The Potential Link Between Vision Impairment and Dementia

Does poor eyesight contribute to mental decline and dementia as we age? Does correcting vision loss prevent or slow down cognitive (memory loss, poor thinking, etc.) decline?

These are very important questions for all seniors. Recent studies show that the prevalence of dementia is expected to double every 20 years and vision loss increase by two-fold in the next 30 years.

Ophthalmologists have long observed that improving vision by cataract surgery in individual patients can help the mental functioning in mild to moderate dementia. I recently received a phone call from the daughter of a patient with moderate dementia who was elated to tell me that her father’s dementia improved significantly after surgery.

A recent landmark study reveals that vision loss and dementia are significantly associated with one another. This information is tremendously important, given the lack of adequate treatment for dementia and the huge toll that this disease takes on the patient, family and society as a whole.

The five major causes of vision loss in the elderly cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and the need for eyeglasses are all treatable. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends an eye exam for all individuals over 65 every one to two years.

November 6, 2017

Healthy Foods for Healthy Eyes

Proper nutrition is important for good health and emotional wellbeing, but did you know that it also plays a huge role in your eye’s health? Eyes require good nutritional support for a lifetime of proper function.

As we age and expose our eyes to various environmental hazards such as UV light, good nutrition becomes critical. When it comes to healthy vision, micronutrients are most important.

To keep your eyes working like new for a lifetime, try these foods and vitamins:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an important micronutrient for ocular health and good vision. This vitamin is necessary for the production of retinal pigments used by the light sensing rods and cones in the retina. The most effective way to supplement your body with Vitamin A is by consuming vegetables that are rich in carotenoids including carrots, sweet potato, kale, spinach, pumpkin and collard greens.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and Zeaxanthin, also considered carotenoids, help protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Studies show that foods containing these pigments help lower the incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. Foods containing Lutein and Zeaxanthin include eggs, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, zucchini and tomatoes.

These compounds have been shown to effectively slow down the progression of certain types of AMD. The AREDS-2 formulation found in Preservision 2 Eye Vitamin and Mineral Supplement is one such product.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

These promote great cardiovascular health. Studies show that people consuming foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, herring etc.), fish oil, walnuts, flax seeds, avocados and dark, leafy vegetables. Omega-3 is also very helpful in individuals with Dry Eyes and is now a standard treatment for this problem.

Adding these important foods to your diet is a great way to maintain and improve your eye health. It’s also important to visit your eye doctor annually for a comprehensive eye exam. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


Coastal Jersey Eye Center Welcomes Optometrist Dr. Harvey Wolbransky

LINWOOD, NJ (August 2, 2017) – Coastal Jersey Eye Center is pleased to announce the addition of Optometrist, Dr. Harvey Wolbransky. Dr. Wolbransky examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as identify related conditions affecting the eye. In addition, he prescribes medications, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

“Dr. Wolbransky has decades of experience in some of the region’s premiere eye care practices making him uniquely qualified to serve patients in Atlantic and Cape May counties,” said Stephen H. Uretsky, M.D., founder and managing director of Coastal Jersey Eye Center. “He deeply cares about helping patients preserve their vision for life, making him a great addition to our practice.”

Currently, Dr. Wolbransky is also a consulting physician for March Vision Care, Superior Vision Services and Superior Vision Managed Care Affiliates and Spectera Vision Care.

“I chose to join Coastal Jersey Eye Center because of Dr. Uresky’s excellent reputation as an eye surgeon and eye care practice,” said Dr. Wolbransky. “I am happy to be working with this team of talented medical professions devoted to eye health.”

Dr. Wolbransky has served South Jersey’s eye care needs for over 35 years in private practice at Cooper River Eye Associates in Pennsauken and Hammonton, N.J. He dedicated his time to serving on the Board of Trustees at Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Camden Optometric Eye Center. Dr. Wolbransky is currently the athletic sports medicine eye physician for Temple University. He previously served as the president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and has held several executive positions at both the state and national levels.