ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
EYE CARE, VISION
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Maximize Your Run
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
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Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health

FRIDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Even though 81 percent of Americans use some form of vision correction, 26 percent have not visited an eye doctor or eye care specialist within the past two years, according to an American Optometric Association-commissioned survey.

The poll suggests many people aren't paying enough attention to their eye health.

"Every adult should have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years, but it's even more important for people who already use corrective lenses," Dr. James Kirchner, the AOA's eye health expert, said in an association news release.

"Too often, we see people who have put off eye exams, because they assume they just need a different lens prescription, when they really have a more serious problem. With eye diseases and disorders, as with most health issues, early detection and treatment are often the keys to avoiding permanent problems," Kirchner said.

Annual eye exams for everyone over age 60 are recommended by the AOA.

The survey of 1,001 Americans age 18 and older also found:

* Most Americans (72 percent) age 55 and older began experiencing vision changes between the ages of 40 to 45.
* As they age, respondents said they worried more about losing their vision (38 percent) than their memory (31 percent), their ability to walk (14 percent) or their hair (8 percent).
* Even though concerns about vision problems are common, 15 percent of people who don't wear any form of vision correction have never been to an eye doctor.
* Sixty-two percent of respondents didn't know that signs of diabetes may be detected by an eye doctor, while 71 percent didn't know that a comprehensive eye exam can detect hypertension, brain tumors (75 percent), cancer (78 percent), cardiovascular disease (80 percent), and multiple sclerosis (90 percent).
* Top concerns about vision problems include not being able to live independently (48 percent), losing the ability to drive (23 percent), and being unable to read (21 percent).
* Many older people are taking action to address their age-related vision problems. Sixty percent of respondents age 55 and older said they schedule frequent eye exams, 28 percent said they limit their night driving, 29 percent are eating more nutrients necessary for eye health, and 9 percent purchase books and other materials in large print.
* There were many misconceptions about behaviors that can damage eyes. For example, many incorrectly believe that eye damage can be caused by reading under dim light (71 percent), sitting too close to the television (66 percent), or by rubbing the eyes. These behaviors can cause eye strain but don't cause actual damage to the eye or eyesight.

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SOURCE: American Optometric Association, news release, Oct. 13, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 17, 2008

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