Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Risk of Glaucoma Increases with Early Menopause


Your risk of developing glaucoma might increase with the onset of early menopause. According to a study at the Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute in Amsterdam women who go through menopause early may be at greater risk of developing. The data evaluated more than 3,000 women and found that women who went through a natural menopause before the age of 45 were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma as women who went through menopause at age 50 or older. The results indicate that female hormones may be protective against open-angle glaucoma. Of interest is that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is thought to reduce fluid pressure inside the eye. Similarly, as hormone levels rise during pregnancy, fluid pressure inside the eye decreases significantly, the researchers noted. This is the first study to examine the relationship between female sex hormones, as indicated by age of menopause, and open-angle glaucoma.

If you or someone you know has questions about the risk of glaucoma with early menopause please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.


Monday, January 20, 2014

The Need for Glaucoma Awareness


Prevent Blindness America designates January as National GlaucomaAwareness Month. As patients age and pass through their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s they need to be aware that their risk of glaucoma increases. In addition, glaucoma risk factors include diabetes and other vascular disease, early menopause and family history-especially among siblings where glaucoma is 5 times more likely to be diagnosed! Glaucoma cannot be taken seriously enough, as in African-American and Hispanic populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. A disturbing aspect of the most common type of glaucoma-chronicopen angle glaucoma-is that it has no symptoms! This is why we feel that taking a moment to put in a little extra effort to remind patients and their families about the need for regular eye exams with glaucoma evaluations is really worthwhile. The key step in preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection, diagnosis and treatment and thus the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve eye health and vision-especially for our aging population and seniors.

If you or someone you know has questions about glaucoma or needs to schedule and eye exam and glaucoma evaluation, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment. Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located at 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

LASIK Flex Plans Great for New Year’s Resolutions!

Using your Flex Plan is a great way to get LASIK and fulfill a New Year’s resolution for self improvement-like eliminating the hassle of eyeglasses and contacts for seeing clearly at distance. January and February are popular months for New Year’s resolutions which often include LASIK. If you or a family member has Flex Plan funds to use, this is a good time to make LASIK affordable. Many employers offer Flex Plans-Flexible Spending Accounts or FSA’s. These plans allow you to have money taken out of your paycheck over time to pay for LASIK. What is even more appealing about Flex Plans is that money is withheld in Pre-Tax dollars allowing you to get extra tax savings.

To learn more about LASIK, Flex Plans for LASIK or how we can make LASIK affordable at Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102, feel free to call us at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule Free LASIK Consultation.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sleep Apnea Can Increase Glaucoma Risk


What do sleep apnea and your risk of developing glaucoma have in common? Sleep apnea appears to be a risk factor for developing glaucoma according to current research. Here is what you need to know. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that blocks breathing during sleep for more than 100 million people worldwide. In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked, causing breathing to stop for up to two minutes. Symptoms include loud snoring and persistent daytime sleepiness. Glaucoma affects nearly 60 million worldwide.  If untreated, glaucoma reduces peripheral vision and eventually may cause blindness by damaging the optic nerve. Only half of the people who have glaucoma are aware of it because the disease is painless and vision loss is typically gradual.
 
Researchers, reporting in the journal Ophthalmology, the official publication of the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that obstructive sleep apnea is not simply a marker for poor health, but is actually an independent risk factor for open-angle glaucoma. The relationship between the two conditions is significant, given the large numbers of people worldwide who suffer from them. Based on this finding, we want to alert obstructive sleep apnea patients of the associations between obstructive sleep apnea and open-angle glaucoma to raise the issue and encouraging treatment of those who need it.
 
If you or someone you know has questions about sleep apnea and your risk of glaucoma, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.