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The Aging Eye [Paperback]

By Harvard Medical School (Author) & Sandra Gordon (Author)
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Looks at ways to prevent and treat such disorders as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, floaters, and flashers.

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One out of every five of us is affected by impaired vision by the time we turn sixty-five. To help you preserve your vision now -- and beyond -- "The Aging Eye" discusses three common eye disorders that pose the greatest threat to your vision: cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This valuable guide will help you determine whether you are at risk of developing these disorders, describes their symptoms, and discusses diagnosis and the latest treatments.
You will learn: What to expect after cataract surgery How glaucoma often progresses in the early stages without symptoms Whether you may be suffering from dry or wet AMD If laser surgery is right for you How to deal with presbyopia, dry eye syndrome, floaters and flashes, and retinal detachment
Finally, practical suggestions will inform you what you can do now to preserve your vision, from fine-tuning your diet and stopping smoking to wearing sunglasses and protecting your eyes from the ravages of diabetes.
A valuable user-friendly guide for everyone over fifty, "The Aging Eye" will give you the knowledge you need to safeguard your sight.

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The Aging Eye by Harvard Medical School & Sandra Gordon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/15/2001 page 92

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Free Press
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.41" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2001
Publisher   Free Press
Edition  Original  
ISBN  0743215036  
ISBN13  9780743215039  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Eye Problems
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Aging > General
4Books > Subjects > Medicine > General
5Books > Subjects > Medicine > Specialties > Ophthalmology
6Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Health
7Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
8Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Medical > Medicine > Surgery > Ophthalmology

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Excellent reference book on the subject  Dec 4, 2004
This is the third book I read published by the Harvard Medical School. They all have invariably been excellent. They rely on science, medical studies, and in depth analysis. They all do an excellent job of educating the public on the medical topics they cover. They differentiate between the marketing hype and established science.

The Aging Eye is an excellent reference book that outlines what happens to our eyes as they age since our mid thirties. This is a very short 200 page book with extremely large font. It definitely is made not to strain your eyesight. And, it reads easily in three leisurely hours.

In nine short chapters, it covers everything you need to know. The book explains in detail the three major diseases affecting us with the passage of time [glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataract]. It covers also many other common and less common eye ailments. It gives much information on prevention, treatment, surgery, post-surgery.

My favorite chapter was the last one on how to safeguard your eyesight. There it stresses the benefit of good living, including plenty of aerobic exercises to keep your cardiovascular system in top shape, and good nutrition based on an abundance of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables). It also stresses the necessity to protect one's eyes from sunlight including the dreaded UVAs and UVBs sunrays. Sunglasses need not cost a fortune, but they need to be excellent (very high % protection against UVs) and be worn virtually all the time when outdoors the minute the Sun is out.

My favorite pages are near the end where the book dispels many myths about eyesight. Many I must admit, I believed so far. But, it now makes sense to me that they were actual myths. One of them being that you can actually correct your eyesight with eye exercises. According to the book, you really can't. And, having tried the exercise routines to some degree, I really believe it now.

In any case, I strongly recommend this book. If you are interested in your general health and nutrition (extremely highly correlated to your eye health) I equally strongly recommend "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy" by Walter Willett, and "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men's Health" by Harvey Simon.

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