Study shows decrease in new cases of blindness in the past decade
January 23, 2012
A new study published in the American Journal Ophthalmology found that the number of new cases of blindness has decreased dramatically in the past decade – by more than 50 percent.
The results, which were found by researchers at University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark, showed the biggest reduction in 2006, after a treatment was developed for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
"The massive implementation of modern wet AMD therapy has been a challenge," said study author Michael Larsen. "It is therefore very important that we can now show an impact on public health and it is wonderful to see a reduction in severe visual loss. The study did not examine moderate visual loss, but there are undoubtedly also a lot of people who avoided loosing their drivers licence and their reading vision."
Seniors who suffer from eye problems may be at a higher risk of falling, which can cause serious injury. Those who are living by themselves may want to invest in a medical alert device, as it can contact emergency services whenever needed.