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Get Your Aging Eyes Checked on June 4! Generations Expo at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth

Get Your Aging Eyes Checked on June 4! Generations Expo at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth

Contact: Dr. Gayle Leff Goldstein, 404-293-0282 (cell)

What: Generations Expo (Health Expo for 50+ Boomers & Seniors)

A lifestyle health and aging expo for Georgians 50+, including free health screenings, educational seminars. Dr. Gayle Leff Goldstein, an ophthalmologist with offices in Snellville and Decatur, will be on-hand to talk with visitors about common age-related vision and eye problems.

Goldstein says, "As you move through each decade, new eye issues can arise. Yearly eye exams are even more important as you reach your senior years because a number of eye diseases may develop that can affect your vision permanently. The earlier these problems are addressed the better the long term visual outcome."

Common age-related eye issues include Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry Eyes, and Macular Degeneration.

When: Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Infinite Energy Forum (formerly Gwinnett Center), 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA

Tickets: $3 General Admission / $20 VIP Tickets (http://www.generationsexpo.com/theshow-genexpo.html)

More Info at www.generationsexpo.com and at Georgia Ophthalmology Associates (www.gaoa.com), 404-298-5557.

Learn About Age-Related Vision and Eye Problems

Georgia Ophthalmology Associates (www.gaoa.com) has been helping people to enjoy their vision in every decade of their lives. We have been an established practice since 1976, when Dr. Stephen P. Leff MD open our doors. We have office locations in Snellville and Decatur. Our doctors are dedicated to providing personal care and attention to your individual needs.  We recognize that as you move through each decade new medical and family situations arise. We are here to help you through those times, to give you the best vision to attain the quality of life that you desire. 

Yearly eye exams are even more important as you reach your senior years because a number of eye diseases may develop that can affect your vision permanently.  The earlier these problems are addressed the better the long term visual outcome.

The following are a few to be aware of:

1. Cataracts:  This is a cloudy or opaque area of the natural clear lens of the eye. This is a normal aging process, but can also be exacerbated by trauma, diabetes or other inflammatory diseases. Cataracts can cause decreased contrast sensitivity, decreased long distance vision or near vision, sensitivity to glare, dulling of colors and need for brighter light to read. The treatment for this is surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a new artificial lens implant. These new implants have the amazing ability to clear your vision and also to improve your vision with or without the aid of glasses. Your eye surgeon will help you choose the correct lens implant for your eye condition.

2. Glaucoma:  This is a progressive disease of damage to the optic nerve of the eye. This is the "seeing" nerve, that allow what we "see" in the outside world to be connected to our brain and interpreted into an image that we understand.  Many people have family history of this disease and it has associated risk factors such as race (most common in African Americans), diabetes, aging, myopia (near sightedness).  This disease can be managed with eye drops, laser surgery, and specific glaucoma procedures at different stages of the disease. Your eye doctor can guide you with the best treatment options and management to prevent long term vision loss.

3. Diabetic Retinopathy:  This can occur the longer a diabetic has had uncontrolled blood sugar.  This results in progressive damage to the tiny retinal blood vessels that bring the retina nutrition and oxygen. When these vessels are damaged they leak into the retina and cause swelling and bleeding and potentially retinal detachment. This may lead to poor vision that may become permanent if not immediately treated.

4. Dry Eyes/Blepharitis (irritated eyes):  Itching, burning and redness are all very common as we age due to many factors. These include previous eye surgery or diseases (LASIK/ Cataract/ blepharoplasty/Glaucoma/ retinal detachment), our lifestyle (Computers/phones), and the environment (allergens or dust in the work place).  Aging causes the eyes to have decreased  production of tears or tears of poor quality and quick tear evaporation. The tears help maintain the integrity of the front surface of the eye and allow the clearest vision. Dry Eyes are a common chronic problems and often associated with meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis. There are treatments available to manage these symptoms and your eye doctor can discuss these in detail with you. These include an eyelid cleaning hygiene regimen, artificial tears, allergy drops, punctal plugs, Omega 3 fatty acid supplement and an innovative office treatment, Lipiflow.

5. Macular Degeneration:  One of the leading causes of blindness in the aging population.  This is caused by damage to the area of the retina called the macular that is specific to the central vision.  This disease is often hereditary, but there is no cure. There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet. The dry form is managed with supplemental vitamins as defined in the AREDS II studies (age related eye disease studies); and the wet form is treated with injections in the eye to stop the progression of the disease and preserve as much vision as possible.

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