From the school yard to the toy store, parents’ number one priority is keeping their children out of harm’s way. However, news stories about bus fires and kidnappings have many moms and dads concerned. Witness the stories and learn which precautions to take to keep your kids safe.
I’ve always had perfect vision but I know it won’t last forever. At what age do your eyes typically start to fade and is there anything I can do to stop this from happening?
“The reality is, as you age, you will lose a little bit of your visual acuity,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “It’s something that typically starts in your 40s. The lens [of your eye], whenever you’re looking at an object, is constantly adjusting to [focus], but over time that lens hardens and cannot bend to focus like it used to."
“You can delay [vision loss] by taking good care of your eyes. Eat veggies, wear sunglasses, have regular eye exams and reduce eye strain as much as possible,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon adds.
“But, no matter what you do, there are some age-related eye conditions that you cannot prevent,” Dr. Travis says.
By the age of 80, 50 percent of adults will have some form of cataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye. The deterioration develops slowly and causes blurred vision, glare, compromised night vision, double vision and frequent prescription changes in eyewear.
Gail, 58, says she was given eye glasses at the age of 5, but avoided them for vanity reasons, causing her to strain and squint to see. By age 40, she says she could no longer function without the help of glasses.
“I started noticing at night I had diminished vision,” Gail says. “So I went to the eye doctor and he said I had a slight cataract.
“I want to be able to see well again and not worry about the hassle of contacts and glasses,” she adds.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Jonathan Pirnazar uses the new LenSx laser to perform cataract surgery on Gail.
“Gail is extremely far- sighted and her cataract is blocking her vision,” Dr. Pirnazar explains. “This laser will eliminate her need for glasses 100 percent.”
The new LenSx laser has been shown to improve safety and accuracy, and yield more predictable results in performing cataract surgery. The laser creates the incisions in the eye, then breaks up the cataract and treats the astigmatism, allowing the ophthalmologist to go inside the eye and remove the cataract with more precision than traditional cataract removal procedures. The entire treatment takes roughly seven minutes and Gail reports not feeling any pain.
“Gail is now glasses-free and doesn’t need them for driving, watching TV or reading,” Dr. Pirnazar says.
“If you’re losing your vision or noticing anything abnormal, get your eyes checked because many symptoms are reversible,” Dr. Travis says.
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Teen Brain vs. Adult Brain
Ever wonder why teens exhibit a significant shift in behavior? There is actually a medical explanation. Kathy says she’s concerned about her 16-year-old daughter, Kamila’s, behavior.
“My 16 year old daughter Kamila just got her license and she drives way too fast,” Kathy says. “It’s like she’s a different person as a teen, lying about where she’s going and speeding like it’s no big deal. Should I be concerned? Please tell me this is just a phase and that she’ll grow out of it.”
“We clash about everything,” Kamila says. “I wish my mom would trust me more.”
Dr. Travis explains that teens respond strongly to the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone oxytocin, which reward the brain’s pleasure and empathy systems. Learn why teens are more sensitive to rewards and less sensitive to risks than adults.
The emotional center and decision-making areas of teenage brains are still developing and become fine-tuned with experience. While a teen is capable of making correct decisions, emotions may win over reason in the heat of the moment, which can lead to poor judgment and experimenting with alcohol and drugs. Teen brains also have more receptors for drugs and alcohol to bind to, which can impact learning and memory.
It is important for parents to understand the differences between teenage brain chemistry and their own to fully understand what their child is going through and take the correct steps to guide them in the right direction.
• Dangerous teen trends.
• Teen body struggles.
Finding Your Balance
Feeling a little unsteady as you age? Shirlee, 75, says she’s recently suffered a few falls, and asks The Doctors how to improve her balance.
Dr. Ordon explains how the inner ear is responsible for regulating balance and how growing older can affect it.
More than one-third of imbalance-related falls occur while bathing or showering, and the injury rate rises with age. However, the Comfort Walk-In Tub caters to individuals with a greater risk of falling, with a low step and grab bars for exiting and entering the tub.
If you are concerned about your balance, be sure to consult with your doctor to take the necessary preventative measures.
• Fall-proof your home!
Scott Cole's Tai Chi Tips for Better Balance
Tai Chi expert Scott Cole, creator of the Discover Tai Chi DVD series, reveals how mind-body exercise can help people stay balanced and fit at any age.
• Why you can have balance and mobility at any age.
• Top Five Tai Chi balance moves.
• Discover Tai Chi for balance and mobility.
• Scott joins The Doctors with tips to prevent falling.