and 46 percent don’t wear them regularly, putting vision health at risk.

Senior Drivers Dread Conversation About Handing Over Keys
Detroit Free Press
Driving is very important in maintaining independence and sense of self for many aging adults. However, low vision conditions such as cataracts cause nighttime glare to inhibit the ability to drive safely. It is important for children of aging adults to understand this and work with their parents to make the appropriate adjustments while also helping them to stay independent and lead active lives.

Screenings Key to Preventing Vision Loss with Glaucoma
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, but with no warning signs many people with the disease may not be receiving treatment. Glaucoma affects about two to three percent of the population over 40 and about 15 percent of people over 80. Similar to high blood pressure, the condition is a silent offender. Most people have no idea there is a problem until they start losing vision. Getting screened is important as it is the only way to detect and treat the disease in its early stages?



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