#Vision Loss

FOR YOUR HEALTH: Untreated Vision Loss Can Speed Cognitive Decline

(NAPSI)—There’s a reason you shouldn’t skip your routine eye exam—and many people don’t even know about it. A growing body of research shows that vision loss can affect how well your brain works. The most recent study found that people who scored poorly on vision tests were more likely to suffer from deficits in memory, language and the ability to identify and locate objects in space. To protect your brain, get an eye exam to make sure correctable vision problems are detected and treated. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends all adults receive a comprehensive eye exam by age 40, and every year or two after age 65.
Picture for FOR YOUR HEALTH: Untreated Vision Loss Can Speed Cognitive Decline

Has There Been a Beovu Recall?

There is no Beovu recall, but the FDA approved label changes regarding adverse eye problems in 2020 to better inform patients and doctors. Beovu (brolucizumab) is an eye injection used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye condition caused by leaking blood vessels in the eye. Symptoms of the condition include blurry vision and blind spots. If left untreated, wet AMD can cause severe vision loss.
Picture for Has There Been a Beovu Recall?

What Is Valsalva Retinopathy?

Valsalva retinopathy is bleeding from the small blood vessels usually in or near the macula, which is located at the center of the retina. This is the part of your eye that detects light and colors. This condition occurs following a sudden and often non-serious rise in venous blood pressure,...
Picture for What Is Valsalva Retinopathy?

10 Types of Vision Loss and What They Mean

Your eyes are your windows to the world, and when they are up to task, you likely don’t give them a second thought. Not everyone is that lucky. As many as 12 million people aged 40 and older in the United States have some degree of vision impairment, including 1 million who are blind, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

8 Ways to Protect Your Vision

1. Eat right. Eye health starts with your diet. You’ve likely heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that these whole foods are supportive, too:. Spinach, kale, collards, and other green leafy vegetables, which contain lutein, zeaxanthin, and other...

Low Vision Support Group

This group is designed for those experiencing various levels of vision loss and their care providers to share resources, ideas and support. Please call 222-3415 if interested in attending and inquire if you need transportation.

Common Adult And Childhood Vision Problems

Both adults and children may experience vision problems sometime during their life. Vision problems can turn everyday activities like driving or reading into impossible tasks. Damage to sensitive components of the eye, congenital abnormalities in the shape of the eye, or age-related changes can all contribute to vision loss. Since vision loss can be a gradual process, regular eye exams and vision screenings should be a part of every individual’s wellness routine.

Senate FY2022 Appropriations Bill Doubles Funding for the CDC’s Vision and Eye Health Program

(PRESS RELEASE) This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its proposed legislation to fund programs under the Department of Health and Human Services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. As a result of continued Prevent Blindness advocacy efforts, the Senate Appropriations legislation includes a total of $6 million for vision and eye health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In particular, the Senate proposes to fund the Vision Health Initiative (VHI) at $2 million in FY2022 – a $1 million increase over FY2021. Notably, the Senate legislation directs the CDC to improve “existing surveillance of social, economic, and environmental contexts as related to eye healthcare disparities.” The CDC’s Glaucoma project would continue to be funded at $4 million. If the legislation is enacted into law, the VHI’s funding level would be at its highest since FY2010. Earlier this spring, 117 organizations joined Prevent Blindness in a letter to Congress urging an increase funding for vision and eye health programs at the CDC.

GoCheck raises $ 10 million in new funds to help protect more children from low vision and blindness

The GoCheck team has the potential to revolutionize vision care by speeding access and also reducing healthcare costs. “The research is clear, so much in a child’s life changes when they can see well – their confidence, relationships, learning, and eventual academic and financial results,” said Kevon Saber, CEO of GoCheck. “We strive for a future in which everyone everywhere can see and develop their potential and children, parents and providers are no longer in the dark. This funding is a step into that brighter future and testament to the massive unmet need for pediatric eye tests and the determination of GoCheck teammates. ”

Gene therapy shows promise in initial trial for patients with childhood blindness

Samuel G. Jacobson, Artur V. Cideciyan, Allen C. Ho, Igor V. Peshenko, Alexandra V. Garafalo, Alejandro J. Roman, Alexander Sumaroka, Vivian Wu, Arun K. Krishnan, Rebecca Sheplock, Sanford L. Boye, Alexander M. Dizhoor, Shannon E. Boye. Safety and Improved Efficacy Signals following Gene Therapy in Childhood Blindness Caused by GUCY2D Mutations. iScience, 2021; 102409 DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.102409.

Diabetes: Two subtle ‘warning signs’ signalling the condition has become sight-threatening

Diabetes is the result of poor insulin production – a hormone that controls how much sugar circulates in the blood – in the pancreas. Many are able to manage their blood sugar by sticking to a restrictive diet, but those who don’t could be putting themselves at risk of vision loss. Giles Edmonds, clinical services director at supersavers, explains that two signs in the eyes warrant immediate medical help.

4 Ways Your Vision May Start Changing After 40

If you haven’t had a lot of issues with your eyes or vision throughout your life, you might assume things will stay that way. Sure, you may need reading glasses at some point—but that’s it, right?. Not so fast: You can develop other eye conditions as you age, even if...