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Dealing with Age-Related Macular Degeneration 101 – (Part Two)

AMD sufferers will likely encourage family members to get their eyes checked more frequently to ensure early detection

When it comes to advanced macular degeneration, there aren’t many positive things to say. It’s a sad subject with more questions than answers. I can usually think of something positive to write about most other eye health topics, but not this one. The best way to deal with AMD is to avoid it altogether. When AMD reaches an advanced stage, it not only affects the individual patient, but family members as well (due to loss of independence). Advanced AMD sufferers need to be supported (by family members) and introduced to low-vision aides (such as handheld magnifiers) as soon as possible. […]

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Dealing with Age-Related Macular Degeneration 101 – (Part One)

Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans

Moving forward, I’ve wanted to talk about Macular Degeneration (AMD) for quite some time. Without question, it’s one of the most debilitating eye diseases an eye care professional will come across. A person suffering from AMD might realize a loss of central vision, which is critical to recognizing faces, or driving a car, or reading a book. AMD can progress quickly and suddenly so it needs to be addressed accordingly and treated as soon as possible. On a personal note, my 97 year old (great) uncle is a WWII veteran who suffers from AMD. He’s legally blind as a result, […]

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Preventing Vision Loss from Glaucoma – (Part One)

Glaucoma is one of the most harmful eye diseases, and it can take you by surprise if not detected early

Out of all the major eye diseases, glaucoma is as harmful as any, and it can certainly take you by surprise. To put it in perspective, think of glaucoma like a heart attack. You can go a long time without thinking or feeling anything is wrong, then one day it hits you. And when it does, it’s too late to reverse the damage. As an eye care provider, my personal experience in treating glaucoma has been nothing short of an eye opener. Some of my hardest days at work were early in my career. Since I’m only human, it would […]

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Preventing Vision Loss from Glaucoma – (Part Two)

The most important thing to understand when dealing with glaucoma is that it can be treated

For now, I’ll use an analogy to explain glaucoma in simpler terms (bare with me). Since glaucoma is the result of pressure buildup in the eye, it’s applicable to think of your eye like a tire. When you add air pressure to a tire, a certain amount is recommended and safe. Now I’m no mechanic, and this isn’t an article about cars, but normal tire pressure is typically between 32 and 36 pounds per square inch, or PSI (give or take). If tire pressure exceeds normal PSI, it may result in problems like premature wear & tear and/or overheating, which […]

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Making a Connection Between Oral Health and Glaucoma

If oral hygiene can be significantly linked to glaucoma, it will provide another tool in the battle against vision loss

I recently came across an article in the Optometry Times entitled: “How Oral and Dental Hygiene Plays a Role in Glaucoma,” by Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO. Interestingly enough, the article talks about a possible link between our “oral biome” (or mouth bacteria – the good, the bad, and the ugly) and one of the more severe ocular diseases (glaucoma). Citing a case-control study (where 119 case subjects with primary open-angle glaucoma and 78 control subjects without glaucoma were tested), researchers found that the case group “had fewer remaining natural teeth than the control group,” which suggests that “having more […]