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Silverstein Eye Centers Blog

Greater Kansas City, Missouri

Diet and age-related macular degeneration

Thu, 02/06/2014

Age-related macular degeneration is responsible for about half of all cases of blindness in people over the age of 40 in developed countries, with more than 6% of Americans developing the disease at some point in their lives. Macular degeneration is a disease in which the macula, a small part of the retina inside the eye, erodes over time. As the macula becomes more and more damaged, the field of vision begins to diminish. Unfortunately, the disease often progresses quickly, so early recognition and treatment is essential.

Eating for healthy eyes

Tue, 02/04/2014

While you were growing up, your mother told you to eat your vegetables, and it was good advice. While most of us understand that eating healthy foods has an impact on our waistlines, we often forget that our diet also is tied to our vision. A healthy diet will help preserve your vision for the future, and in some cases may help slow disease in the eyes.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) Part II – Treatment and Preventing the Spread of Infection

Thu, 01/30/2014

In our last post, we discussed the symptoms and diagnosis of conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye. While this infection is more common among children, it can affect anyone. Regardless of how you or your loved ones may have contracted conjunctivitis, there are treatment options. Along with treatment, anyone with conjunctivitis needs to also follow a good hygiene routine in order to prevent the spread of infection.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) Part I – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Tue, 01/28/2014

At first, maybe you thought the mild itching in your eye was just related to your allergies or lack of sleep. Over the course of the day, however, the itching has intensified — you can barely keep your fingers away from your eyes as the need to rub them is almost overwhelming.

Then, you look in the mirror — the whites of your eyes are turning pink. Around the edges, you have discharge and crusty material. The itching just won’t stop, and in fact, is getting worse. Now you’re tearing up and your eyes are mildly swollen.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Options

Thu, 01/23/2014

In a previous post, we discussed the causes and warning signs of macular degeneration with a brief discussion about treatment options. Today we will go more in depth regarding treatment. Early diagnosis is critical to slowing the progression of AMD.

Glaucoma Treatment

Tue, 01/21/2014

Previously we discussed the causes and early warning signs of glaucoma, as well as a brief overview of treatment options. Today we will dive more deeply into treatment options. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for glaucoma, but if it is caught early enough, proper intervention can slow its progress, preserving vision for as long as possible.

Cataract Surgery Overview

Thu, 01/16/2014

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness in the United States among seniors, and are treated with surgery. Cataract removal is one of the most common surgeries in the United States with a proven record of safety and effectiveness. Cataract surgery involves the replacement of the natural lens in your eye with an artificial lens. For those who have undergone cataract surgery, 90% have improved vision afterwards.

Glaucoma: Warning signs, risk factors, and treatment options

Tue, 01/14/2014

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, which makes this the perfect time to make an appointment with your eye doctor for your regular eye exam. It is estimated that up to 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but many aren’t aware they have this common eye disease. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, there are proven treatment options available if it is caught early enough.

Cataracts: Early warning signs and risk factors

Thu, 01/09/2014

You find yourself holding the morning paper closer to your face in order to read it. Driving home at night, you are constantly squinting to read signs and to avoid the glare of headlights from other cars. You can no longer follow the golf ball after you swing your club.

Are any of these annoyances familiar? They may be early signs of cataracts, the leading cause of blindness throughout the world. And, if you are 65 or older, you are especially at risk for developing cataracts, and eventually needing cataract surgery.

Age-related macular degeneration: Warning signs and risk factors

Tue, 01/07/2014

It is normal for our vision to change as we age. Unfortunately, these changes often include vision loss. In age-related macular degeneration (AMD), vision loss occurs in the central vision, resulting in a loss in the ability to see sharp or fine details. It is most common in those over 60, thus the reason it is called “age-related.” As with other eye disorders, regular eye exams are necessary for recognizing and treating age-related macular degeneration before it’s too late. Undetected and untreated, age-related macular degeneration may lead to blindness.

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