If your senior years are rapidly approaching – or whizzing by in the rear-view mirror – you might fear renewing your Florida driver’s license. Especially if your vision or driving habits have changed. Patients are often anxious when it comes time to renew their driver’s license, admits Dr. S Rana, Board-Certified ophthalmologist for St Lucie
Daily schedules are dramatically changed when we travel. It’s one of the reasons we go in the first place. Planning ahead to prevent dry eye will help your eyes adjust comfortably to new environments and activities plus save aggravation when you arrive. Think about if you will need extra contact lenses? Reading glasses? Sunglasses? Artificial tears? Prepare for clear eyes ahead.
Vision changes from cataracts impact personal safety and wellbeing. The best time for surgery is when cataracts negatively impact quality of life, or glasses and contacts are no longer effective. On average, patients delay cataract surgery five years longer than necessary. That’s five years of needless struggle with limitations of poor vision.
Direct sunlight on the skin can synthesize Vitamin D in as little as 15 minutes. Vitamin D supports absorption of minerals like calcium and phosphorus that help regulate the immune system. Moderate amounts of sun also help contribute to the development of better distance vision for teens and young adults according to the latest studies.
Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss in older adults. If you are over age 60, it’s important to get a dilated eye exam every year. Today’s cataract surgery has many options; from traditional or laser-assisted procedures to multi-focal and astigmatism correcting replacement lenses.
Talk to your ophthalmologist about your expectations after cataract surgery in order to choose the most effective options for your lifestyle.
Digital eye strain occurs when viewing electronic devices like computers, cellphones and tv’s for long periods. Digital screens emit significant amounts of blue light, short wavelengths on the color spectrum that scatter freely and are not easily focused. This creates a visual “noise” of low contrast that contributes to strain.