The leading cause of blindness for people over 60, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, also called AMD is a disease that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. As the disease advances, one may need brighter light for reading, experience blurriness or see blank or dark spots in vision.
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss for people over 40. A gradual clouding of the eye’s natural lens, they are similar to looking through a smudged camera lens and result in progressive blurring or dimming of vision. Night driving may become difficult or one may see halos or glare around lights. Reading may also become arduous.
Often called “the silent thief of sight” Glaucoma affects three million Americans today and is the second leading cause of blindness. With no early symptoms or warning signs, it is imperative for people 40 years and older to have yearly examinations. Although there is no cure, Glaucoma can be controlled and vision can be preserved if detected and monitored early on.
More than 140 million people in the United States wear eyeglasses. Eyeglasses improve vision by adjusting the way the eyes bend and focus light. A contact lens is a thin, convex disc that floats on the surface of the eye, providing vision correction. With advances in optical technology, most people can use contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems.
The Diopsys® NOVA Vision Testing System is a painless, non-invasive vision test utilizing electrophysiology, called Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) and pattern Electroretinography (ERG).
IPL-Laser treatment for dry eye was found to be effective for several months and up to 1 year. This 5 to 10 minute treatment is painless and causes very few side effects, the worst being some swelling of the area lasting a day or 2.