Historically, eye diseases have been difficult to diagnose in people who don’t have easy access to trained eye doctors and specialized medical diagnostic equipment, such as those living a long distance from medical facilities or in rural areas. But that trend has changed. Health professionals now can use their smartphones to help detect eye problems.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first eye exam by age 1, the next one at 3 years old and another before starting kindergarten. After that, students should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to evaluate their total vision—not just a screening to check their ability to see.
The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis, and it’s an infection that affects the inside of the eyelid and the thin, clear covering of the white part of the eye (called the conjunctiva). When the tissue becomes inflamed, the blood vessels swell and turn red, making the white area of the eye look pink.
As people age, they are more likely to experience a serious eye problem that can result in diminished or permanent vision loss. The National Eye Institute reports that visual impairment often is caused by eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Many people believe that vision problems occur mostly as you age. Although older individuals are at increased risk for several eye diseases, vision problems can occur at any age.
For individuals diagnosed with cancer, one of the nagging concerns is whether it will spread to other parts of the body. Although body scans can be performed to identify cancer cells, most tests can only show active growth areas.
There is new hope for individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that impacts the lives of more than 1.75 million Americans. By 2020, medical professionals predict this number to climb to more than 3 million.
Glaucoma is a silent killer of sight. It is an eye disease that attacks the eye’s optic nerve – a vital nerve that sends signals to the retina, where they are interpreted as the images we see.
In 2000, the world as we knew it changed with the introduction of smartphone technology. Cell phone users quickly became addicted to their smartphones, which offered instant information, games, and a variety of helpful applications (apps) designed to enhance and improve life.
According to a survey conducted earlier this year by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), more than half of the respondents indicated they had skipped or reduced the number of visits to their doctor’s offices in order to save money.