Are computer eyeglass coatings worth the money?

People in their 50’s and older often require a separate computer eyeglass prescription. The popular trending item these days is computer glasses that are touted to filter out blue light from computers, smartphones and other mobile devices. Overexposure to blue light is blamed for any myriad of health problems according to ads for the glasses. […]

Eye disease screening recommendations

Adults who have no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 according to recommendations by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Age 40 is the age when early signs of eye disease and vision changes might begin to occur. The baseline screening will allow the ophthalmologist […]

Eye care providers not always detecting AMD

A recent study found that many times, primary eye care providers are missing cases of age-related macular degeneration. After reviewing data on 1,288 eyes in patients who received a dilated eye exam and who were not diagnosed with macular degeneration, researchers had retina specialists take another look and macular degeneration was diagnosed in 25 percent […]

Preschoolers more likely to have vision problems

Two population-based studies were the focus for researchers examining the future of eye health of children. The retrospective study included the records of children ages 3 to 5 years in the United States from 2015. The research team from the University of Southern California considered visual impairment as decreased visual acuity (VA) as being <20/50 […]

Easier than eyedrops after cataract surgery

An injection into the eye containing antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs was given to patients undergoing cataract surgery as a substitute for the standard post-operative 4-week eyedrop therapy. This new treatment was evaluated for effectiveness and patient satisfaction. The current standard protocol for people who have undergone cataract surgery requires them to self-administer topical antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eyedrops as post-operative […]

#1 Cause of Vision Loss in Adults? Diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is the #1 cause of vision loss among working adults between the ages of 20 and 74 in the United States.* Lucentis recently gained FDA approval for monthly treatment of every form of diabetic retinopathy. This marks the first drug that the FDA has approved to treat diabetic retinopathy “with or without diabetic macular […]

Hep C raises risk for cataracts

Study findings published in PLoS One show patients suffering from hepatitis C (HCV) infection have an increased risk of developing cataracts. Researchers from China Medical University Hospital in Tiachung, Taiwan wanted to investigate whether HCV infection was associated with a higher risk of cataract formation. Researchers analyzed database records of 11,652 patients with HCV and […]

Discontinuing macular degeneration injections results in vision loss

A retrospective, observational study examined the data from 35 patients who had received anti-VEGF injections of the eye for treatment of the wet form of macular degeneration but then stopped treatment despite continued symptoms. Researchers found a notable deterioration in visual acuity over two years. Researchers looked at the best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at the […]

Doctors successful retinal stem cell treatment

Doctors successfully transplanted retinal stem cells from a donor to the recipient in the first ever surgery of its type. Previously, doctors had performed a retinal stem cell transplant back in 2014 using that patient’s own skin cells that were reprogrammed. That procedure was considered a success after a year with no decline in the patient’s […]

Not keeping up with your eye vitamins?

Keeping pace with your macular degeneration eye vitamins every day can be a challenge. I know, because while 90% of my own patients take them twice daily, every day, about one in ten people struggle to keep up. And each time an autoship customer tells us to delay a shipment because they “have too many […]