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Living with Glaucoma: It’s all in the Family

Glaucoma can quietly damage the eye and optic nerve even before a person notices vision problems


With today’s improved treatments, glaucoma patients no longer face inevitable blindness, but preserving vision depends on seeing an Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) at the right time and carefully following a prescribed plan. Glaucoma remains a leading cause of preventable blindness because it often goes undetected---about half of the three million Americans who have the disease are unaware of it. This January during Glaucoma Awareness Month, the EyeSmart campaign of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and Eye Care America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, want to remind people that knowing your risks for glaucoma can save your sight.

Glaucoma can quietly damage the eye and optic nerve even before a person notices vision problems. Such damage cannot be reversed once it occurs. As is true for other chronic illnesses, family support from the first diagnosis onward makes a vital difference in a patient’s course of treatment, says Louis B. Cantor, MD, the Jay C. and Lucile L. Kahn Professor of Glaucoma Research and Education at Indiana University, and an Academy clinical correspondent.

“When a patient comes alone to appointments, I know from experience that he or she will probably have a harder time staying on course,” says Dr. Cantor. “If at least one family member is involved, the patient will be much less likely to forget their eye drops or have other lapses that increase the risk of blindness.”

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When is it Time for Cataract Surgery?

Almost everyone who lives a long life will develop cataracts at some point


As more Americans live into their 70s and beyond, we all need to know a few cataract basics: risks and symptoms, tips that may delay onset, and how to decide when it is time for surgery, so good vision can be restored.

August is Cataract Awareness Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages Americans to know their risks, especially people who have diabetes, smoke, or have a family history of cataract.

Cataract surgery is a very common procedure, with a success rate of more than 95 percent,” says Jeffrey Whitman, MD, of the Key-Whitman Eye Center in Dallas, TX, and an Academy clinical correspondent. ”The eye’s natural lens with cataract is removed and replaced by an intraocular lens (IOL), selected to meet each patient’s vision correction needs. Talk with your Eye M.D. about IOL options and related use of eyeglasses, so together you can select the best IOL for you.”

A few simple tips will help you maintain healthy vision and make the right choices if you develop a cataract.

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