Posts Tagged ‘vision’

New evidence indicates that many age related eye problems may be preventable

Monday, December 13th, 2010

A study at the University of Iceland found that “over one in 10 people in their 60s and nearly one in four in their late 70s have an early form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).” According to study author Dr. Fridbert Jonasson, other recent studies have found that antioxidants and a diet rich in “fatty fish” may lower the risk of AMD. He noted that early detection of AMD “means that we can start this treatment early, so hopefully reduce the risk of late AMD.” Click below for a Medline report.


The results of two recent studies could help older adults protect their vision

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has published the results of two recent studies that could help older adults protect their vision. In the first study, researchers at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, found that the “Omega-3s in fish and seafood may protect seniors’ eyes.” The second study, from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, shows that “a test that measures the functionality of the eye’s retinal nerve cells may” could help provide early detection of glaucoma. Click below for a Eurekalert report on both studies.


A new study indicates that perceptual learning may help to reverse age-related decline in vision.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Boston University “found that with just two days of training, in one-hour sessions with difficult stimuli, resulted in older subjects seeing as well as younger college-age subjects.” G. John Andersen, professor of psychology at UCR noted that “the improvement was maintained for up to three months.” Please click below for a report from the UCR Newsroom.
NOTE: Perceptual learning has been described as performance changes brought about through practice or experience, that improve an organism’s ability to respond to its environment.


Simulators can help us better understand conditions that affect vision

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Eye Care America has provided simulators that can help us better understand several common conditions that affect vision. Their simulators give insight into what it’s like to live with conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and others. Please click below to visit the glaucoma simulator. Links to other simulators are available on the glaucoma page.