11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. A seven-foot long, salamander-like amphibian with razor sharp teeth roamed the earth more than 200 million years ago. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A ketchup bottle with a slippery interior can end the “anticipation” of waiting to top your hamburger or fries. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. As they age, women’s memories stay sharper than men’s. (Learn more at AARP) Enter the Family Fun Travel Sweepstakes. No purchase necessary. See official rules. » …

Blacks Experience Blindness Most Often, but We Can Change Those Stats

A. Peter Bailey, a noted journalist in Washington, had worn glasses since he was 21 — for more than 50 years. But gradually, even with glasses, his vision became dim and he could hardly see people from a distance. Six years ago, Bailey had cataracts removed from his eyes. “Now that I’ve had the surgery I’ve only had to wear glasses when I’m reading,” he says. Get the latest tips on staying healthy — AARP Health Newsletter » It happens all …

All about “Readers” from an Eyewear Pro

Ready-made reading glasses, or “readers,” have become a favorite impulse buy for women age 50-plus. They make us look cooler, smarter and sexier without once subjecting us to the latest diet fad or clothing trend. So … what’s not to love? Headaches or eye strain, for starters — the too-frequent result of picking readers unsuited to our vision needs. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas Painfully aware that not all readers live up to our expectations, I asked specs maven Jane …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – Polar Vortex Edition

 News, discoveries and fun … 1. It got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped prisoner turned himself back in. (Learn more at Associated Press) Tweets about “#polarvortex” 2. Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, isn’t so keen about her purring counterpart in the new movie Her, but suggests seeing the movie anyway. (Learn more at Wired)   4. A newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., discovered an undeveloped roll of …

What to Eat to Reduce Your Cataract Risk

To help your aging eyes, think about improving what you eat. A new Swedish study has found that women age 49 and older who ate a diet rich in disease-fighting antioxidants had a lower risk of developing cataracts. The team of Swedish researchers looked at the diets of more than 30,000 women ages 49 to 83 and found those with the highest total intake of antioxidants had about a 13 percent lower risk of developing cataracts than women who consumed …

Look Into My Eyes: Dilation Exam Can Spot 7 Diseases

Do you really need to have your eyes dilated with eyedrops at your annual eye exam?  Short answer: Yes, you should – especially as you get older or if you are at risk for eye problems. May is Healthy Vision Month, and the National Eye Institute is encouraging Americans to take the necessary steps to protect their vision. According to the institute, about 38 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. And that number is …