As aging is an inevitable phase that occurs to every individual who has fortunately reached his later years in life, it is also the stage wherein his body hosts a variety of health and medical conditions. One of the main aspects that is directly affected would be his vision, and eye-related complications such as macular degeneration can occur by the time he reaches 65 years or older. Macular degeneration is commonly known as AMD or age-related macular degeneration since this eye complic ..
Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that affects the macula or the center of the retina. The retina is the layer of tissue on the inside back wall of the eyeball. The retina is responsible for our central vision which is essential for doing daily activities like facial recognition, reading and driving. One type of this disease may be caused by swollen and leaky blood vessels found in the back of the eye. This is a common condition in older people. Studies show that it is the leading cause of ..
Cataracts are quite common but... Did you know that at least 50 million people around the world lose vision as a result of cataracts, annually? If cataracts are detected early they can be treated and vision restored. Left undetected, would mean permanent vision loss. So, what are cataracts? Basically, when a cataract develops, there is a loss of transparency on the lens of the eye. It is like a clouding effect on the lens of the eye. This limits the amount of light that can pass ..
Macular Degeneration we now know is the most common cause of legal blindness in an age group greater than 50. With life expectancy increasing, we will have a potential tsunami of new cases of macular degeneration. This will create a huge burden on the individual, on their families and on society in general if we do not take a stance against this debilitating condition from now! To take an effective stance we need to know what risk factors can be modified and what cannot be modified. ..
It is safe to say that most people in the world today are aware of the harmful effects of smoking. Everyone should also be aware of the connection between smoking, heart disease and lung cancer. Yet it amazes me to see how many people still smoke and worse still how many people are taking this habit up knowing the dangers and risks! That said, smoking has decreased significantly over the past 20 years however seems to have plateaued over the past 5 years. As I mentioned earlier mos ..