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FDA approves cornea treatment for Keratoconus

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) for treating progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea which causes keratoconus in some people. A combined therapy of ultraviolet light and eye drops is used to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea. Patients suffering with keratoconus have too few collagen fiber cross-links and […]

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Alzheimer’s diagnosis using an eye scan

Researchers using modified topical endoscope fundus imaging were able to diagnose Alzheimer’s in the retinas of mice. Retinal tissue is similar to brain tissue and when Alzheimer’s begins, it changes the way that light is reflected off the retina. This change happens long before any noticeable changes in behavior or memory occur. Currently, Alzheimer’s is […]

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Be “vision smart” when using a smartphone

Many people spend time at night reading their smartphones in bed while lying on one side with the eye that is positioned on the pillow being covered by the pillow. This habit can cause eye strain and lead to the “reading” eye taking longer to adapt to the dark when the smartphone is no longer […]

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Beta carotene in Eye Vitamins?

The AREDS2 study found that people who took beta carotene had LOWER plasma levels of lutein and zeaxanthin than people who didn’t take beta carotene.  Why? Because these 3 “carotenoids” compete for absorption. Plus, beta carotene raised the risk of lung cancer. And not just in smokers. That’s why you won’t find any beta carotene in any of […]

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Be savvy about your sunglasses

When shopping for sunglasses, your top priority should not be finding the right designer pair but making sure that they will protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. The right sunglasses can be great defenders against short- and long-terme eye damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Be mindful of the following tips when selecting sunglasses: […]

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Broccoli-related compound benefits Macular Degeneration

A compound found in broccoli known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is currently being researched for it’s potential in preventing cancer and researchers are also hopeful it can be used to treat AMD. I3C activates the AhR protein, which clears environmental toxins from cells. Researchers noted that mice that were deficient in AhR developed an eye condition […]

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Google’s Artificial Intelligence may save eyesight

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is what is currently used to diagnose diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. The problem with this digital scanning method is that it is highly complex and time-consuming for eye care professionals to analyze. This adds up to time lost in diagnosing and treating as early as possible. Aware of this, […]

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LED streetlights raise health concerns

As the United States and the United Kingdom move to reduce energy consumption by replacing old street lamps with LED lights, doctors warn that the new lighting could be having detrimental effect on our sleep and vision. The American Medical Association notes that LEDs emit large amounts of blue light, which can disrupt sleep patterns by […]

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Why are Olympic Athletes Worried About Zika Virus?

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil have heightened interest in the Zika virus. Some athletes are boycotting the games. Babies affected by the Zika virus in utero can experience devastating visual problems as a result. Studies published in Ophthalmology and JAMA Ophthalmology detail findings that link the virus to various eye abnormalities. The Ophthalmology study noted visual […]

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6 Important Amsler Grid steps for Macular Degeneration

A simple, special diagnostic tool known as the Amsler grid can be of huge benefit to patients with the dry form of AMD. And the best part is that it is a free tool and can be used at home. Daily use of the Amsler grid can help the patient detect vision changes and then […]