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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 […]

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Eyedrops that prevent cataracts

With the hopes of making cataract surgery a thing of the past, researchers at Louisiana State University are working on a method of delivering lutein via nanoparticles in a convenient eyedrop. Nanoparticles enable the lutein to be more easily absorbed in the human eye. Researchers are looking for a dual purpose in the eye drops: […]

Fireworks: Keeping eyes safe

The 4th of July is right around the corner and those celebrating with fireworks need to take the appropriate precautions to keep their eyes safe. Each year, emergency rooms across the United States see hundreds of patients with eye injuries caused by fireworks. The number of these injuries doubled from 600 in 2011 to 1,300 […]

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Fireworks Eye Injury Graphic

It’s not too early to warn those you love about the risks to their eyes if they choose to light their own fireworks. This graphic below is from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s web site. Even sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 times hotter than boiling water.

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Dermal fillers to face can cause blindness

Thousands of women believe that dermal fillers are a safe and affordable way to improve their looks. The procedure involves injecting a gel substance – most commonly hyaluronic acid – under the skin which fills in folds in the skin, making them smoother. Originally intended to help reduce deformities, dermal fillers have become a mainstay of treatment by dermatologists, […]

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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 […]