Archive for April 2014



Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Mark Twain

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

There is an abundance of commentary and advice about aging well. As we get older we are more at risk for eye diseases but it doesn’t mean that serious reduction or loss of sight are unavoidable. Taking care of your vision is an important tool in your bag of tricks.

Vision Risks with age:

  • -difficulty reading, especially in low light
  • -dry, itchy eyes, particularly for women past menopause
  • -visual effects of systemic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes; medication side effects
  • -glaucoma
  • -cataracts
  • -age related macular degeneration

***An estimated 40-50% of all age related blindness can be avoided or treated with early detection***

Safeguarding your eyes:

  • -regular eye exams are the cornerstone of visual health-make your eye doctor aware of any diseases that run in your family
  • – wear sunglasses and a hat for extra protection
  • – stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke
  • – establish an exercise regimen for overall health
  • – Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and fish. Researchers have found that eating a high amount of olive oil and green leafy vegetables can actually help to decrease the development of age related macular degeneration.

Larry Cusma OD, Glenville, NY