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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to follow the recommendation of its advisory panel and to rule in favor of a new eye medicine developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals  and Bayer AG called Eylea. This ruling is expected on August 20, 2011.
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On Monday mornings, our office is always busy with people who developed "pink eye" over the weekend. For some reason, these things always seem to break out on a Friday night after your doctor has closed for the weekend, the morning of your daughter's wedding or the day before the 14-day European vac
Anyone who knows me,  knows that I am a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Growing up in New Jersey, how could I not be? I have been listening to his music since the early 1980's, seen him hundreds of times in concert and even been fortunate enough to meet him a time or two "out i
I remember quite a few years ago, there was one of those Internet stories floating around about a mother who claimed to have accidentally gotten waterproof sunscreen in her kid's eyes and  that  the child was blinded for 2 days because of it. The story read that she was putting sunscreen on h
This was actually a status post that one of my friends posted on Facebook last week and ironically, also something that a co-worker in our ophthalmology office is dealing with. Have you ever just all of a sudden noticed that your eye was blood red?   Maybe you woke up with it like that one morni
According to the non-profit organization Prevent Blindness America, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the United States, 70% of  people who reach the age of seventy-five will have cataracts.
Last month, Mary Sweetman, a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, wrote about the legal requirements for vision when driving. We decided to ask the opinions of our readers how they felt about this prickly issue. Paul Krawitz, M.D.
A new study sheds light on the early cellular cause of dry eye disease. The study which is published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reveals that natural kill
A new study reveals that infants born to pregnant mothers who added the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, to their diet did not have greater visual acuity than those whose moms did not supplement their diet with DHA. This comes on the heels of earlier research that suggested DHA improves vision in preterm ba
According to the results of a new study, smokers are four times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than non-smokers. Prior studies have tried to establish a link between smoking and age-related macular degeneration but have had mixed results.
A new study published in the journal, Physiology & Behavior, claims that consumption of cocoa flavanols may enhance aspects of eye function.  In recent years, there has been heightened awareness of the advantages of eating foods containi
Columbia University Medical researchers were able to use a modified form of vitamin A which had less incidence of clumping which may help prevent vision loss due to macular degeneration. The details of this study were published in the
Researchers affirmed the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in a recent study. Women who maintained healthy eating habits had 46% lower odds for developing early macular degeneration. Women who had a higher level of physical activity saw a 54% lower risk for developing early macular degenerati
While it has been known that people with a family history have a greater chance of developing glaucoma, researchers have recently discovered two new genes that increase people's likelihood of developing glaucoma. This revelation could lead to better screening for the disease and more effective treat
In the past few weeks, I have had an unusually high number of patients asking my opinion on the eyelash enhancement drug called Latisse.
Researchers at Boston's Schepens Eye Research Institute were able to re-grow parts of the retina by using stem cells obtained from skin. Results of this study open up a wide range of possible treatments for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disorders.
One of the hidden dangers to summer has nothing to do with s
New research affirms the protective effect lutein and zeaxanthin have against age-related macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin are macular xanthophylls (pigments) and they play an important role in healthy vision
Eye patients undergoing treatment with Avastin face an increased risk of stroke or death compared to patients who are treated with Lucentis. Medicare data was analyzed by Johns Hopkins University and presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in May 2011.
University of Melbourne researchers have discovered a link between increased body fat in men and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study notes that a small increase in a man’s waist size increases the risk of macular degeneration by as much as 75%!
A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine reports that the omega-3 metabolite 4-HD
A recent study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology shows that a regular diet of fish and supplementation of the Omega-3 fat
A study published in the February issue of Ophthalmology reveals that Asian Americans have a 6.5 percent risk of developing glaucoma. This risk is comparable to the risk for the Latino po
Researchers have discovered a strong protective association between Vitamin D and the prevalence of early macular degeneration. It is believed that Vitamin D affects the immune system and helps protect against inflammatory diseases. Women who are deficient in vitamin D may be at a higher risk of dev
Research that was presented at the recent Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting showed that oral zinc supplements such as those found in the VisiVite i-Defense formulas may cause gene expression changes in the
Currently, there is no effective surgical treatment for dry macular degeneration or GA and researchers hope this procedure could bring about a long-term treatment of dry macular degeneration by using a simple surgical procedure. A recent study published in the
Now that May is here and baseball season is in full "swing", I spend most of my weekends sitting in the stands watching my 11 year-old play baseball. This kid not only plays baseball, he eats, lives and breathes the sport. Because he would like to believe he is in the big leagues, he gets very angry
Researchers at Duke University discovered that patients who undergo anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment for macular degeneration are at a higher risk of having ocular complications. Researchers used the Medicare claims database for their study.
Selecting the right resveratrol supplement can be a daunting task. The research and science behind this powerful antioxidant is impressive, but it hasn’t been studied for very long.
A recent study reveals that medical therapy equals surgery for ischemic heart failure. Details of the study trial are in the New England Journal of Medicine. The prevailing thought for more than 20 years study
In the April issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, research has shown that vitamin D supplementation may be an important key in warding of age-related macular degeneration in women younger than 75 years of age. AMD is a c
New hope is offered in the search for new treatments for age related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center were able to create retinal cells from adult stem cells in a laboratory. The study is published in the March 24 issue of
A recent study published in the March issue of the journal Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery reveals that eye surgery can improve the quality of life for people suffering from facial paralysis. Because of the
A recent study revealed that holding a cell phone to the ear for an extended time increases brain activity in the areas of the brain closest to the phone?s antenna. The study findings are significant because they show that there is an acute effect . What needs to be determined now is whether this ef
I successfully avoided American Idol for its first 9 seasons, only to turn it on to follow a favorite with a family link to our office. But I'm turning it off once again. Here's why. Take 1: If any of you saw the movie, "A Beautif
A new study in published in the journal Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation reveals that adults with decreased kidney function are at an increased risk of developing age-related macular degenerat
Retinopathy of prematurity is a condition that affects mainly low-birth-weight infants and is the number one cause of childhood blindness in the world. A new study showed that intravitreal injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) was more successful in treating retinopathy of prematurity than conventiona
Patients with retinal disease who are treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF injections have a lower incidence of retinal detachment according to a recent study. The retrospective study involved reviewing cases from six centers over a consecutive 36-month period from January 2006 to December 2008.

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