Whether someone is eight or 80, eye exams are critical for healthy eyes and vision. In honor of National Eye Exam Month in August, schedule your eye exam today and make an eye exam part of your preventative care routine.
Wearing sunscreen, properly hydrating and taking time out of the sun are some of the best ways to protect ourselves from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays during the summer. However, protection doesn’t stop at the skin. This UV Safety Awareness Month, we must not forget the value of protecting our eyes from the sun.
Virtual eye care options have become critical components of holistic health, and cutting-edge managed care organizations like Versant Health are leading the charge in innovative and technology-driven ways to engage members in their vision health.
Cataracts are common in older adults, affecting almost 50% of the population aged 80 and over. Although cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, accounting for more than 40% of cases, they are also one of the most treatable serious eye conditions.
According to The Lighthouse Guild, every year 100,000 eye injuries in the U.S. are related to sports activities, and of those injuries, around 13,500 lead to some degree of permanent vision loss. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that an estimated 90% of serious eye injuries sustained during sports could be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. However, new treatments have dramatically changed the course of this disease over the last 10 years, making AMD more manageable than ever before. The key to saving your sight is early detection combined with treatments based on modern medicine.
Glaucoma damages the optic nerve in your eye. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain, allowing you to see clearly. Glaucoma occurs when fluid builds up in your eye, increasing the eye’s pressure. This increase in pressure slowly damages the millions of fibers that make up your eye’s optic nerve.
The holidays create an environment ripe for accidental injury. In addition to kitchen fires, road accidents, and slip and fall incidents, there were 150,000 toy-related emergency department-treated injuries to children in 2020. It’s important to be mindful in your holiday shopping for presents, and help prevent accidental pain and suffering caused by gift-giving.