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 …

Hay que disciplinarse en el tratamiento de la glaucoma

Hoy les quiero comentar sobre la glaucoma, ya que enero es el mes de la concientización sobre esta silenciosa enfermedad de la vista. En mi familia, siempre hemos tenido presente la glaucoma, siempre ha sido un tema de conversación desde que tengo memoria. Mi abuelo materno padecía de glaucoma y recuerdo la variedad de potecitos de gotas oculares que había en su casa. Y recuerdo también las notas escritas a mano, pegadas con cinta adhesiva en la puerta del refrigerador …

Las enfermedades del ojo del diabético son un asunto serio

Mi esposo Manuel siempre ha hecho lo posible por manejar de la mejor manera su condición de diabetes tipo 1, que padece desde que era un niño. Sin embargo, dicen que la diabetes es una condición crónica muy traicionera, que va erosionando poquito a poquito, perniciosamente, el cuerpo de maneras a veces insospechadas. Y luego vienen las crisis como las enfermedades del ojo del diabético. Fotos: 6 maneras de vencer y prevenir la diabetes. Recuerdo como si fuera hoy el …

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 …

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 …