Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States among adults aged 20 to 74 and is the fifth most common cause of preventable blindness globally. Among the 30 million Americans with diabetes, about one-third have diabetic retinopathy, the potentially blinding complication of diabetes.
Halloween is just around the corner, and many Texans might be tempted to purchase costume or decorative contact lenses as part of their costume. But the reality is that a contact lens is a medical device that requires proper fitting and a prescription by an eye care professional, such as an ophthalmologist. Otherwise, an improperly worn contact lens can cause damage to an eye.
Regular eye exams may do more than simply catch vision problems: A new study is the latest evidence that certain types of vision problems may indicate an elevated risk of dementia.
Physicians have long observed a link between vision loss and cognitive decline, and many studies have demonstrated that older adults with impaired vision feature twice the risk of developing conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
It’s back-to-school time, and parents may wonder whether their child should undergo a full eye exam, also known as a comprehensive eye exam, as a preventive measure. If a child is having vision problems, he or she should be seen by an eye professional experienced in the care of children for an exam. As an effective safety net, all Texas children undergo vision screenings during their school years to identify problems that don’t always have symptoms.
The first half of the summer featured an unusual amount of rain and cloud cover. But the reality of the hot Texas summer is now starting to set in for much of the state: We have many weeks of hot, sunny days ahead of us.
When it comes to the summer sun, protecting our skin with sunscreen and shade gets much of the attention. But our eyes, which can face just as much damage as our skin from UV light, often do not receive the same level of attention.
We often hear about the “three O’s” in eye care: ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. While only ophthalmologists attend medical school, all three professionals fulfill vital roles in the delivery of eye care.
It is easy for the public to confuse the different roles.
Advancements in medical technology, including the advent of laser surgery, have made many surgeries more convenient and less painful for patients. When it comes to the eyes, Ophthalmologists can make laser surgery look deceptively easy. Some observers even mischaracterize laser surgery as a “low risk” event. While it is true that laser surgery typically comes with fewer complications, it is still a serious surgery with all of the inherent risks of traditional surgery.