You most likely know that your family’s health history is one of the most important risk factors for health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. But did you know that genetics also play a role in numerous eye diseases, including disorders that are the leading cause of blindness among infants, children, and adults? While there are many eye or ocular diseases that are known to be caused by genetics, most of them are rare. Let’s explore the 4 most common eye diseases that you may have an increased risk of developing due to genetics. (more…)
If your parents or grandparents had cataracts it’s normal to be concerned that you might develop them too. We often hear from patients who tell us about an older family member that could barely see out of a cloudy whitish-looking eye. They worry this will be their fate as well.
While genetics do increase your risk of developing cataracts, aging is more likely to be the culprit. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans over the age of 40, and approximately half of all Americans have cataracts by age 75.
However, even if you develop cataracts—due to genetics, aging, a combination of both, or another medical condition—that doesn’t mean you’re destined for the same near-blinded cloudy-whitish eye scenario your older relative endured. With a basic understanding of cataracts, including the symptoms and what you can do to protect your eyes, you can maintain optimal vision as you age. (more…)
You’ve heard it said that the eyes are the window to your soul, but it also turns out they can be telling us a lot about our physical health. So, take some time to gaze lovingly into your own eyes in the mirror this Valentine’s day, and see if they’re trying to tell you something about your health.
As if cold and flu season isn’t tough enough, add to it the reality that pink eye is often rampant this time of year. The telltale signs of redness and a gritty-like-sand feeling in the eye can certainly feel like a low blow when you’re already laying low with a cold or the flu.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection that causes inflammation of the thin membrane that coats the whites of your eyes (the conjunctiva) and the inside lining of the eyelids. Pink eye can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or, less frequently, allergens. The same viruses that cause colds and the flu—such as adenovirus, enterovirus, and influenza virus—can also cause pink eye. (more…)