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DD VISIONCARE ASSOCIATES

(408) 289-1448

EMILY DO, O.D. & MINH DANG, O.D.

2114 Senter Road, Suite 6
San Jose, CA, 95112
 

Breaking News
 

Mediterranean diet beats low fat diet for the prevention of CVD and stroke
 Research scientists from Spain reported that a mediterranean diet rich in extra virgin olive oil and nuts beat out a typical low-fat diet in reducing the risks of cardiovascular events and stroke by up to 30%. The results are based on a large group of men and women ranging in age from 55 to 80 being followed for up to a five year period. Please follow this link to read full article.

 

Retinopathy as a marker for cognitive loss

Women 65 or older who have even mild retinopathy are more likely to have cognitive decline and related vascular changes in the brain, according to a study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco.

The findings suggest that a relatively simple eye screening could serve as a marker for cognitive changes related to vascular disease, allowing for early diagnosis and treatment, potentially reducing the progression of cognitive impairment to dementia. Early diagnosis could allow for lifestyle or drug interventions when they might be most effective.

In the study, the team followed 511 women with an average starting age of 69 for 10 years. Each year, the women took a cognition test focused on short-term memory and thinking processes. In the fourth year, they received an exam to assess eye health. In the eighth year, they received a brain scan.

Of the full group of women, 39 women, or 7.6 percent, were diagnosed with retinopathy. On average, these women scored worse on the cognition test than the other women. They had more difficulty, for instance, recalling a list of several words five minutes after hearing them. The women with retinopathy also had more damage to the blood vessels of the brain. They had 47 percent more ischemic lesions in the vasculature overall and 68 percent more lesions in the parietal lobe. The lesions, associated with vascular disease and sometimes stroke, are believed to be caused by high blood pressure. They also had more thickening of the white matter tracks that transmit signals in the brain, which also appear to be caused by high blood pressure.

Notably, the women did not have more brain atrophy, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This result indicates that retinopathy is a marker of neurovascular disease rather than Alzheimer’s disease, according to Dr. Mary Haan, DPH, MPH, UCSF professor of epidemiology and biostatistics.

As a result of this landmark study, our doctors at DD Vision Care strongly advise all our patients who may fall into this age group to have an annual eye examination to insure proper early diagnosis and continued good cognitive health.

 

Digital Display Anti Fatigue Lens

We have great news regarding next generation single vision lenses designed specifically for those individuals who spend more than 3 hours a day working at close range with a digital display terminal (notebooks, ipads, smart phones).  These lenses will relieve the eye strain normally associated with prolonged accommodation which causes fatigue. These specialty lenses are highly recommended for 18 to 45 year-old myopes experiencing red tired eyes and reading difficulty. Please call us for an appointment to be fitted with these next generation anti-fatigue lenses.

 

Diabetes and the eye

There is a massive growth in type 2 diabetes in the US estimated to be 81 million Americans by the National Eye Institute.  This explosive rise in diabetes is partly caused by our high-carb diet and lack of regular exercise. Diabetes manifests itself in the eye as diabetic retinopathy. The ocular blood vessels can leak causing hemorrhages or alternatively they can become blocked causing infarcts both of which lead to a sight threatening condition. We recommend that both our diabetic and pre-diabetic patients be monitored at least on an annual basis to insure healthy vision. Please call our office today for an evaluation.

 


UV protection for your eyes


ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council’s recently released report, Hidden Dangers of UV: Keeping Your Eyes Safe, outlines the factors that exacerbate exposure risks, highlights forecasts that show the intensity of solar UV in U.S. cities and offers tips for preventing the vision problems that can be caused by UV exposure.

With the approach of the summer season when UV levels peak, without protective measures, residents' eyes and skin in some U.S. cities are at very high or extreme risk of exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation at least one day out of every four. Yet despite the danger, less than one in three Americans makes the link between UV rays and eye damage, according to the report.

The report notes that many of the 58 cities for which UV levels are indexed by the National Weather Service have very high or extreme UV radiation levels more than 20 percent of the year


Wearing sunglasses or other eyewear that offer UV protection is the best way to shield the eyes from the sun and the report details what consumers should consider when choosing a pair of shades. Tips for consumers include buying products that meet frame and lens quality criteria set by the American National Standards Institute and selecting sunwear that filters both UVA and UVB light, the report said.
To view or download a copy of Hidden Dangers of UV: Keeping Your Eyes Safe and a comprehensive list of sun-safe tips, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org/sunglasses

We have a range of solutions for your UV eye protection from prescription sunglasses to UV blocking contact lenses. Contact us for further details.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
San Jose Optometrist DDANG VISION CARE is a certified Optometrist specializing in Breaking News, Cataracts, Glaucoma, eyecare, lasik and much more in San Jose, CA. We also do Home, Fitting and Adjusting, Frames, Kids Frames, Lenses, Reading Glasses, Bifocals, Contact Lenses, Sunglasses, Accessories, Progressive (no-line) Lenses and all work related in the 95112 area and surrounding areas in San Jose