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Eye Health: November is American Diabetes Month; routine eye exams can reveal disease

Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Chances are likely that you know at least one person who has Diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month and I have, like many of you, several family and friends who are afflicted by this disease.   I have found diabetic changes in several of my patients just through routine eye exams – and the catch sometimes – is they had no idea that...

Eye Health: Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40

Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Do you know the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40? This condition is also the principal cause of blindness. Glaucoma? No. It’s cataracts.   Magnified view of a cataract in the human eye (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Prevent Blindness America reports there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular...

Eye Health: Vision changes after age 40 can’t be prevented or cured but can be managed

Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   When you hit 40, more than your weight and memory can go haywire. I remember the day I started holding the newspaper and menus farther away to read them. As an optometrist, I knew why this was happening… it didn’t make me happy, but at least I understood why. For a lot of people, the sudden changes in vision cause feelings of confusion and they often...