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Researchers are testing a new system which would deliver drugs to the eyes via tiny microbot inserted into the eyes of patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently, patients are subjected to frequent injections into the affected eye to treat the condition. This new d
A recent study published in the February 2011 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology reveals that despite a return to normal or near-normal vision after treatment for lazy eye, patients may still suffer from poor vision.
Researchers have identified a new candidate gene for the most prevalent form of glaucoma known as primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). Details are reported in the February 17 journal PL0S Genetics. This important discovery could lead to targeted treatment strategies for glaucoma which is
A new study reveals that patients with lung diseases such as asthma do not have an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study is published in the February edition of the American Journal of O
A new X-ray treatment under trial in the U.K. could ultimately save the vision of thousands who
Retinopathy is a major cause of blindness and is becoming even more prevalent with the increase of obesity in Americans. A new study indicates that omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the development of diabetic retinopathy.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky have discovered a new clue in what causes geographic atrophy, an advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Patients diagnosed with the dry form of AMD currently have no medical therapies available for them.
Almost 4 percent of the population over the age of 60 suffers from Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) which is an eye disease that can cause vision loss due to epithelial cell death in the cornea. A study published in the
If you've got glaucoma, there's a good chance you take eyedrops every day. But it's easy to forget to use them. You've got to remember to fill your prescription every month and to carry the eyedrops with you when you go out. Plus, glaucoma eyedrops are expensive. They have side effects, including re
In today's Super Bowl game, the opposing 300-pound players will launch themselves into each other with testosterone-laced aggression. Heads protected only by 3/4" of foam cushioning and 1/4" of polycarbonate will collide with frightening power.
Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology in Milan are currently working with organic polymer which is a light-sensitive plastic. This new technology may ultimately lead to improved retinal implants. Details of this research are published in the journal
An antioxidant found in grapes may hold the key in preventing some of the leading causes of blindness. A recent study conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis revealed that resveratrol which is found in red wine grapes? may be an effective treatment for those
Currently, patients suffering from myopic macular degeneration due to choroidal neovascularization (CNV) have no well-established treatment options. Bayer HealthCare and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals have announced the Phase III clinical trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of VEGF Trap-Eye for
Ophthalmologists now have a new treatment at their disposal to effectively treat central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). Intravitreal triamcinolone injections (a steroid injection) improve or even reduce vision loss in CRVO patients.
An article in the New York Times explores the problem of aging physicians and the potential problems that can arise. While commercial airl
Many patients prefer same-day bilateral anti-VEGF injections over unilateral injections, and a recent study confirms the safety of the bilateral injections.
A study which evaluated the incidence of age-related macular degeneration in the United States revealed that it is down to 6.5 percent from the 9.4 percent reported 15 years ago. The details are reported in the January issue of
A modified form of vitamin A is hoped to provide a new therapy in the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt disease. A license agreement between Alkeus Pharmaceuticals and Columbia University will further test the technology developed by Dr. Ilyas Washington at Columbia Uni
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a clinial trial which will involve replacing retinal cells with human embryonic stem cell-derived tissues in patients suffering from the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Type 2 diabetic patients may be at an increased risk of declining visual acuity if they partake in moderate to heavy alcohol consumption. In addition, researchers determined that the association with deterioration of visual acuity was greater for beer or spirits than with wine. The study was publish
Researchers determined that the central corneal thickness was higher in diabetic patients than in patients without diabetes. This increased thickness may cause intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements to be inflated.
Age-related cataracts are often linked with several other conditions. In a recent study, Nemet et. al. found that there is an association between cataracts and the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). 12,894 patients, ages 50 and older, were examined. Each patient was matched by age and gender
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the investigational drug Iluvien cannot be approved in its present form for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. Alimera Sciences Inc. and pSdivida Corp. developed Iluven.
A new study debunks the theory that the longer a person has been diabetic the more likely it is for serious eye disease is to develop. The study involved patients who have had Type I Diabetes for at least 50 years. Amazingly, many of these patients seem to be protected against proliferative diabetic
Yet another study detailed in the professional journal,
Diabetic patients are urged to have a yearly eye exam to spot any symptoms of glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. However, it's estimated that only half of diabetics follow this recommendation. An evaluation of recent research shows that basic eye exams by non-specialists are accurate at identifying e


While it is known that anorexia nervosa can have devastating effects on the human body, a recent study reveals that eyes can suffer significant eye damage as well. The study was published in the
A recent observational study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology reveals that women who exercise, eat a balanced diet, and don't smoke can cut their risk of developing age-related mac
A small Chinese study published in the December issued of the Archives of Ophthalmology reveals that acupuncture may effectively treat older children dealing with a particular form of lazy eye. Lazy eye
A story in the New York Times reports the progress of a potential new and improved treatment for wet macular degeneration. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has developed a new drug which would only nee
Millions of people who have lost their vision to retinal disease may soon have their vision restored by a surgery-free prosthetic retina. Researchers enabled blind mice to see images including human and animal faces as well as complex scenes with this new prosthetic retina. The artificial retinas
Patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration and who take antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication are at a higher risk of intraocular hemorrhage.
Currently there are no effective treatments available for patients dealing with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration. A drug that is currently used to treat arthritis, however, shows promise in treating dry AMD.
The ACCORD Eye Study offers hope to diabetic patients dealing with diabetic retinopathy. The study showed that intensive glycemic control combined with lipid-reduction therapy can hinder the advancement of diabetic retinopathy in older patients who have diagnosed cardiovascular risk factors along wi
A study published in November's Ophthalmology highlights the link between glaucoma and other serious illnesses. Collaboration with other medical specialists is needed to make sure the best care is given. It's theorized that glaucoma may result from abnormalities in the blood vessels and cir
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Your mother was right when she told you to take your daily vitamins. Researchers say that Vitamin D plays a key role in preventing diabetic retinopathy and that simply taking a multivitamin could help patients avoid
Researchers are pleased with the results of clinical studies which show that both Lucentis and Macugen are highly effective in treating diabetic macular edema along with treating wet age-related macular degeneration.
Over the course of ten years, the number of older Americans being treated for retinal disease has doubled. Medicare data from 1997 to 2007 was studied and the results showed a 192% increase in the number of retinal procedures that were performed. A 20 Percent jump occurred between 2006 and 2007.
Batters should take heed of the admonition to "keep their eye on the ball". A recent study dispels the myth of the "breaking" curveball. While the curveball does curve, the curve is gradual and always follows a parabolic path.
A new anticoagulant drug, dabigatran (Pradaxa) was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This new drug is approved for preventing strokes and thrombosis in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Many people may not be surprised at the findings of a recent survey which showed that the majority of eye injuries are sustained by men. The survey which was conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) found that a startling 73.5% of eye
A recent study showed that patients with intermediate or advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in at least one eye have a low adherence rate to the AREDS recommendations for vitamin supplementation. The? study was conducted to ascertain the rate of adherence to the recommendations of the A
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has issued a warning about decorative contact lenses with the looming Halloween holiday fast approaching. Trick-or-treaters might be tempted to top off their costumes with glow-in-the-dark cat-eye or zebra-striped lenses. There could be a very painful price to p
Many ophthalmologists have opted to use Avastin to treat their patients for wet age-related macular degeneration. Lucentis is the approved drug for treatment but is cost prohibitive for many patients. A small study conducted by Boston University researchers found that there is little difference in o
Those who suffer from end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will now have access to an implantable optical device that restores vision. The FDA recently approved the implantable device. Approximately 750,000 people in the United States are currently suffering from end-stage AMD.
Researchers have discovered a gene that is linked to the most common form of Fuchs corneal dystrophy (FCD). The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine online.? Previously, researchers had only been a
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Ireland. Researchers with a team at the Waterford Institute of Technology have discovered that an increase in body weight may reduce a protective eye pigment. This reduc

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