Sanford I. Rakofsky, MD
Location and Office HoursSanford Rakofsky, MD
401 Miracle Mile Ste 301
Coral Gables, FL 33134
- monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- Coral Gables Hospital
- Kendall Regional Medical Center
- Larkin Community Hospital
How common are eye and vision problems in older adults?
Laura Fine, MD, Ophthalmology, answeredSerious age-related eye problems can cause vision loss or visual distortion that glasses can't fix. More than one million Americans older than 40 are considered legally blind, which means their vision is 20/200 or worse in their best eye, even with corrective lenses or surgery. Another 2.4 million have significantly reduced vision. The risk of developing vision problems increases as you get older, especially after age 65. One dramatic example: people ages 80 or older make up about 8% of the U.S. population, but account for 69% of people who are blind.
Are blood vessels in my eye encroaching on my iris a serious problem?
Yes, these blood vessels could be a potential problem to your eyes. Many contact lenses will cause this condition to a mild degree, but significant peripheral vascularization suggest that your corneas are starved for oxygen or other nutrients. Consider a second opinion with an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) to confirm or deny that these blood vessels represent a problem for your eyes.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What might cause a cream-colored eye discharge?
A discharge from the eyes is typically a sign of some form of eye irritation or infection. For example, a stringy discharge associated with itching is common in children who suffer from allergies. These symptoms can be treated with allergy medications, including eye drops, and by reduced exposure to the allergen.
The presence of a thicker discharge associated with a red eye and without itching is often caused by an infection known as conjunctivitis. Both viruses and bacteria may cause conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis is self-limiting and does not usually require specific treatment. Bacterial conjunctivitis, particularly when mild, is usually self-limiting as well, though treatment with antibiotic drops will often result in more rapid resolution.
Prevention involves common sense: Wash your hands often, and avoid direct contact with people who have an obvious infection.Helpful? 5 people found this helpful.
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