Preventing Roseanne Barr's Vision Loss

Roseanne Barr Picture - LocateADoc.comRoseanne Barr, famous for her starring role in the self-titled 1990’s sitcom Roseanne, is reported to be losing her vision due to the simultaneous development of cataract and macular degeneration.

Cataract is a disease that causes one to lose vision from their peripherals while macular degeneration causes vision to fade out the front line of view. With both of the diseases Barr will lose her vision.

While Barr still remains optimistic about the prognosis, there are steps she and others can take to prevent blindness. Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, the disease that causes straight on vision to fade, can actually be managed with preventative treatments.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people over the age of 50. It causes patients to either lose their eye sight immediately or slowly over time. The following preventative measure will help you avoid this disease.

Regular Eye Exams

Sometimes we forget that eye exams are more for than just testing our vision, but these exams also help patients to prevent diseases like AMD. It is imperative to regularly get check-ups with your eye doctor, so AMD and other problems can be detected early.

Carl J. May, Jr., M.D.“The earlier you detect any change in vision from macular degeneration the better the chance that treatment will help,” Honover, PA ophthalmologist Carl J. May, Jr., M.D. said. So make sure you get in for your regular eye exam, so that if AMD is an issue, you’ll know about it sooner rather than later.

Take Supplements

Researchers at the National Eye Institute examined whether nutrition impacts eye sight or not. They found in those already suffering from AMD taking a combination of vitamin C & E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper reduce risk of later stages of AMD by 25%. There are tons of supplements out there that promise results, but some of these are not yet backed by science. It is important to consult with a general practitioner or nutritionist to find out what may be the best eye health supplements to incorporate into your diet, so that you get the best bang for your buck.

Live Healthy

Like all aspects of health, eye health is enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet and exercise help to prevent AMD. Also, wearing sunglasses with UV protection help to protect the eyes from the sun decreasing your risk of developing AMD or cataracts. Remember all the stop health precautions you take no just aren’t for the figure, but they help every part of your anatomy, including your eyes!

The takeaway message about learning about AMD is to see your optometrist or ophthalmologist on a regular basis. If they detect a problem than you can be on top of getting it treated. In the meantime, live a healthy and happy life to decrease your risk of developing AMD in the future.

To find a qualified board certified ophthalmologist, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about cataract and AMD prevention.

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Further Reading

  • An innovative new laser that may effectively remove cataracts was presented at the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in October 2009. The laser is currently undergoing clinical trials, and if it makes it to market, will be the first commercialized technology available for treating cataracts.