Age -Related Macular Degeneration (AMD ) Facts and Prevention Tips.

Age -Related Macular Degeneration (AMD ) Facts and PRevention tips.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration  (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. It destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeding objects clearly  2.1 million people in the U.S. have AMD.   As the population ages, the number of cases is expected to increase.   The risk factors for Age-Related Macular Degeneration are being over the age of 50, smoking, and family history for AMD. You can reduce your risk of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration by avoiding smoking.  You can also reduce your risk of developing AMD by exercising regularly and maintaining a normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Also, you can reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet that includes leafy green vegetables and fish.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month 👀

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More than 3 million people in the US have glaucoma. Glaucoma has no symptoms and once vision is lost, it is permanent. To prevent it, come in and get a comprehensive eye exams with our docs! #alamoanaeye . . . #hawaii #oahu #honolulu #alamoana #alamoanacenter #hawaiioptometrist #optometrist #optical #eyeglasses #glasses #sunglasses #spectacles #eyewear #frame #eyecare #eyeexam #eyehealth #eyedisease #glaucoma #rhopressa #eyedrops

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Dry eye occurs when there are problems with the production or consistency of tears.

Dry EyesCommon symptoms of dry eyes can be stinging or burning eyes.   This can be accompanied with excessive tearing and a a sandy or gritty sensation; or episodes of blurred vision and redness.  Some of the risk factors for dry eyes are age, hormonal changes, side effects from certain medications and auto-immune disorders, such as arthritis. Nearly 5 million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye.  Of these, more than 3 million are women .  Dry eye is particularly common after menopause.   Dry eye may be increasing among young people due to extended use of computers, tablets, and smart phones. Treatment include topical lubricants and prescription drops that enhance the eye’s tear film.

Today is #WorldSightDay 👀

World sight day

Although it is only one day, it is a great start to bring awareness on blindness and vision impairment! So let us use this day to start a conversation about how we can help others with preventable vision impairment 🤓 #alamoanaeye #worldsightday2019

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Eat eye-healthy foods

It’s true: carrots are good for your eyes! In fact, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables — especially dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale — can help keep your eyes healthy.