The Great American Epidemic


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. — Although life expectancy is at an all-time high, the current diabetes epidemic is getting much worse, increasing by 27 percent in just the past 10 years. Seventeen million people are diabetic, and about one-third (almost six million) do not know it. Diabetics are at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, loss […]

Reducing the Risk of Macular Degeneration


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. — Age-related eye conditions will triple in the next 15 years. Macular degeneration alone will account for 50 percent of visual impairment and 20 percent of blindness. It is also estimated that 30 million people are developing cataracts, due to factors such as: increased life expectancy, poor nutrition, ultraviolet (UV) exposure, diabetes, […]

The Myopia Epidemic


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. — Nearsightedness (difficulty seeing things far away), aka myopia, is growing at an alarming pace and is estimated to impact one in two Americans by the middle of this century. In parts of Asia, it affects 80–90 percent. Although genetics plays a role (two nearsighted parents are more likely to have a […]

It’s All Greek to Me


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. — Myopia. Hyperopia. Astigmatism. Presbyopia. “I have no idea what you’re talking about-opia.” If you are like millions of other Americans, one of these terms describes you. Presbyopia alone affects over 100 million people, but don’t worry, it’s not contagious. These are the terms that describe how your eyes work, or, in […]

‘Drying Out’ After the New Year


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. — “Go on that diet.” “Exercise more.” “Spend more time with my family.” “Save more money.” The start of the New Year gives us a clean slate to work with. While you’re “editing” your 2019 list of resolutions, let me add a few small things you can do on a regular basis […]

An Antioxidant A Day…


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. So much research continues about the role that diet and supplements can play in our health. This has now become the focus of research regarding diet and glaucoma. Glaucoma is a chronic and, if untreated, progressive disease where gradual damage can cause irreversible loss of vision. It is often called […]

Macular Degeneration: A Major Health Problem In The United States


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Most people have an awareness that glaucoma can lead to loss of vision, and that diabetes can damage the back of our eyes. However, there is a disease that is more prevalent than glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy combined. It is estimated that this disease will affect about 7 percent of […]

When Allergies Come ‘March’-ing In


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Although allergies can occur year-round, we are now entering the prime season…beautiful weather that reminds us why we live here, but a huge challenge trying to fend off the plethora of allergens floating around. Up to 30 percent of Americans have some form of allergy, and itchy, watery eyes ranks […]

Blue Light: The Visible Danger


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Over the past decade, our lives have been transformed due to smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices. These devices are backlit by LED light. Also, legislation has been implemented that require that incandescent light bulbs be replaced by more energy efficient LED bulbs. Unfortunately, this change in technology has come […]

The Magnificent Seven


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Most people cherish their vision more than any other sense. However, like many things in life, we often become most motivated to preserve our vision only when we find ourselves at risk to lose our vision. With deference to the proverbial “an ounce of prevention,” here are seven things you […]