Imagine a device that uses sounds or music to allow the blind or those partially blind to visualize and navigate their surroundings. This new technology now is accessible through a smartphone app to help blind people use sound to see.
Children need good vision just to have a better chance to learn. The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that 25 percent of school-age children have a vision problem that may affect their learning and behavior.
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.
Eye floaters can be bothersome, but eye professionals say they are very common and usually are not a cause for concern.
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 years medical professionals have touted the benefits of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart. Now scientists have discovered the hidden value of omega-3 fatty acids in benefiting eye health.
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.