Vision Loss Can Put Seniors at Risk for Other Physical and Psychological Dangers - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart May 31, 2013
While it is commonly known that blindness and vision problems increase rapidly with age – particularly after age 65 – a lesser known fact is that vision loss is associated with a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions, falls, injuries, depression and social isolation. As part of an overall health-maintenance strategy, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urges seniors to have a comprehensive eye exam, especially if they have not had one in the past two years.
 
New Research Characterizes Glaucoma as Neurologic Disorder - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Mar 8, 2012
A new paradigm to explain glaucoma is rapidly emerging, and it is generating nerve cell-based treatment advances that may ultimately vanquish the disease known as the “sneak thief of sight.” A review now available in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, reports that some top researchers no longer think of glaucoma solely as an eye disease. Instead, they view it as a neurologic disorder that causes nerve cells to degenerate and die, similar to what occurs in Parkinson disease and in Alzheimer’s.
 
American Academy of Ophthalmology Launches Spanish Eye Health Website to Combat Eye Disease in Latino Communities - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Feb 7, 2012
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, has launched OjosSanos, a Spanish-language version of its EyeSmart® website, in order to empower Latinos with the most trusted and accurate eye health information on the web. The organization’s effort is in response to ongoing research showing that Latinos have a high incidence of eye disease.
 
Ophthalmologists Offer Toy-buying Tips to Keep Children’s Eyes Safe this Holiday Season - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Nov 29, 2011
As the holiday season approaches, parents across the United States are making their lists for Santa in hopes of making a happy occasion for their youngsters. During this holiday season, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding parents about the dangers that toys may pose to children’s eyes and offers its top five tips on how to choose safe toys for gift giving.
 
How Space Flight Implacts Astronauts' Eyes and Vision - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Nov 3, 2011
A new study sponsored by NASA finds that space flights lasting six months or more can cause a spectrum of changes in astronauts’ visual systems. Some problems, including blurry vision, appear to persist long after astronauts’ return to Earth. The results are affecting plans for long-duration manned space voyages, such as a trip to Mars.
 
“Eyes of War” Exhibit Highlights Ophthalmology’s Contributions during World War II - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Nov 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – An ophthalmic history exhibit created by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Museum of Vision will be featured on the Museum’s website throughout the month of November in recognition of Veterans Day. The online exhibit, titled “Eyes of War,” explores the sacrifices and contributions of ophthalmologists as well as ophthalmic innovations made during World War II.
 
Ophthalmologists Provide Free Eye Exams in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Help Prevent Blindness Caused by Diabetes - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Nov 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – An estimated 26 million Americans have diabetes, with the number expected to significantly grow in the future. If current trends continue, 15 percent of American adults ? or more than 37 million Americans ? will be living with diabetes by the end of 2015. One serious consequence of this disease that affects many people is vision loss or blindness due to a condition called diabetic retinopathy.
 
American Academy of Ophthalmology Warns About the Risks Associated with Transforming Your Eyes This Halloween - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Oct 3, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – Each year, as Halloween approaches, revelers find new and interesting ways to enhance their costumes. Many have turned to decorative contact lenses to complete their ghoulish or fantasy-like looks. Topping off a costume with blood-drenched vampire eyes, glow-in-the-dark lizard lenses or maybe even the newest fad, circle lenses are all cool and trendy options. But most people do not know the sight-stealing consequences behind making these choices. Obtaining decorative lenses including colored contacts and novelty or costume lenses without a prescription is dangerous. And circle lenses, which are becoming increasingly popular with teenage girls, are not FDA-approved. Websites often advertise decorative contacts as if they were cosmetics, fashion accessories or toys. With whimsical, playful packaging and names like Dolly Eyes, their targets are often teens and young adults.
 
Museum of Vision Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s Seventh Annual Museum Day - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Sep 15, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, the Museum of Vision, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s seventh annual Museum Day. The Museum of Vision will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide, including six San Francisco museums, in opening their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket from the Smithsonian Museum Day web site: www.smithsonian.com/museumday
 
Prevent the Spread of Pink Eye As Children Head Back to School - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Sep 13, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - September 12, 2011 - According to the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed annually in U.S. public schools due to the spread of infectious diseases. An astonishing 3 million of those school days are lost as a result of acute conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye.”
 
Ophthalmic Heritage to be Highlighted at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in Orlando - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Sep 13, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - September 13, 2011- The Museum of Vision, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, will be showcasing a very special exhibit at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2011 Annual Meeting in October in Orlando. The Museum’s “Picturing the Eye: Ophthalmic Photography and Film” exhibit will explore the extraordinary power of ophthalmic imaging through photography and film.
 
Keep an Eye on UV Safety - American Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips for safe fun in the sun - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Aug 31, 2011
As you rub sunscreen on to protect your skin this summer, don’t forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and growths on the eye, including cancer.
 
Museum of Vision Provides Free Curriculum Guides in Honor of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Aug 23, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Obesity affects a child’s overall health. In fact, if this trend continues, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.
 
Half of Chicago Residents will Develop an Eye Disease in Their Lifetime - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jun 2, 2011
Half of all Chicago residents will develop and eye disease in their lifetime. Left undetected, these diseases, like cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy, can cause significant vision loss or blindness.
 
Free Vision Screening Program Comes to Chicago on June 11 - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart May 27, 2011
CHICAGO--The American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) and the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology (IAO) will bring a new screening initiative, EyeSmart® EyeCheck, a program created to combat undetected eye disease and visual impairment among at-risk populations in the United States, to Chicago. The free vision screening will take place on Saturday, June 11 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church at 4301 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago.
 
Don’t Let an Eye Injury Ruin Your Game - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Apr 14, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – From major league baseball stadiums to small town softball fields, athletes are competing against each other, building physical fitness, entertaining millions and teaching the value of hard work and teamwork.
 
Study Offers First Look at Asian Americans’ Glaucoma Risk - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Apr 4, 2011
Little was known about glaucoma risks for Asian Americans until a National Eye Institute funded study published recently in Ophthalmology journal (online). By reviewing insurance records of more than 44,000 Asian Americans older than 40, the researchers found their glaucoma risk to be 6.5 percent, about the same as U.S. Latinos.
 
Are You at Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? Learn the Top 5 Risk Factors - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Mar 7, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO—Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe vision loss among Americans ages 65 and over. Knowing your risk factors, being aware of your family history, and keeping regular appointments with your Eye M.D. can help reduce your risks for vision loss from macular degeneration. In its most severe form, known as wet AMD, the disease can lead to permanent loss of central vision which is essential for driving, reading, and recognizing faces.
 
Rare, but Effective: Corneal Transplant Can Help Kids' Vision, Life Quality - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Mar 1, 2011
Teens, children, and even infants sometimes require corneal transplants, although most such surgeries are performed in adults. Australian researchers led by Keryn A. Williams, PhD, tracked transplant success and visual outcomes in 640 young patients who received new corneas between 1985 and 2009.
 
One Donor Cornea, Two Patients Helped - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Feb 4, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–German researcher Claus Cursiefen, MD, who is also an adjunct scientist with Harvard-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute, reports good results with a surgical strategy that uses a single donor cornea to help two patients with differing corneal diseases. The study appears in February's Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 
Don’t Lose Sight of Your Eye Health - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jan 28, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- For many people, good vision means good eye health but that may not always be the case. Regular eye exams can catch problems before it’s too late. If you are age 40 or older and have not had a recent eye disease screening, The American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) recommends making an appointment for an eye exam. It is an essential step toward preserving vision and keeping eyes healthy and there is no better time than February’s Save Your Vision Month.
 
New Screen for Genetic Retinal Diseases; & a "Scorecard" for Cataract Surgery Success - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jan 5, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–This month’s Ophthalmology reports on new tools designed to advance diagnosis and care in two important areas: inherited retinal diseases and cataract surgery. Ophthalmology is the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 
Knowing Your Risks Can Stop the Sneak Thief of Sight - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jan 4, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO — Glaucoma is a silent illness; most people have no early symptoms and do not notice as their peripheral vision diminishes or blind spots occur. The disease affects more than 2.3 million Americans age 40 and older. Another 2 million do not know they have the disease. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and through the EyeSmart™ Campaign, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, want to remind people that knowing your risk for the disease can save your sight. If untreated, glaucoma ultimately results in blindness.
 
Omega-3s in Fish, Seafood May Protect Seniors' Eyes; A New Test May Catch Glaucoma Early - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Dec 1, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Seniors interested in lifestyle choices that help protect vision will be encouraged by a new Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study, and people concerned about glaucoma can take heart from work on early detection by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Both studies are published in the December issue of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 
Glaucoma Patients Are Prone to Other Serious IllnessesIs Photoscreening the Best Way to Catch "Lazy Eye" in Young Kids? - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Nov 1, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—A nationwide study in Taiwan compared glaucoma patients with people who did not have this eye disease and found that the glaucoma patients were significantly more likely to have other serious health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers and/or liver disease. The study is published in November's Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 
On World Sight Day, a Reminder that Earlier Eye Disease Detection Means a Better Chance of Saving VisionIs Photoscreening the Best Way to Catch "Lazy Eye" in Young Kids? - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Oct 14, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO-October 14 is World Sight Day and through its EyeSmart™ campaign the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that a baseline eye exam is a simple yet important measure for protecting your vision. Worldwide, 314 million people are visually impaired, of whom 45 million are blind.
 
Is Photoscreening the Best Way to Catch "Lazy Eye" in Young Kids? - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Oct 1, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Amblyopia, known as "lazy eye," is a major cause of vision problems in children and a common cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 70 in developed countries. In amblyopia the person's stronger eye is favored and his/her weaker eye gradually loses visual power as a result. When the condition is detected and treated before age 7, more than 75 percent of children achieve 20/30 vision or better, the Amblyopia Treatment Study reports. But parents and teachers can easily miss this problem–especially in very young children. Pediatric ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s), pediatricians, family doctors and educators are looking for the best, most cost-effective ways to detect amblyopia as early as possible. October's Ophthalmology journal reports on Iowa's KidSight program, the largest, longest study of the use of photoscreening to detect amblyopia in children aged 6 months to 6 years.
 
New Data Will Help Predict Vision Loss in Glaucoma - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Sep 1, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Eye M.D.s are intent on finding better ways to diagnose and treat glaucoma, a complex, potentially blinding disease. September's Ophthalmology journal includes new data from the Rotterdam Study that will help doctors better predict visual field loss in glaucoma patients. Johannes R. Vingerling, MD, PhD, Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands, and his colleagues followed 6,630 participants for ten years. The patients had optic nerve damage but no VFL when they joined the study. Ophthalmology is the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 
Statement from the American Academy of Ophthalmology regarding Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy in the United States, an Analysis of 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Aug 10, 2010
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) considers this study reliable evidence that diabetic retinopathy and vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy are increasing in adults over age 40 in the United States and that more Americans, especially non-Hispanic black Americans, will be vulnerable to potentially-blinding diabetic retinopathy in coming years. The Academy reminds those who have diabetes or are at risk for the disease–especially people with black, Latino, Native American or Pacific Islander heritage–that having an annual dilated eye exam by an Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) is an important step toward protecting their eyes and vision, along with proper medical care, careful glycemic (blood sugar) control, and other lifestyle choices that reduce the health impacts of diabetes.
 
Body Weight May Affect Glaucoma Risk; New Retinal "Map" May Help Severely Nearsighted Patients - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Aug 2, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—This month's Ophthalmology includes surprising research from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary on the relation of body weight to the risk for glaucoma. Also, researchers at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University report on the first specific map of myopic maculopathy, an illness that affects many severely nearsighted people. Their report also discusses the "map" as a tool for predicting which myopic maculopathy patients will be most likely to lose vision from the illness. Ophthalmology is the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
 
First EyeSmart™ EyeCheck Vision Screenings Conducted in Los Angeles - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jul 28, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO –On July 25th, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) and its partners conducted the first EyeSmart™ EyeCheck vision screening. The program, which was announced in May, was created to combat undetected eye disease and visual impairment among at-risk populations in the United States. With new research from the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES) showing that Latinos have higher rates of visual impairment, the initial emphasis for the EyeSmart EyeCheck program is on the Latino community.
 
Keep an Eye on UV Safety - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jul 8, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO – As you rub sunscreen on to protect your skin this summer, don't forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and growths on the eye, including cancer.
 
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals this Fourth of July - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jul 2, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - Each Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured from using consumer fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 9,000 fireworks-related injuries happen each year. Of these, nearly half are head-related injuries with nearly 30 percent of these injuries to the eyes. One-fourth of fireworks eye injuries result in permanent vision loss or blindness.
 
"Preconditioning" the Cornea: a New Key to Transplant Success? - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart Jul 1, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Although it is already one of medicine's most successful transplant procedures, doctors continue to seek ways to improve corneal transplants. A new report by German and British researchers shows that transplanted corneas are more likely to fail or be rejected in patients whose eyes exhibit abnormal vessel growth, called corneal neovascularization, before surgery. The team's meta-analysis of recent studies appears in July Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Their findings also suggest a new treatment that could improve transplant success rates.

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