Topic: vision problems

Zika Virus

Can the Zika Virus Affect Vision?

The Zika virus spreads through a bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes species. Although few people exhibit any noticeable physical symptoms of the disease, health experts believe infected adults and children born with Zika may experience vision problems.   Background Zika originally was discovered in 1947 in monkeys living in the Zika Forest … Read Full Article

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Do Digital Devices Cause Vision Problems?

How many hours do you spend each day staring at digital devices? Researchers at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York report that Americans are exhausting their eyes because of too much screen time, which can cause vision problems. The Vision Council surveyed 9,700 adults about the number of hours they spend daily on … Read Full Article

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Why Benefits Are Popular With Employees

More employees are requesting vision benefits. As employees spend more time using digital devices, many are experiencing problems with eyestrain and fatigue. They also are interested in maintaining good vision health and purchasing prescription eyeglasses or contacts in the latest styles. Consider four reasons why employers should provide vision coverage: 1. Productivity – Vision experts report … Read Full Article

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Eye Strain Increases Interest in Vision Benefits

Eye strain is becoming a significant health concern for American workers. The Vision Council states that about 90 percent of adults spend more than two hours daily using computers and digital devices, and 60 percent do so for five or more hours. And these individuals are complaining of a range of vision and physical problems. … Read Full Article

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Warning Signs of Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

Roseanne Barr’s recent announcement that she’s losing her vision and going blind due to glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration surprised many people. Millions of Americans are losing their sight due to eye diseases, but few recognize the signs. As people age, the risk for eye diseases increases. But scheduling eye exams every two years can … Read Full Article

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Nearsightedness and Digital Devices: A Possible Link

Myopia is also known as nearsightedness (the ability to see things close up, but not far away). Vision professionals estimate that over 41 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with this condition, up from 25 percent in the early 1970s. Why? Experts point to increased use of digital devices and decreased time spent outdoors as … Read Full Article

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Using Sound to See

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.