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A survey conducted by the American Optometric Association found that only 19 percent of parents? take their children for a full eye assessment before their first birthday. Another third wait until their children are between one and two years of age while 26 percent wait until their children reach fi
Doctors may soon be able to easily screen patients for common eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. A new imaging device uses six different wavelengths to illuminate the interior of the eyeball.
I received the following inspiring letter this week. Dr. Paul Krawitz, President and CEO Dear Visi-vite:
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A team of researchers at MIT has developed a prototype eye test that could revolutionize eye care in underdeveloped nations. While the eye test won't do away with the need for eye doctors, it will make it easier for people to get the proper prescription from agencies which offer donated glasses.
While the majority of people are aware of skin damage that can result from unprotected exposure
By inserting an artificial collagen implant into the eye, scientists have developed a way for
One bottle is for swimming pool chemistry and contains hydrochloric a
Eyecare professionals are warning against the latest craze found in "circle" contacts as worn by pop starlet Lady Gaga in her "Bad Romance" video. While the circle lenses are illegal to sell in the United States, they can be purchased online and more and more teenagers are hopping on board the fashi
Angiogenesis, or the growth of new blood vessels, is a normal process that is vital
In a recent study conducted at Tufts University, researchers demonstrated that non-viral gene therapy can delay the onset of retinal degeneration of the eye and preserve vision. Sma
While maintaining a healthy body weight is instrumental in preventing the onset of many diseases, a higher body weight may actually protect women from a form of glaucoma. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is one of the most prevalent forms of age-related eye diseases.
A new study published in the online July 22 edition of
Researchers found that contact lens wearers may be 9 times more likely to develop ulcers of the cornea than those who do not wear contacts. The cornea is the clear front layer of the eye. Viral or bacterial infections can cause the open sores which are known as corneal ulcers. The result of such ulc
A new study published in this week's Journal of? the American Medical Association reveals that one in three people with diabetes has diabetic retinopathy. In addition, 4% of those diagnosed with the disease h
A treatment that is currently FDA approved to treat seizures, migraines and bipolar disorder is being evaluated as a possible treatment for retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Retinitis pigmentosa is a common retinal degenerative disease which is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells. It affects 1 in 4,
People who consume fatty fish regularly tend to have lower rates of AMD than people who do not. A new study reported in the professional journal, Ophthalmology supports previously reported evidence that omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the onset or slow the progression of age-related macular deg
Certain eye conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration may soon be treated by eye implants. The revolutionary eye implant has actually been in development since the late 1980s and human clinical trials are expected to begin within the next three years.
Amblyopia is failure of vision to develop fully in infants despite normal eyes. It can occur from various causes, including strabismus (crossed eyes), undiagnosed need for strong eyeglasses, and most severely when the vision is blocked due to a drooping eyelid. One of the benign tumors of the eye
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope for treating patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This visual prosthetic device is the first of its kind and will aid those patients with the most advanced form of AMD which is the lea
A pioneer in the fight against age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? has passed away. Rod Ausich was the inventor who discovered that Lutein could be a powerful tool in preventing AMD.
Linear charts are the current method used in vision screenings for adolescent children. This method of screening may be unreliable in diagnosing farsightedness and astigmatism in school-aged children.
The admonition that "we are what we eat" has been repeated down through the years. What we eat can protect us from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as well. A recent study finds that a regular diet of both protective nutrients and foods with a low-glycemic index can prevent AMD.
Smoking and high cholesterol are two modifiable risk factors that can affect the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A new study shows that AMD occurs infrequently before age 55 but increases beyond that. There exists the ability to diminish the risk factors by eliminating
A six-month review by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) resulted in the approval of the injectable macular degeneration drug, Lucentis, for the treatment of retinal vein occlusion.
An antioxidant found in red wine, grapes and berries called resveratrol may prevent the leading causes of blindness.  A recent study demonstrated that Resveratrol effectively prevented new blood vessels from forming and eliminating them once they had formed.
Elderly patients who wear bifocals or progressive lenses may benefit in having a second pair of "distance only" glasses for use when going outdoors. For those who are at a high risk of falling, the distance only glasses would help lessen the problems of depth perception and contrast sensitivity that
Dear Dr. Krawitz, After my husband's ophthalmologist appointment yesterday for a check-up because of his dry AMD, I showed her the bottle of your VisiVite i-defense green formula which he has been taking for the 9 months since being diagnosed. She immediately told me he should be taking the prove
Cataracts are the leading cause of impaired vision. Cataracts occur when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. A recent study found that one type of cataract, the cortical cataract, may be more likely to form when a patient has taken certain types of commonly used drugs. These types of drugs are
Dear Dr. Krawitz, More good news.? I was at the special eye clinic in Belfast on Monday.??? For about 3 months now they've been watching my right eye (my good eye) and had noticed a very slight
A healthy diet can have positive effects on many aspects? of a person's overall health. A recent study concludes that there is an association between a healthy diet and a decreased risk of nuclear cataracts in women. The results of the study can be found in the June issue of
At a recent lecture that I gave to the Family Practice Department at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, New York, one of the doctors asked whether all people with retinal drusen need to take eye vitamins. My letter to the doctor is below. ========= Dear Doctor, Thank you for asking an excel
Seniors who take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants may be more likely to develop cataracts. Published in this month's Ophthalmology, the study no
Intraocular lenses are often used to treat infants who have congenital cataracts. A recent study in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery indicates that the intraocular le
Back in 2006, the National Eye Institute approved funding of a clinical study to compare the effectiveness of two drugs, Avastin and Lucentis in treating wet AMD. However, the study didn't actually launch until early 2008 and just reached its patient capacity in late 2009.
The first step toward the development of transplant-ready retinas has been taken with the announcement that an eight-layer, early stage retina has been created from human embryonic stem cells.
For those who need their caffeine fix, there's now another reason to indulge in your favorite caffeinated beverage. A new study shows that caffeine may actually protect the lens of the eye against damage which can lead to the formation of cataracts.
It's summertime again and much attention is given to the necessity of protecting children's skin from the damage of harmful UV rays. But parents should be mindful of guarding their children's eyes from the sun's rays as well.
Ben Franklin, the inventor of the bifocals and discoverer of electricity in lightning, never put the two together. But a new electronic eyeglass does
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is more than just a poor night's sleep. OSAS can affect a person's overall health which even includes ocular health. Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea are at risk for many eye abnormalities. Ophthalmologists are taking note of the apparent lin
Laser surgery, including both Lasik and PRK, has been the standard procedure for nearsighted people who want to shed their glasses or contact lenses. However, for those people who are severely nearsighted, laser surgery is not practical because so much tissue has to be removed. As an alternative, do
Researchers randomized 691 participants (854 eyes) with diabetic macular edema (DME) involving the cent
In four separate reports, researchers from the Los Angeles Latino study provide the four-year incidence of blindness and visual impairment, cataract and
Strabismus is a vision problem in which both eyes do not look straight and most frequently occurs in early childhood. A recent study indicates that children whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant are at an increased risk of strabismus. The study is published in the March 25, 2010 edition of t
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Traditionally, patients suffering from diabetic macular edema have undergone laser treatments for their condition. A new study shows that patients benefit from receiving an injection of the drug Lucentis in combination with the laser therapy.
Cataracts are a leading cause of impaired vision and blindness among Americans aged 40 years and older. Some studies have indicated a link between cataract surgery and an increased risk for macular disease. This could be due to the increased transmission of short wavelength (blue) light to the retin
Researchers have been able to identify the virus that is the leading cause of inflammation in pink eye. The highly contagious condition leads to inflammation, redness and discharge in the eyes.
While the connection is not fully understood, researchers have found a link between a gene variant and levels o
Floppy eyelid syndrome (FES) has been found to be strongly associated with obstructive sleep apnea in a recent study. While relatively uncommon, FES is typically seen in overweight, middle-aged males. It is characterized by rubbery-textured upper eyelids that might easily flip up during sleep.

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