On September 6th, 2014, over 700 friends of the Truman Heartland foundation gathered together to honor its communities most dedicated volunteers. It was a very special evening with heartfelt remarks made by our honorees on the importance of philanthropy . Congratulations Dr. Silverstein on being named Citizen of the Year!
You’ve no doubt heard of glaucoma and the resulting partial or total vision loss that it can cause. You may know that scientists believe it is an inherited disease, and that it can be exacerbated by factors such as smoking, blunt trauma, chemical exposure, and high blood pressure. Did you know, though, that if it’s diagnosed and treated early, glaucoma-related vision loss can be prevented?
How does glaucoma damage your vision?
When you have glaucoma, pressure will build up in your eye and do irreversible damage to the delicate fibers of your optic nerve. When too much damage is done, the optic nerve will no longer be able to transmit signals from the retina to the brain.
Have you ever looked up from reading or staring at a screen for a long time, only to find that far away objects were blurry and hard to focus on? You may think that you’re nearsighted, that you need reading glasses, and that you need to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist.
Well, you’re right about one thing -- you definitely need to go see your eye doctor. However, the solution to your problem may not be corrective lenses. You may actually just need to do some eye exercises to strengthen the muscles around your eyes and relieve strain.
Some of the problems that eye exercises can improve include:
Diabetic retinopathy – sometimes called diabetic eye disease – occurs when the blood vessels of the retina are damaged due to high blood glucose (sugar) levels over a prolonged period of time. When these cells are damaged, the retina is no longer able to receive the nutrients it needs to function properly. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can result in permanent partial or total vision loss.
Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid diabetic eye disease. Not only is it preventable, but if caught early, an ophthalmologist can treat it to reverse the damage or at least halt its progress.
Visit your eye doctor at least once a year
All adults who wear contacts or glasses should visit their eye doctors at least once every two years, if not annually. People living with diabetes should make an annual appointment for a screening to test for diabetic retinopathy and vision problems. Just getting screened for the problem will not prevent diabetic eye disease or other vision problems, but it ensures that your doctor can detect problems early on for the best possible treatments.
As we age, our skin becomes less elastic and begins to sag and wrinkle. You might think that this is only an aesthetic issue, but it can also cause mild to serious vision problems, including dry eyes, sensitivity to light or wind, blocked tear ducts, infections, and even impaired vision.
The skin of your upper lid does not loosen, fold, and droop over the eye in a single day. If it did, you would wake up one morning believing that you had gone blind. Over time, as this skin sags and folds, it does encroach upon your field of vision more and more. Eventually, even if you are not concerned about looking old or tired, a procedure will be necessary if you want to keep your full range of vision.
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