On its website, KDKA-TV Pittsburgh (1/12) reported that next-generation contact lenses, “called ‘smart lenses’…are packed with circuits, sensors and wireless technology — all designed to keep an eye on your health.” Researchers are now testing contact lenses that may someday “replace the standard blood test,” pointing out that “biomarkers found in the blood — such as cholesterol, sodium, potassium and glucose — can also be found on the surface of the eye.” Currently, one type of smart contact lens already out on the market in Europe monitors eye pressure over the course of a day. Called the Trigger Fish, it can diagnose glaucoma. Contact lenses still in the developmental stage may one day slowly release eye medication over a long period of time.
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A comprehensive eye exam looks at many facets of” both eye and overall health. The eyes “hold clues to other events in the body, and the condition of the body affects the eyes. This is important, because some conditions, particularly circulatory issues” and diabetes, may seriously affect vision and the eyes themselves. Often, early signs these diseases will first show up in the eyes. An annual comprehensive eye exam is one of the best early detection methods available. If you want to save money, save it by skipping a dining excursion out on the town, but don’t neglect your eye health.
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In the Healthbeat column in Iowa’s Quad City Times (1/8), Deirdre Cox Baker observed that having the eyes dilated as part of an eye examination is a “weird experience,” as well as a necessary one, because “glaucoma — one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States — can be caught if a doctor uses dilation to clearly see the retina, optic nerve, and vessels in the back of the eye.” While “glaucoma is not preventable…it can be controlled to some extent if detected early.” According to the American Optometric Association, “there are two types of glaucoma,” a “common kind” that “develops painlessly and gradually, typically without symptoms,” and another kind that comes on “rapidly,” with symptoms including “blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision, colored rings around lights, and pain or redness in the eyes.”
Glaucoma leading cause of preventable blindness in the U.K., eye experts say.
The BBC (10/9) reported that, according to eye experts, “up to half a million people in England and Wales risk losing their sight because they have undiagnosed glaucoma.” The condition, which is the “leading cause of preventable blindness in the U.K.,” is “caused by too much pressure inside the eye,” and can affect “those who are already short-sighted, the over 40s, people with diabetes, and those of African-Caribbean origin.” A recent survey by the pharmaceutical company “Pfizer suggests a third of people do not know” the symptoms of glaucoma. In fact, “fewer than half of those surveyed had undergone an eye test within the last five to 10 years, with one in five saying they would only visit the optician if a problem was obvious.” Meanwhile, “a simulation developed at City University in London shows how badly glaucoma can affect driving” by creating “a ‘tunnel vision’ effect.” The article features a video which depicts “how a driver experiences tunnel vision.”
In the Ask an Optometrist column in Canada’s Midland Free Press (9/17), Lillian Linton, O.D. pointed out that “common eye conditions affecting” aging “baby boomers can include glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.” She reminded readers that the “only definitive way to diagnose your condition is to visit your optometrist to be tested.” Optometrists “use a number of techniques to assess any potential vision or eye health problems, and will keep a file of that information in order to keep track of changes in” future “eye health or vision.”
Glaucoma may strike at any age, article points out.
UPI (12/24) reports that glaucoma, “often associated with the elderly, can strike at any age,” according to “officials at the Chicago-based Prevent Blindness America,” who “say glaucoma causes loss of sight by slowly damaging the optic nerve, which results in loss of peripheral vision.” If the condition is “not treated central vision can be lost as well.” While there is currently “no cure for glaucoma,” early treatment “can lessen the risk of severe vision loss.”
South Carolina Now /WBTW-TV (12/18, Boone) reported that glaucoma, “a leading cause of blindness,” is “not preventable,” but “can be treated if detected early.” According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), “glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that occur when internal pressure in the eye increases enough to cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to loss of nerve tissue, resulting in vision loss.” The AOA points out that primary open-angle glaucoma, “the most common type,” comes on “gradually and painlessly, usually without symptoms.” Acute angle-closure glaucoma, however, “occurs rapidly, and its symptoms may include blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision, seeing colored rings around lights, and pain or redness in the eyes.” “African-Americans over age 40,” anyone older than age 60, and “people with a family history of glaucoma” are more likely to develop the condition. Treatment options include “prescription eye drops and medicines to lower pressure in the eyes,” or even “laser treatment or surgery.”