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With the aim of spreading awareness about vision health and eye care among the elderly people aged 65 and above, EyeCare America has come up with ‘Glaucoma Awareness Month’ during January 2011. The public program involves 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists from across the US and Puerto Rico that will be providing no out-of-pocket cost eye care tests and offer free eye health educational material.


EyeCare America, a part of Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has started a capmapign for elderly and those who want to take advantage of these services can check online from their website if they are eligible to avail them. Even relatives of the elderly can check with the online referral center to see if their loved ones are eligible and get the guidance in regard to the suitable volunteer ophthalmologist tied up with EyeCare America.

 

Measuring electrical activity of retina, researchers say, reveals early changes in disease process
-- Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- A test that measures the function of nerve cells in the retina may detect glaucoma at an early stage and help doctors evaluate the effectiveness of treatments, a new study has found.

Diagnosing glaucoma as early as possible -- before it destroys the optic nerve -- is key to preventing vision loss, according to the researchers, from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Those who regularly eat shellfish, fish less likely to develop macular degeneration, study suggests
 

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids appears to protect seniors against the onset of a serious eye disease known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new analysis indicates.

"Our study corroborates earlier findings that eating omega-3-rich fish and shellfish may protect against advanced AMD," study lead author Sheila K. West, of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a news release from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
"While participants in all groups, including controls, averaged at least one serving of fish or shellfish per week, those who had advanced AMD were significantly less likely to consume high omega-3 fish and seafood," she added.

In 2008 the WV Legislature amended the drivers’ license statute to require vision screening every time one renews their drivers’ licenses.  

The new law, §17B-2-12a requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to assure an eye screen test has been performed within 90 days every time someone applies or renews their license. A person can drive as long as their visual acuity is 20/60 or better in one eye, as long as the eye care specialist states that they feel the person has sufficient vision to safely operate a motor vehicle.  

 

Receiving the "Bull Dog Award" from the AAO on October 17 was Steve Powell, MD, Legislative Chair and Past President, WVAO.  Also in the picture is Daniel J. Briceland, MD, Secretary for State Affairs, Mary Louise Collins, MD, chair Committee for State Governmental Affairs, and Andrew M. Prince, chair Committee for State Organizational Development.

 
Receiving the 2010 Surgery by Surgeons Victory Award from the AAO on October 17 were Steve Powell, MD, Legislative Chair and Past President of the WVAEPS and Nancy Tonkin, Executive Director.  Also in the picture is Daniel J. Briceland, MD, Secretary for State Affairs, Mary Louise Collins, MD, chair Committee for State Governmental Affairs, and Andrew M. Prince, chair Committee for State Organizational Development.

Contact lenses that are decorative and over-the-counter, such as glow-in-the-dark or striped lenses, could be damaging to the eyes, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Wearing the lenses could lead to infections, inflammation, vision loss, and general pain, the AAO added.

Many of the decorative lenses are advertised as being fashion accessories, toys, or cosmetics, but researchers say all contact lenses need to be fitted by an eye doctor. During Halloween, many young people purchase odd-colored lenses to go with their costume.

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