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Stem cell reservoir found in the human eye

Researchers at the University of Southhampton have discovered stem cells in the human eye that can be changed into photo-receptor cells which may then be implanted into damaged eyes and reverse blindness. These potentially sight-saving cells were discovered in an area of the eye known as the corneal limbus. This discovery will hopefully lead to […]

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Dry AMD patients may benefit from blue-light filtering intraocular lenses after cataract surgery

A study recently published in the European Journal of Ophthalmology found that patients with dry age-related macular degeneration may benefit from blue-light filtering intraocular lenses (IOLs) after cataract surgery. The blue-light filtering lenses were found to lessen or even stop the progression of the atrophic form of dry AMD after cataract surgery. Researchers evaluated data […]

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Let’s Make Eye Contact: The Cereal Connection

Researchers at Cornell University wanted to determine what role the eye contact of spokes characters on both adult and children’s cereal boxes played in the consumer’s decision. The results were intriguing and may point to why some brands have experienced greater longevity than other brands. Two studies were conducted. In the first study, the eye […]

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Eylea on FDA fast track for diabetic retinopathy treatment

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has classified Eylea as a breakthrough therapy to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients who already have diabetic macular edema.This classification expedites the process for Eylea to be FDA approved. Currently, Eylea has FDA approval for treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, macular edema associated with central retinal vein occlusion […]

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Vitamin E and Selenium help AMD and prostate, but not cataracts

Although Vitamin E is a critical component of the AREDS 2 formula for macular degeneration, and Selenium was found to reduce prostate cancer in a national study of men taking Vitamin E, the combination is not helpful for every eye condition. A recent study involving over 11,000 men found that daily supplementation of vitamin E […]

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Chronic pain syndrome linked to higher incidence of Dry Eye Syndrome

The British Journal of Ophthalmology online published a recent study that was conducted in the United Kingdom. The study shed light on the prevalence of the disease in women in the UK. Study findings revealed that 1 in 10 women in the United Kingdom suffer from Dry Eye. A questionnaire was given to 3824 female […]

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Smartphone use – not so smart at night

The use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices such as tablets has grown tremendously over the last ten years and the consequences of using these devices at night are now being seen. The blue light that these devices emit not only interferes with our sleep cycles but it also causes damage to our vision. […]

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Reticular pseudodrusen found to be a risk factor for wet AMD

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have found a link between reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) and an increased risk of developing the wet form of macular degeneration. The study involved 200 patients with choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) secondary to age-related macular degeneration in one eye but with no signs of wet AMD in the other eye. The […]

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UK Teaching hospitals using new wet AMD treatment

Some wet AMD patients in the United Kingdom are now receiving a new, non-invasive treatment for their disease. The new treatment known as Oraya Therapy™ is being used by eye specialists at the Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. This new therapy is painless and delivers highly targeted, low-energy X-rays to the eye. The amount of radiation […]

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Alzheimer’s patients benefit from cataract surgery

The findings from a recent study conducted by the National Institute on Aging showed that Alzheimer’s patients who undergo cataract surgery have a decrease in dementia and an improvement in their quality of life. Alzheimer’s patients are frequently denied cataract surgery because it is erroneously assumed that patients won’t be able to experience improvement. Taking […]