William S Goldstein, MD Blog

Eye examinations help with Alzheimer's diagnosis

August 14, 2011 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Cataract Surgery In Detroit Eye Exam Eye Surgeons Eye Examination

Eye surgeons are often caught up in the details of performing advanced technique cataract surgery in Detroit. But it has often been said that "The eyes are the windows to the soul". As an eye doctor, I have increasingly realized that the eyes are the window to the overall health of the body. Diagnosis and treatment of such 'full body' conditions like Diabetes and High Blood pressure are great examples.

A recent report indicates that a simple measurement in the eye is probably highly predictive for the development of Alzheimer's Disease! Yet another reminder of how important the eyes are in the overall health of the body. The small study indicates that measurement of the diameter of the blood vessels on the retina in the back of the eye may indicate high risk for Alzheimer's.

What will we do with this information? For now, further research is needed to determine the usefullness of these findings. Eventually, it may allow earlier treatment to prevent progression

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What is 20/20 vision?

May 16, 2011 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Relex Surgery Eye Exam Vision 2020 Vision Lasik

20/20 vision has always been considered "perfect vision" by most people. And of course we have all heard nearsighted individuals call themselves blind! But it is hard to know what '20/20 vision' means, and we all know that nearsighted people are not truly blind.
The term '20/20 vision' became known as perfect vision because eye doctors used examining rooms, known as 'lanes' that were 20 feet long! If a patient could see normal sized letters at 20 feet, this was perfect vision. If they needed letters that were twice normal size, they had 20/40 vision, meaning that they were still 20 feet from the letters, but someone with perfect vision could stand 40 feet away and still see the letters.
Blindness is defined as 20/200 vision or worse in both eyes WITH corrective lenses or contact lenses. For this reason, as long as they wear their proper correction, nearsighted patients are not truly blind!
To find out more about 20/20 vision, or about eye surgeries such as LASIK or ReLEx

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