There are many millions of elderly Americans, and those who will suffer, from visual impairment from macular degeneration, glaucoma, and/or cataracts.
If current trends continue, the number of people over the age of 65 who suffer from age related macular degeneration will double within the next 40 years.
Chalazion or Sty
A chalazion is a small lump on the inner or outer surface of the eyelid. It is caused by an inflammatory reaction to an oil-secreting gland in the eyelid.
A sty is a lump or pimple on the eyelid edge that represents an infection of an oil or mucous-secreting gland. A chalazion or sty can develop when an eyelid gland is blocked. Characterized by a red swollen area of the eyelid, sometimes these can become quite tender.
These problems are common and can usually be treated either with hot compresses and topical antibiotics or minor office surgery. This minor surgery takes only a few minutes and is performed under a local anesthetic. After the lump is removed, the eyelid may appear a little puffy and bruised for a few days, however this surgery is highly effective with very few complications.