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El Nino’s effects on eye allergies

If you are an allergy sufferer and have noticed that your allergies are more severe this year, you would be correct and you are not alone in your misery. The increased severity of spring allergies is due in part to the El Nino weather pattern. The reason for this is because the United States had […]

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Injection frequency comparable for anti-VEGF meds

Injection frequency was found to be comparable between Lucentis and Eylea as well as the cost for treatment according to data analyzed by researchers. There was no difference reported between patients new to the therapy or those who had been undergoing the treatments for a while. The researchers analyzed records for 1,018 new patients who […]

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Car side windows, cataracts and cancer

When you are considering possible risk factors for cataracts and skin cancer, you probably don’t think about the windows in your car but a new study recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that UVA protection in car side windows is not as effective as the UVA protection in the front windshield. As a result, researchers […]

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Visual acuity not maintained with anti-VEGF

A follow-up study was conducted to determine the long-term benefit and visual acuity outcomes of patients undergoing anti-VEGF treatments, such as Eyelea, Lucentis and Avastin. What researchers found was that visual gains were not maintained after 5 years of injections. Records of 647 patients with wet AMD were analyzed in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular […]

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Mobile eyewear tech available for low vision

The number of people in the United States that will suffer from low vision conditions is expected to reach almost 5 million within the next 15 years and the condition impacts daily activities and can result in isolation and rob people of their independence. With surgical or medical interventions not usually being a helpful option […]

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Avoid this one mistake when playing sports

Thousands of people make trips to the emergency room every year suffering from eye injuries caused by playing sports. A majority of serious eye injuries can be prevented by the simple act of wearing protective eyewear and protective eyewear does not mean just wearing regular eyeglasses. The appropriate protective eyewear depends upon the sport that […]

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Does Vitamin D affect Macular Degeneration?

A recent study published online in Maturitas detailed a possible link between low vitamin D levels and a higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Identifying a vitamin D deficiency may be helpful in aiding the prognosis of macular degeneration. Eleven studies were evaluated by researchers who were looking for patients with an AMD diagnosis in […]

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Drug might be useful in treating heart disease

Researchers working to treat a rare genetic condition may have stumbled upon a new drug therapy for heart disease as well. Cyclodextrin has been used for years to help dissolve and deliver certain drugs and has been considered an inactive drug but researchers recently looked to it to help treat a rare, fatal disorder. In […]

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Vitamin C may prevent cataracts

If you happen to love orange juice, gulp down another glass as a recent study points to a diet rich in vitamin C may help to prevent the formation of cataracts. Researchers were looking to determine the effect of diet on the progression of cataracts. The researchers used the UK Twins Registry to study 1,000 […]

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Delayed dark adaptation could be precursor to macular degeneration

A study published in Ophthalmology points to a link between slowed rod-mediated dark adaptation and a higher incidence of age-related macular degeneration in adults who otherwise have a healthy macula. The results of this study indicate that a patient’s delayed dark adaptation could be the very first sign of macular degeneration. The study involved 325 participants […]