Ophthalmologists as Photographers?

Photos in the Eye Doctor’s Office I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a physician who treats vision and eye diseases is interested in the color and majesty of photography. Beginning two years ago, I began rescuing my best shots out of my computer and gave them life as prints. What camera do I use? The […]

Which sport causes most eye injuries?

In my practice, you’d be surprised by the answer. And since April is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Sports Safety Month, it’s important to think about protecting your eyes when playing. Now that the March Madness college basketball championship is over (boo hoo for my University of Michigan team), you’ll want to be aware that […]

Some unproven stem cell treatments can cause blindness

Stem cell therapy is a hot topic in the news and the hope that stem cell therapy provides as a potential treatment for macular degeneration has resulted in clinics across the country providing unproven treatments. Recently, three elderly women underwent an unapproved stem cell therapy at a Florida clinic and within a week of receiving, […]

Steroids for macular degeneration?

It is a known fact that inflammation plays a role in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but using steroids to treat AMD has not yet been shown to have any demonstrable effect on the disease. Doctors have tried various anti-inflammatory drugs to try and inhibit the inflammation of AMD with little success. Many […]

Tiny eye implant may help blind people

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a high-resolution retinal prosthesis that uses nanowires and wireless electronics to assist neurons in the retina in responding to light. The device will aid people suffering from eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa. This new device differs from current retinal prostheses in […]

App allows users to ‘see’ retinal disease

A new virtual and augmented reality app called “In My Eyes” allows users to experience what it is like to have different kinds of retinal disease. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals teamed with Intouch Solutions to create the app. Available for free download in the iTunes and Google app stores, the app can be used with or without […]

Blue-Blocking Computer Glasses – All Hype?

The hot topic these days is the dangers of blue light and companies are starting to jump on the blue-blocking bandwagon by offering glasses to “help” counter the effects of blue light on vision. But experts say, “not so fast” and urge consumers to check out the facts. The first thing to consider is that […]

Dry Eye Syndrome

Examination by the doctor may show reduced tears and dry spots on the cornea. Testing may include:  Schirmer Test A small strip of absorptive paper is put on the edge of the eyelid and the wetting of the strip is measured after 5 minutes. TearLab TearLab® is a Medicare and insurance-approved objective measurement of the […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Childhood cataracts can be diagnosed with artificial intelligence

Chinese researchers developed a new artificial-intelligence system that can diagnose a rare eye condition known as congenital cataracts. The new system is called the CC-Cruiser and is designed to mimic the way the brain handles vision. The CC-Cruiser is designed to scan images of eyes to diagnose congenital cataracts, which cloud the lens of a […]