The Best Just Got Better

Beyer Eye Associates is honored to be awarded Top Eye Care by the Trentonian Readers’ Choice six years in a row. We would like to thank our patients and staff for their commitment and dedication.

Our philosophy has always been that one of life’s most precious gifts is your vision. We continue to promise to provide our patients with the highest level of eye care services, creating unchallenged loyalty, satisfaction, and patient retention. We emphasize integrity, commitment, and performance excellence in a friendly environment, establishing our reputation as a premiere health care destination.

We have three convenient locations: Mercerville, Millstone, and Newtown Pennsylvania. Our expanding services include comprehensive eye care, glasses, contact lenses, treatment of eye diseases and disorders, as well as cataract and eyelid lift surgery.

We offer the latest technology in ophthalmic testing used for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye exams and dry eye.  A small part of our patient services include:

  • Drop-less eye exams with our non-dilating digital retinal camera (Optos) which allows the doctors to view more than 85% of your retina for routine visits.
  • A myopic control program for halting near sightedness progression with the use of custom designed glasses and contacts are available.
  • Cataract patients receive advanced technology lens implants for the treatment of astigmatism and extended depth of focus, giving patients back their youthful vision.
  • We are one of the few offices that are using electroretinography to detect subnormal function of the retina and optic nerve.

 

Dr William R Beyer Jr. has been in practice for over 40 years in Mercer County.  In January of 2014, with the proud addition of his two sons, Mark, and Eric, we became Beyer Eye Associates. We use state-of-the-art electronic medical records system which allows office visit summaries, prescriptions, and referrals readily available to the patient at the time of the visit.

We welcome Dr. Peter Perno to our family, our third comprehensive optometrist.  He will be providing primary eyecare, contact lens fitting for corneal disorders and progression of myopia using corneal reshaping. He brings with him his exceptional educational background and experience. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. In 2016 he graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with clinical honors for pediatric and ocular disease rotations. He also completed additional training at the New England College of Optometry and residency with Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Thank you for acknowledging our practice as Top Eye Care as we continue to strive and do better for our patients and the community we serve.

Call any of our 3 convenient locations to speak to our expert staff to determine your family’s eye care needs.

 

Mercerville NJ

395 Highway 33
Mercerville NJ 08619

609-586-0273
609-981-7183

Millstone NJ

498 Monmouth Rd
Millstone NJ 08510

609-259-2221

Newtown PA

11 Friends Lane, Suite 101
Newtown PA 18940

215-550-6136

July is Healthy Vision Month By Beyer Eye Associates

Keep Your Eyes Healthy

There’s a lot you can do to keep your eyes healthy and protect your vision.

Get a comprehensive eye exam

Getting an eye exam is simple and painless — and it’s the single best thing you can do for your eye health!

Even if your eyes feel healthy, you could have a problem and not know it. That’s because many eye diseases don’t have any symptoms or warning signs.

An eye exam is the only way to check for many eye diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.

Find out if you’re at risk for eye diseases

Getting older increases your risk of some eye diseases. You might also have a higher risk of some eye diseases if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have a family history of eye disease
  • Are African American, Hispanic, or Native American

Other health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure, can also increase your risk of some eye diseases. For example, people with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy — an eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness.

If you’re worried you might be at risk for some eye diseases, talk to your doctor. You may be able to take steps to lower your risk.

Know your family’s health history. Talk with your family members to find out if they’ve had any eye problems. Some eye diseases and conditions run in families, like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma. Be sure to tell your eye doctor if any eye diseases run in your family.

Take care of your health

Protecting your overall health can go a long way toward keeping your eyes healthy! It’s important to make healthy choices and take good care of yourself.

Keep in mind that healthy habits like eating well and being active can lower your risk for diseases and conditions that can lead to eye or vision problems, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Follow these tips for healthy vision:

Eat healthy foodsBe sure to have plenty of dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens. Eating fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids — like salmon, tuna, and halibut — is good for your eyes, too.

Get active. Being physically active helps you stay healthy. It can also lower your risk of health conditions that can cause eye health or vision problems — like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Quit smokingSmoking isn’t just bad for your lungs — it can hurt your eyes, too! Smoking increases your risk of diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts — and it can harm the optic nerve. If you’re ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support. You can also check out the resources on Smokefree.gov

Protect your eyes

Every day, you can take simple steps to keep your eyes healthy. Use these tips to protect your eyes from things that can harm them:

Wear sunglassesProtect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses — even on cloudy days! Be sure to look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation

Wear protective eyewearSafety glasses and goggles are designed to protect your eyes during certain activities, like playing sports, doing construction work, or doing home repairs. You can buy them from most eye care providers and some sporting goods stores. Get tips to protect your kids’ eyes when they play sports

Give your eyes a restLooking at a computer for a long time can tire out your eyes. Rest your eyes by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

If you wear contacts, take steps to prevent eye infections. Always wash your hands before you put your contact lenses in or take them out. Be sure to disinfect your contact lenses and replace them regularly. Learn more about caring for contact lenses

Schedule your appointment and don’t delay. Sponsored by Beyer Eye Associates www.beyereye.com

Source https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/healthy-vision/keep-your-eyes-healthy

 

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If you suffer from cataracts, you now have more options

If you suffer from cataracts, you now have more options during cataract surgery with the latest premium intraocular lens technology.  Beyer Eye Associates is excited to be offering the Alcon ArcySofIQ Vivity lens during cataract surgeries.

Cataracts are cloudy areas in the natural lens that affect vision. When a cataract develops and worsens then the eye’s lens becomes cloudy and hard and doesn’t allow light to pass through, which makes it much harder for you to see. Many cataracts are due to normal aging, but other issues such as radiation exposure, and diabetes can speed up the development. It is a common eye problem and also the leading cause of preventable blindness. Cataracts can be treated by removing the cloudy lens from the eye and then replacing it during surgery with an intraocular lens such as the Vivity Lens. Cataract surgeries have a 98% success rate and patients are able to return to normal routines within 24 hours.

What Is the Vivity Lens?

The new Vivity intraocular lens is the latest generation of lenses used to replace cataracts during cataract surgery. This lens is classified as “Extended Range of Vision.” This means patients will be able to see much better various focal points.

Traditionally, with a standard intraocular lens, patients are only able to see clearly far away without the use of glasses. The ability to see distances or close up without reading glasses is known as presbyopia. The traditional lenses address presbyopia with the use of diffractive technology. The best way to describe this technology is to think of alternative rings of different focusing powers. One set of rings is for focusing on images far away and the other is for objects close up. Only these two distances are in focus and the images in between are blurry. At night, the near-focus rings could even create halos or glare around distant light.

How Does the Vivity Lens Work?

This lens works by bending light rays to allow the focus on the retina. This can correct blurry vision that happens when a cataract is removed and it’s not replaced with an artificial lens. The lens is a great alternative for those that may not be candidates for other mutlifocal or trifocal lens options.

How Is the Vivity Lens Different?

The Vivity lens is a lens that uses proprietary technology called X-Wave. With X-Wave technology, users are now able to see all available light and this results in uninterrupted ranges of vision. This includes when you are in both dim and bright lighting. Using this lens, you are able to achieve excellent in-between and distance vision and can also see up close. If you choose other intraocular lenses, the light is split into many separate focal points. This means that people often see visual aberrations, such as halos, starbursts, or glare, even after the surgery. When patients choose the Vivity lens, there aren’t as many visual disturbances. X-Wave technology also helps protect the eyes from the sun’s UV rays, as well as blue light from your digital devices. The Vivity lens comes in a toric lens model for those with astigmatism to make sure that your astigmatism can be corrected at the same time during the cataract surgery. Another advantage is that it is more forgiving compared to a multifocal lens. If you have mild macular degeneration or dry eyes then a multifocal lens could lead to worse vision. With the Vivity lens, you don’t have these issues.

Are You a Good Candidate for the Vivity Lens?

In order to know if you are the right fit for the Vivity lens, it’s best to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist. This lens may not be the right fit for you if you have an autoimmune disease that could make it harder to recover from cataract surgery or have had previous eye infections.  The lens is best for those who want to improve their near and intermediate-range of vision. This includes activities such as reading, working on a computer, and close-range activities, such as sewing.  In addition, if you have other eye issues then you may not be the right fit for the Vivity lens. Some multifocal lenses will not work if your eyes are not in an excellent condition.   However, ophthalmologists report that the Vivity lens has been successful in patients with some macular disorders and in patients with glaucoma. It’s best to get evaluated by one of our doctors to see if you qualify.

Do You Still Need Glasses with the Vivity Lens?

Even though the Vivity lens gives you better visual acuity, you may still want to consider glasses. Your vision will be more defined and sharper in any lighting, especially dim lighting, but there could be some instances where you want reading glasses. You may need glasses if you spend a lot of your time completing close-up tasks or are in front of a computer alot. You might need them for things like reading a prescription label or the newspaper. For many activities, such as reading a menu or texting on your phone, you will likely not need your glasses. Unfortunately, there isn’t a guarantee that you won’t need glasses again but you will be able to depend on them a lot less when you choose this lens.

Are You Able to Drive at Night with the Vivity Lens?

Driving at night may have been harder with cataracts, but when you get the Vivity lens, this isn’t going to be an issue. There are fewer visual disturbances with this lens so driving at night is going to be much safer.

Is the Vivity Lens Safe?

The Vivity lens received FDA approval in spring 2020. The FDA approval came after two successful clinical trials. Ophthalmologists in Western Europe and Australia have been using the Vivity lens for a longer period and have reported great clinical results and patient satisfaction. Alcon, the company behind the Vivity lens, has a reputation for safety and quality and is a global manufacturer of other intraocular lens and vision correcting products.

There are always potential side effects with any surgery, whether or not the Vivity lens is implanted.  Surgical complications include reactions to medication, such as a mild allergic response, redness, itching of the eye, swelling, sensitivity to light, problems with the iris, or a temporary increase in eye pressure. There is a minimal risk of requiring additional surgical treatment, such as a replacement of the IOL after implantation of the initial one.

How Does the Vivity Lens Affect an Astigmatism?

One of the benefits of the Vivity lens is that it is available in a toric model so you can get your astigmatism corrected at the same time you are having cataract surgery.

Getting the Vivity Lens at Beyer Eye Associates

If you suffer from cataracts and want to improve your vision after cataract surgery then the Vivity lens may be right for you. Beyer Eye Associates is a premier eye care practice with advanced technologies. Contact us today for an eye evaluation.

 

About Regener-Eyes®

Regener-Eyes® is a first in class biologic eye drop. The power of a biologic in the ease of an eye drop.

The science of regenerative medicine focuses on stimulating the body’s own natural ability to healrepair, and regenerate.

Technology
Regener-Eyes® is a sterile biologic eye drop made of anti-inflammatory cytokines and growth factors. These types of proteins have been shown to reduce inflammation and help stimulate the ocular surface to healrepair, and regenerate.

These proteins are necessary for cell function, overall health, and homeostasis. They are designed to work with the body to signal anti-inflammatory, healing, and regenerative responses. These types of proteins may signal the body to generate fresh, new cells for quicker, more effective healing.

Proteins

  • Cytokines – anti-inflammatory
  • Chemokines – signal the immune system for healing potential
  • Growth Factors – may help trigger potential for cell regeneration
  • Hyaluronic Acid – cushioning and lubrication

Regener-Eyes® is made utilizing our d-MAPPS™ (derived–Multiple Allogeneic Proteins Paracrine Signaling) platform technology. This technology is engineered to stimulate stem cell communication without cell to cell contact. All cytokines have multiple functions and multiple target cells, as well as shared activities. When secreted in normal amounts, cytokines are important in normal homeostasis; when introduced in larger amounts, cytokines are important in cell recruitment, cell differentiation, and inflammation, all necessary in the healing process.

Regener-Eyes® contains naturally occurring anti-inflammatory cytokines, growth factors, and chemokines such as VEGF, TGFβ1, TGFβ3, EGF, HC-HA/PTX-C.PTX-3 (Pentraxin 3), IL-1Ra , PDGF, ST2, bFGF, KGF, Collagen Types I, III, IV, V and GDF11.

UPNEEQ Has Arrived

When someone has acquired blepharoptosis—also known as droopy eyelid—it may impact how well the person can see, and how that person sees him or herself.1

Droopy eyelid may result from an underlying issue requiring additional medical attention such as neurologic conditions. It’s important to have it examined by an eye care provider to establish its cause and possible effects on your vision.2

No two cases are exactly alike. Each person’s case of droopy eyelid should be assessed and managed on an individual basis. Focused neurological examination should be conducted prior to treating droopy eyelid. In some cases, droopy eyelid can be a sign of more serious underlying neurological disease.2

When Blue Lights are Not Special

We have always heard of UV protection for your eyes to protect from the sun, but now there is talk about the harmful blue lights.

UV is short for ultraviolet, one of the colors on the light spectrum. All visible light contains the entire spectrum of the rainbow, from red to violet. What makes this light different is electromagnetic radiation, which is present in sunlight.  This light is also produced by electric arcs, and specialized lights such as mercury-vapor lamps, tanning lamps, and black lights. UV light is associated with suntan, freckles and sunburn on skin which are the familiar effects of overexposure to it, along with higher risk of skin cancer.

It has similar effects to your eye and is known to be responsible for cornea burns and cataracts.

Less known is the effect blue lights have on your health. Blue lights are found inside and outside in your environment. Within the color spectrum are blue light waves or rays, they have shorter wavelengths and more energy. Any source of observable light gives off blue light waves, it is naturally emitted by the sun but also comes from fluorescent bulbs, and LED screens like your computer and phone. You are exposed to this throughout your waking day.

Almost all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina. This light may affect vision and could prematurely age the eyes. Is has been linked to damage to the retina, causing long term visual impairment such as Age- Related Macular Degeneration. Blue light from computer screens and digital devices can decrease contrast, leading to digital eye strain. Symptoms of eyestrain include sore or irritated eyes and difficulty focusing.

Blue light is not all bad, it has been successful in helping us overcome sleep issues by disrupting our usual circadian rhythm. It is also known to boost alertness and help memory and cognitive function.  As with sunlight, blue light also elevates mood.

The average office worker spends 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen while at work. Think about the personal time we are spending using our phones all day long.

Today’s youth are addicted to their phones, laptops and tablets. While we are all susceptible to these rays, children are particularly vulnerable. Their eyes are developing, and they are exposed more-so due to their lifestyle. They are three times more exposed, spending more time outdoors. Their pupils are larger, letting more harmful rays in and a younger lens is more crystalline and transparent, letting in more light than an adult.

 

What Can You Do to Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light?

  • Limit Screen time and/or take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest.
  • Invest in screen filters which are available for smart phones, tablets, and computer screens.
  • Go buy blue light blocking glasses-Specially designed Computer glasses have yellow-tinted lenses that block blue light can help ease computer digital eye strain by increasing contrast.
  • Have Anti-reflective lenses to reduce glare, increase contrast, and also block blue light
  • Talk to an eye care professional about options about ways to protect your family and your eyes from blue light.

Call any of our 3 convenient locations and visit to speak to our EXPERT staff to determine your family’s optical needs.

 

Mercerville NJ

395 Highway 33
Mercerville NJ 08619

609-586-0273
609-981-7183

 

Millstone NJ

498 Monmouth Rd
Millstone NJ 08510

609-259-2221

 

Newtown PA

11 Friends Lane, Suite 101
Newtown PA 18940

215-550-6136

What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract Surgery Basics

Cataracts happen to almost everyone, but cataract surgery has been established as one of the safest, most common, and most effective procedures performed today.

Cataracts form gradually as our eyes get older, and 9 in 10 Americans develop them by the time they’re 65. If you have cataracts, you’ll need an outpatient surgery to remove and replace the clouded lens within your eye.

  • Relief Most people say cataract surgery was easier than they expected.
  • Comfort There is little to no discomfort during the process.
  • Clarity Cataract surgery offers the opportunity to enhance your vision for greater, clearer focus.
  • Satisfaction Most people who have had cataract surgery say they wish they had done it sooner.

Your Vision, Your Health

Cataract surgery can have a transformative impact on your vision, which may affect many other areas of your health and happiness.

Cataract surgery and clear vision may be associated with:

  • Mind Reduced risk of cognitive decline
  • Spirit Increase in happiness
  • Balance Reduced risk of falls and hip fractures
  • Overall Health Walking faster and sleeping better

Benefits Beyond the Basics

Taking full advantage of your cataract surgery means understanding your options. While the procedure provides outstanding benefits in its own regard, cataract surgery also gives you the opportunity to enhance the quality and range of your vision.

Cataract Surgery

  • Replaces the clouded cataract lens with a new, clear lens
  • Can provide clear vision at one or more distances, depending on your cataract lens selection

Enhancing Your Vision

  • Can help free you from glasses and contacts, which can cost around $1,000 each year
  • Can provide full clarity, near through far, without blurry zones
  • May be associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline
  • Can help you fully embrace and immerse yourself in life

AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Family of Trifocal IOLs

Important Product Information

CAUTION: Restricted by law to sale by or on the order of a physician.

DESCRIPTION: The AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL is a type of multifocal IOL used to focus images clearly onto the back of your eye (retina) to allow clear vision after the cataract removal. In addition, the center of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL allows for better near (reading) vision and intermediate (computer work) vision versus what a monofocal lens would provide.

There is a chance that you still may need glasses for distance, intermediate, and/or near vision. You will get the full benefit of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL when it is placed in both eyes. Please discuss with your eye doctor whether this is the right IOL for you.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Due to the design of multifocal IOLs, there are some side effects that can be associated with the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL models. These may be worse than with a monofocal IOL, including visual disturbances such as glare, rings around lights, starbursts (rays around light sources), and reduced contrast sensitivity (decrease in ability to distinguish objects from their background, especially in dim lighting). These side effects may make it more difficult to see while driving at night or completing tasks in low lighting conditions, such as at night or in fog or in a dimly lit room, after surgery as compared to before surgery.

Further, a toric IOL corrects astigmatism only when it is placed in the correct position in the eye. There is a possibility that the toric IOL could be placed incorrectly or could move within the eye. If the toric lens is not positioned correctly following surgery, the change in your astigmatism correction by the IOL, along with any necessary correction with glasses, may cause visual distortions. If the lens rotates in your eye, you may need additional surgery to reposition or replace the IOL.

ATTENTION: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Prior to surgery, ask your eye doctor to provide you with the Patient Information Brochure for the proposed AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal IOL to be implanted. This document will further inform you of the risks and benefits associated with this IOL. Discuss any questions about possible risks and benefits with your eye doctor, as well as your medical condition and any eye disease you may have.

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Face Masks Can Prove Tricky for Those With Eyeglasses

As more Americans don face masks to venture outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those who wear glasses are finding that their lenses fog up. It’s a problem that bespectacled surgeons, as well as goggle-wearing skiers, have long experienced.

Why does it happen? In a 1996 article in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, Tom Margrain, a professor at Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, explained that in general “when a spectacle wearer enters a warm environment after having been in a cooler one, his/her spectacles may ‘mist up’ due to the formation of condensation on the lens surface.” He went on to say that polycarbonate lenses demisted more rapidly than those made of glass.

Best Face Mask Materials: Cotton With Chiffon

If you are making a homemade mask, a new study published in the scientific journal ACS Nano found that homemade face masks that use a combination of tightly woven cotton and polyester-spandex chiffon or silk will provide a very effective filter for the aerosol particles that spread the COVID-19 virus. Masks made with one layer of cotton and two layers of chiffon (a netlike fabric often found in evening gowns) or silk will filter out some 80 to 99 percent of particles — similar to the effectiveness of the N95 mask material — due to the electrostatic barrier of the fabric. But here’s the kicker: The mask must have a snug fit. Even a 1 percent gap reduces the filtering of all face masks by 50 percent or more.

With that in mind, if your eyeglasses are fogging when you put on a face mask, it’s because warm, moist air you exhale is being directed up to your glasses. To stop the fogging, you need to block your breath from reaching the surfaces of your lenses. (See instructions on how to make your own cloth face mask at home.)

The Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England published an article in 2011 that offered a simple method to prevent fogging, suggesting that, just before wearing a face mask, people wash their spectacles with soapy water, shake off the excess and then allow the lenses to air-dry.

“Washing the spectacles with soapy water leaves behind a thin surfactant film that reduces this surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly into a transparent layer,” the article reveals. “This ‘surfactant effect’ is widely utilised to prevent misting of surfaces in many everyday situations.” Antifogging solutions used for scuba masks or ski goggles also accomplish this.

Another tactic is to consider the fit of your face mask, to prevent your exhaled breath from reaching your glasses. An easy hack is to place a folded tissue between your mouth and the mask. The tissue will absorb the warm, moist air, preventing it from reaching your glasses. Also, make sure the top of your mask is tight and the bottom looser, to help direct your exhaled breath away from your eyes.

If you are using a surgical mask with ties, a 2014 article in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England advises going against your instincts. Tie the mask crisscross so that the top ties come below your ears and the bottom ties go above. It will make for a tighter fit.

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March is save your vision month

Beyer Eye Associates is partnering with the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) new public awareness campaign, ‘Start With Eye’, to highlight the critical importance of eyecare in overall health. According to AOA’s newEye-Q survey, only half of Americans are actually going for annual eye exams.

“Good vision is essential to quality of life and a comprehensive eye exam is an important, preventive way to preserve vision andmaintain overall health,” says [affiliate / spokesperson name here]. “We are thrilled to join with the AOA to spread awareness and encourage the citizens of [state] to schedule their in-person #2020EyeExam with a local doctor of optometry today.”

A multi-phased campaign, ‘Start With Eye’ serves as a platform to ensure people understand why an annual comprehensive eye exam is necessary. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of eye exams even to those with 20/20 vision and to remove the barriers stopping patients from turning proper eyecare into an ongoing part of their healthcare routine.

Because eye health and vision problems may develop without any obvious signs or symptoms, in-person, annual comprehensive eye exams with doctors of optometry are important to detect early signs of visual system diseases such as glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. In addition, eye exams safeguard overall health by enabling the doctor of optometry to detect more than 270 serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancers.
For instance, according to the AOA data, 21 percent of participants said they have been diagnosed with a non-eye related health issue such as STIs, high cholesterol, and diabetes, by an eye health professional; while 52 percent said they had not received a comprehensive eye exam in the past two years.

“Doctors of optometry play a pivotal role in identifying various health care needs beyond eye health,” said AOA President Barbara L. Horn, O.D. “AOA’s new ‘Start With Eye’ 2020 campaign gives the public the facts tied to the benefits of an annual comprehensive eye examwhile also encouraging people to take the time to get their eyes checked.”
March’s Save Your Vision Month is the perfect time to ‘Start With Eye’ and schedule an in-person, comprehensive eye exam. NJ residents can find a local doctor at AOA.org.

Eye Health Resolutions for 2020

“20/20” is the standard for good vision, making this a great time to think about ways to take care of our eyes, both for now and as an investment in our future health and independence.

Four million seniors today are living with vision loss, and that number will climb as our population ages. Vision loss can be caused by genetic factors, age-related changes to the eyes, injuries, and certain health conditions.

Here are 10 resolutions that can help you prevent vision loss, or make the most of the vision you have:

1. Toast safely! Let’s start with a timely and appropriate reminder. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) warns us that during our New Year’s Eve festivities, we should take care to avoid eye injury from champagne corks. The AAO offers some helpful hints for popping the bubbly safely. And talk to your doctor about other ways to prevent eye injuries, such as wearing safety glasses during sports or other risky activities.

2. Get an eye exam. Many eye conditions develop slowly, and damage can be done before we notice there’s a problem. It’s recommended that we get a comprehensive, dilated eye exam at least once a year beginning at age 60, and earlier if we’re at higher risk or have symptoms of vision problems. An ophthalmologist can diagnose conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome — and at an early stage, when these conditions might be reversed or slowed with special eye supplements, other medications, or surgical treatment.

3. If you notice sudden vision changes, don’t wait. Report them promptly. Redness, sudden blurriness, eye pain, flashes of light, a spot of lost vision or trouble focusing mean it’s time to call the doctor right away. Some of these changes could be temporary and harmless. But others, such as acute glaucoma or a retinal tear, need to be treated immediately to minimize permanent damage to your vision.

4. Keep your glasses or contact lens prescription up to date. Some people purchase eyeglasses and wear them for years without an eye check. Bad idea! Over time, our vision can change without us noticing, and that outdated prescription can cause headaches, raise our risk of falling, and make it more likely we’ll have a car accident. Your eye care professional can not only prescribe the proper correction, but also advise you on the type of lenses that are best for you.

5. If your eyes feel dry, tell your doctor. This is the season when indoor heating removes moisture from the air — and from our eyes. Dry eye also can be caused by certain medications and health conditions, or even by prolonged computer use. The doctor might recommend eye drops and using a humidifier. In some cases, surgery is advised. Dry eye disease can damage vision, so don’t ignore it.

6. Protect your eyes from the sun. You can actually get sunburn of the eye, and exposure to the sun can cause permanent eye damage. Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun. And though it’s tempting to select a pair of sunglasses by style alone — who doesn’t want to look hip or glamorous? — check the label first to be sure the lenses block 100% of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Lens color doesn’t matter, but bigger is better to give you maximum coverage.

7. Follow a healthy lifestyle. Many health practices that support heart health, brain health and overall good health also lower the risk of eye disease. As you might guess, “quit smoking” is at the top of the list. In addition, get plenty of exercise, follow a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and veggies, and maintain a healthy weight. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for managing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other conditions that can lead to eye damage.

8. Get a shingles shot. When we think of shingles, most of us think of the painful rash caused by the disease. But one of the most serious side effects of shingles happens when the virus infects the nerves of the eye, which can damage the cornea and raise the risk of other eye conditions. A vaccine called Shingrix is recommended for everyone age 50 and older; if you had an older type of vaccine, ask your doctor if you also should get the new shot.

9. If you are already living with vision loss, ask your doctor about vision rehabilitation. Vision rehab professionals can help you make the best of your remaining vision by recommending optical and magnifying devices, teaching you new ways of doing things, and helping you adapt your home to better meet your needs. If cost is an issue, talk to your doctor; resources are available.

10. Keep up with your eye care regimen. If you’re living with a serious eye condition, it can seem that managing your eye health is a full-time job. For example, people with advanced age-related macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease might need an eye exam and an injection into the eye as often as once per month. If you can’t drive to these appointments (and your doctor may advise you not to, even if you still drive), find alternate transportation. If you’re using professional in-home care, the caregiver can accompany you to appointments. To keep things in perspective, consider that we are extremely fortunate to live in a time when many eye conditions can be treated!


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