“NY seniors should be comforted by knowing that aging eyes have better vision than ever,” noted Cataract Surgeon & Eye Specialist Satish Modi, M.D. of Seeta Eye Centers with offices in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Carmel, New York. According to recent publications in Ophthalmology, there has been a significant decrease is vision loss in older Americans. In fact, 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 control and treatment of diabetic retinopathy 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. Modi stated.
“Bladeless laser cataract surgery combined with advanced technology lens implants has become routine. We rarely see complications and the results are excellent,” stated Dr. Modi. 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 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.
Senior and aging patients who wish to learn more about eye health and vision, cataracts, smoking and diabetic eye problems should feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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