; Indiana Seniors Have Better Vision

Monday, September 16, 2013

Indiana Seniors Have Better Vision

“Indiana seniors concerned with aging eyes will be pleased to know that overall-their aging eyes have better vision,” stated Ophthalmologist Scott Buck, M.D. of Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso, IN. According to a recent study in Ophthalmology there has been a significant decrease is vision loss in older Americans. “The prevalence of activity-limiting visual impairment is decreasing and has been decreasing-and this is really great news for seniors. While the study wasn’t terribly specific, I believe that better cataract surgery and lens implants, better diabetes treatment and control and a sharp decrease in smoking all play a role in why seniors now have better overall chances of preserving their eye health and vision,” Dr. Buck stated.

Modern cataract surgery-with advanced technology lens implants has become routine and complications are pretty rare. Years ago, people waited until a cataract was so bad that even a poor surgical result was better than living with a cataract. Today, when the presence of a cataract impairs either the quality of vision or the quality of life, the techniques and procedures allow for safe and effective cataract surgery to be performed.
  • Today, only 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes as compared to 1 in 3 in the 1980s.
  • Smoking is a major risk factor for macular degeneration, which is one of the most common vision impairing eye diseases in seniors. 
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and age and obesity are leading risk factors for diabetes.
  • Even though diabetes rates in the U.S. continue to climb, better therapies are now available to prevent and treat diabetes-related eye health and vision problems.
To some extent, seniors have helped preserve eye health and vision by taking the step of having regular eye exams which are quite important for everyone as they age, especially people with diabetes and other health conditions that can lead to vision loss. If you or someone you know would like to schedule and eye exam please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, is located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.