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Conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration are very common among older Americans. They often result in impaired vision and affect quality of life severely. Are there health practices that can reduce the risk of these serious problems?
Dry eye is increasingly common and extremely uncomfortable. What can be done to ease the burning and irritation associated with dry eye? How well do these approaches work?
The eyes offer insight into overall health. What red flags can an eye doctor detect? What are the best strategies we can adopt to preserve our vision?
Guests: Randall K. Thomas, OD, MPH, FAAO, is an optometrist in clinical practice in Concord, North Carolina. He was named Glaucoma Educator of the Year by the American Academy of Optometry, and he co-authors the Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs with Dr. Ron Melton.
Ron Melton, OD, FAAO, is co-author, with Dr. Randall Thomas, of the annual Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs. The American Academy of Optometry presented him with the Glaucoma Educator of the Year award. He practices in Charlotte, NC and lectures internationally.
Their website is: http://www.eyeupdate.com
Guest disclosure: While we consult for a number of companies, we diligently strive to never let those influence our public statements. That being said, we consult for Carl Zeiss Meditech, Alcon Laborotories, Rapid Pathogen Screening, Bausch and Lomb, and Icare, USA.
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