Can You Inherit Eye Diseases?

When it comes to eye disease, your family matters. In fact, genetics play a role in several different eye diseases and conditions. For infants and children, genetics are often to blame for congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma and eye malformations, among other conditions. For adults, both glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are likely inherited in most … Read More

Baby Boomers: You Can Preserve Your Sight

Most of us get our eyes checked routinely — especially if we need a prescription for glasses or contacts. But there’s a more important reason to get annual examinations after age 65: the changes that occur with age. Even if our vision seems fine, certain age-related eye conditions develop very slowly, notes Cleveland Clinic Cole … Read More

Why You Should Consider a Yearly Eye Exam

Your next trip to the ophthalmologist could reveal more than a vision problem. It turns out, you can find out a lot about your health during an eye exam. Ophthalmologist Rishi Singh, MD, says diseases and other issues may show up when you have your eyes checked. What your eye exam could reveal Dr. Rishi … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Corneal and External Eye Diseases

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about corneal and external eye diseases? Jeffrey Goshe, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, will answer your questions about this medical condition during a live webchat Monday, August 20, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to be … Read More

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How to Say Goodbye to Cataracts (and Glasses)

Cataract surgery has come a long way in the past few decades. What once required a week or more in the hospital is now an outpatient procedure. The quality of vision patients can achieve after cataract surgery has dramatically improved as well. Until recently, patients who had cataracts (a clouding of the natural lens in … Read More

Have a Festive Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July from the team at Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic. We wish you, your friends and your family a safe, festive and cool holiday. Use the advice in the stories below to make the most of it. 1. Fireworks Safety (Video) The Fourth of July is a fun, light-filled holiday, but fireworks … Read More

3-D: Are Your Eyes Up For It?

Blockbuster season is in full swing, with more 3-D movie options than ever — from superhero fare like The Avengers to kid-friendly flicks such as Ice Age: Continental Drift. Donning funny glasses to view a 3-D movie in a theater and dodge the action spilling toward you isn’t easy for everyone, though. Both eyes must … Read More

Video: A Cheaper Drug for Macular Degeneration

A drug typically prescribed to cancer patients may also treat one of the most common eye diseases seen in people over age 65. A new study finds the cancer drug Avastin delivers the same benefits as the drug Lucentis, which is given to people with age-related macular degeneration. Daniel Martin, MD, is an ophthalmologist at … Read More

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Antioxidant-Rich Watermelon

Skip the ice cream and cool off with watermelon instead. At 50 calories per cup, watermelon is a refreshing and healthy way to satisfy sugar cravings. One serving supplies more than one-third of your daily vitamin C requirement and 32 percent of your vitamin A needs in the form of the antioxidant beta-carotene. Vitamin A … Read More