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A new therapy currently undergoing clinical studies offers hope to macular degeneration patients. Pazonpanib which has been used as an oral treatment for renal cell carcinoma can also be administered as topical eye drops.
After undergoing a massive expansion, the Kellogg Eye Center located at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is having a dedication ceremony on April 23, 2010. The expanded facility includes a recently opened Brehm Center for Diabetes Research.
A study published in the April 2010 issue of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal details the results of using nucleic acid nanoparticles to restore the vision in mice. This fo
A vitamin E packed contact lens has the potential of preserving the vision of people being treated for glaucoma. While the contact lens can't repair damage that has been done, it can prevent any further decline in vision. Currently, glaucoma is usually treated with eye drops. These drops are
While men and women have many health differences, one difference that is probably not widely known is that women are more susceptible to eye disease and other eye conditions than men. Eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy are diagnosed in more women
People who are at the highest risk of developing glaucoma may benefit from early treatment of ocular hypertension. Ocular hypertension is high pressure within the eye and is a leading risk factor for the development of the most common form of glaucoma. Ocular hypertension is the only risk factor tha
Renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. Arnall Patz, has passed away at the age of 89. Dr. Patz's groundbreaking research led to the discovery that high doses of oxygen administered to premature infants could cause a form of blindness now known as retinopathy of prematurity (R.O.P.).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Acucela and Otsuka the Fast Track designation for their new oral medication intended to treat dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Researchers have found a relationship between anti-depressant use and an increased risk of developing cataracts. A recent study found a statistical relationship between a diagnosis of cataracts? or cataract surgery and the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Patien
Uveitis, an inflammation of the eye's middle layer of tissue, is responsible for about 10 percent of blindness in the United States. And smoking may increase the risk of contracting uveitis.
Women who are using or who had used Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) have higher rates of cataract removal than women who have never used HRT. This was the finding of an eight-year study of more than 30,000 postmenopausal Swedish women.
Predominantly considered a disease of the eye, scientists have discovered that the first signs of injury in glaucoma actually take place in the brain. The details of the discovery are in this week's Pro
A researcher has discovered the process which causes retinal cells to die causing blindness in diabetic patients. It has long been known that high blood sugar levels from diabetes damage blood vessels in the eye. The new discovery isolates the siah-1 protein as being a key component in the vascular
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. has filed a request with the FDA to test a treatment for macular degeneration. Advanced Cell would be conducting the clinical trial with the Foundation Fighting Blindness which is bound by
Researchers have mapped five types of light receptors in a chicken's eye. What researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered is that the receptors were laid out in interwoven mosaics which afforded the chicken the ability to see several colors in any given part of t
3D movies are making a huge comeback these days. Moviegoers flocked to the blockbuster "Avatar" and were dazzled by the 3D images. However, for a small percentage of people, 3D movies can be a real headache.
A recent study published in the online journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine reveals that type 2 diabetics were much more likely to demonstrate poor impulse control in psychological testing than healthy people.
An increasing number of Americans are being diagnosed with myopia according to a study by the National Eye Institute. The dramatic increase could be due to the increased use of technological gadgets such as cell phones,? iPods and computers.
Glaucoma patients who are treated with glaucoma medications may benefit in the form of a lowered mortality risk. A study published in the February issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology sheds light on the
Patients suffering from Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO) may benefit from injections of Macugen. A recent study offered promising results with half of the participants gaining at least 3 lines of vision by 30 weeks in the 54 week study. The study was published in the January issue of the
Prednisone, a glucocorticoid, is used to treat a number of diseases, some acutely (asthma suddenly out of control), some chronically (ulcerative colitis, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Giant Cell Arteritis). Despite the plethora of powerful new medications being developed, prednisone still works well to co
A recent study involved the use of epimacular brachytherapy to treat patients requiring continual anti-VEGF injections found that the procedure may ease the number of treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Epimacula
Cataract surgery patients may benefit in the future from a dual-optic intraocular lens currently in the experimental stages.
A new generation of femtosecond laser systems has gained approval from the FDA to be used in laser cataract surgery. The new technology offers a cleaner, and more exact cut. Current femtosecond laser systems such as those used in corneal transplants don't penetrate far enough and the new technolo
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Another procedure that is revolutionizing the treatment of glaucoma is the Trabectome. Like canaloplasty, the Trabectome is a minimally invasive surgical technique. The Trabectome works by restoring the eye's natural drainage pathways.
Glaucoma elevates the intraocular pressure in a patient's eyes. A surgical procedure known as trabeculectomy has been the only surgical method available to reduce the elevated eye pressure. This surgical technique is invasive and carries a risk of infection or pressure which is too low post-operativ
The eyes may be more than the windows to the soul. They may allow doctors to diagnose neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's years before the onset of symptoms. An eye test in early development may transform doctors' ability to detect and treat diseases such as glaucoma and Alzheimer's. Th
Acucela Inc. has announced Phase 2 clinical trials of it's ACU-4429 for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).? ACU-4429 works by decreasing the levels of toxic products in the eye thus hopefully stopping the advance of dry AMD. More than 29 million people worldwide are affe
Patients are frequently concerned about the benefits and risks of medical procedures. And the standard of care for the treatment of wet macular degeneration is injections of a drug into the vitreous cavity of the eye, where it hopefully causes atrophy and elimination of abnormal blood vessels that l
Diabetic African-American patients may benefit from a reduction of calories and sodium in their diets. Regulating caloric and sodium intake may reduce the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy.
There is an exciting development in the diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A new device, the AdaptDX, will allow doctors to detect the onset of macular degeneration by measuring how fast the eyes adapt to darkness. This new device is currently undergoing clinical trials here in the
Children who have rapidly progressing myopia (nearsightedness) may benefit from wearing bifocals rather than single-vision eyeglasses.
For people suffering from severe forms of dry eye, relief may be found in the form of cyclosporine. Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion, or better known by its prescription name of Restasis, can increase tear production and reduce dry eye symptoms.
While not as well known as an orange or an apple, the fruit of a tamarind tree may find an explosion in popularity. Scientists are encouraged by results of clinical trials using eye drops made from tamarind fruit to relieve Dry Eye syndrome. The new eye drops offer a combination of two active ing
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in Americans over the age of 65. This risk is greatly increased when smoking is added to the equation. The January 2010 issue of the America
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness among those dealing with diabetes. Diabetic macular edema can lead to progressive diabetic retinopathy. Laser photocoagulation is still the preferred method of treatment despite successful use of corticosteroid injections. Researchers were led
Fiction may become a reality in the near future. Many people remember the television show "The Six Million Dollar Man" and the main character, Steve Austin's "bionic" eye. Researchers are trying to develop a flexible retinal implant to restore vision for those suffering from age-related macular dege
For years, doctors have been warning people about the health risks of a diet high in polyunsaturated fats. Along with other areas of a person's health that are affected by such diets, a person's vision is at risk as well. Scientists have recently discovered that the amount and type of fats consumed
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is becoming increasingly common. A study published in this week's Archives of Ophthalmology shows an alarming rise in the rates of myopia among Americans. Americans aren't the only ones expe
The discovery of a new inherited eye disease will hopefully? provide a deeper understanding of other common retinal diseases. The new eye disease which affects the macula was discovered by scientists at the University of Iowa. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="260"]
Aspirin is a cheap over-the-counter-medication that is often hailed for its benefits in reducing the risk of heart attack in patients. However, aspirin does not? decrease the risk of vision loss in elderly patients.
Stem cells that can be derived from patients may? provide a possible treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Unlike embryonic stem cells which can cause an immune rejection in the patient, induced stem cells are taken from the patient directly.
There is good news for people who take statins to reduce their cholesterol levels. A study published in the December 2009 issue of Ophthalmology concludes that the use of statins
Each week or two, I get several email responses to my Sight For Life newsletter. (If you're not already getting this, you can sign up for free at by clicking HERE). I personally respond to each person. The letters below sure keeps us feeli
Peripheral vision affects many areas of our lives, including driving. It is also an integral part of team sports such as football and basketball. Unlike other visual problems, peripheral vision loss cannot be fixed by using glasses or contacts. The two components of vision are central vision and
The eyes can be a good indicator of a person's overall physical and mental health. Visual symptoms can aid a physician in correctly diagnosing other physical and mental problems.
In the twenty years that I've been in practice, I've witnessed a skyrocketing rate of Diabetes Mellitus. More than half of the diabetics in my practice are poorly controlled, and each week it seems, I discover bleeding of the retina in someone who didn't know that he or she even had diabetes.
Children today are growing up as a computer generation. Along with the benefits of being computer savvy, there are risks of too much time in front of a monitor. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is caused by stress put upon the eyes by working with a computer screen.

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