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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Eye Digest: A Resource for Age related Eye Diseases

Do you suffer from an eye related disorder? If you don't, more than likely someone that you know and love does.

Whether it be the development and or worsening of near sightedness or far sightedness; or more serious conditions that develop, due possibly to genetics, health disorders like diabetes, or even those caused by medications that we must take for other disorders, there's a good chance that many of us will suffer the affects of the aging eye.

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about a great resource called The Eye Digest. This is a publication created by the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary and it contains a wealth of information about the effects of the aging eye and serious disorders that may affect your vision as you age.

All of the articles that you'll find within the Eye Digest are in depth and well researched. Along with full discussions of major eye disorders, you'll see that there's a section called Vision Basics where you'll find information that discusses vision myths, nutrition and vision, flashes and floaters, 20/20 vision, medication and more.

One of my favorite articles in the Vision Basics section is called Did You Ever Wonder which contains answers to questions such as why do I see spots after looking at a bright light, Why your nose runs when you cry, twitching eyelids and many others.

Large sections of the digest are devoted to providing informative articles on disorders such as Dry Eye, Cataracts, Glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

All of the articles and sections on these major eye disorders are accompanied by diagrams, charts and in some cases video. Each disorder discussed on the Eye Digest has a section which discusses the disorder, the symptoms, diagnoses, medical and surgical treatments (if available) and new developments in the treatment and diagnosis of the disorder.

Along with major eye disorders, the Eye Digest also discusses a number of other problems that affect the aging eye, including a section on low vision and visual aids, and links to other eye and vision related sites.

You'll also find information on LASIK treatment. Lasik is becoming a viable and more commonly used treatment for some vision problems, especially myopia (near sightedness).

As you've likely guessed by now, I think this is an important topic as many of the diseases and disorders of the eye discussed on the Eye Digest could affect us or those whom we love as we age. If you are concerned about any vision related symptoms that you might be having, or know someone who has vision problems I strongly suggest that you visit and bookmark this site:

Please let others know about the eye digest if you feel that the information and articles on the site might help them.

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