Eye Care Updates

reading glasses
15Sep, 2016

BY 2050

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This week’s column emphasizes the importance of regular eye exams. The physicians and staff at MAYO EYE CENTER make a special effort to explain everything to you regarding your condition, medications, treatment, surgery, etc. If you are unsure or do not understand something, please do not hesitate to ask us.
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Contacts
8Sep, 2016

“SMART” CONTACTS

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One of the ways that ophthalmologists assess glaucoma patients’ risk of blindness is to monitor their “intraocular pressure” (inner eye pressure), which can rise high enough to damage their optic nerves. Such is the case with patients suffering from “open-angle glaucoma,” which accounts for about 90% of all cases. With this most common form of glaucoma, the eyes’ drainage canals become blocked over time, causing an increase of intraocular pressure and any resultant optic-nerve damage. With all this in mind, it is quite notable that researchers have recently developed a […]
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smoking
9Aug, 2016

SMOKING’S EFFECT SIMILAR TO GLAUCOMA

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As if anyone needed another reason to give up the smoking habit, new research suggests that smoking damages the eyes in a way that resembles the effects of the early stages of glaucoma. In particular, researchers focused on smoking’s effect on the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), which collects visual impulses from “photoreceptors” (light-sensitive cells known as “rods” and “cones”) and ganglion cells in the retina and transmits these impulses to the optic nerve. The RNFL of smokers who had smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for […]
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bi-section of eyeball
29Oct, 2015

DIABETIC EYE DISEASE

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“Diabetic eye disease” refers to a group of eye problems. These include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and blindness. Diabetic individuals with proliferative retinopathy can reduce their risk of blindness by 95 percent with timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care.
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