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.
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.
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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.
If any of you saw the movie, "A Beautif
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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