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Doctors step away from high risk surgeries to avoid bad report cards

Like the road that gets doubly filled with traffic when electronic signage informs them that it is the less trafficked route, likewise doctor and hospital report cards intended to help patients find lower risk facilities for heart surgery has unintended outcomes. An article in the New York Times describes how some of the most talented […]

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Clearing up copper confusion

Recently, copper, in the form of cupric oxide, has been dealt a bit of a bad reputation amongst some health-related sites and its safety for use in macular degeneration formulas has been called into question. Dr. Paul Krawitz, President and CEO of VisiVite and ophthalmologist would like to address these concerns. Dr. Krawitz points out […]

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Eyelash extensions pose hazard to the eyes

Consumers looking to enhance their eyes with eyelash extensions should be aware of the risks of using these cosmetic accessories. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has issued recommendations as well as warnings in regards to eyelash extensions. When considering eyelash extensions, consumers should confirm that the aesthetician is certified and working in a reputable salon. […]

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Your eyes are what you eat?

A study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology presented a possible link between the stereotypical American diet and risk of developing macular degeneration. Researchers compared the Asian dietary pattern to the Western dietary pattern of those who participated in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study. Dietary intake was determined by data collected from a 90-item food […]

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July is Senior Independence Month

July is just around the corner and it is the month for celebrating not only our nation’s independence but it is also Senior Independence Month. With one in six adults aged 65 or older suffering from a vision impairment that cannot be fixed with corrective lenses, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)  is offering suggestions […]

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Zeaxanthin a hit for MLB players

Major Leage Baseball players know that having great skills won’t get you very far if your vision and ability to focus on the ball is not optimal. Sensitivity to light and squinting can diminish a player’s abilities. Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that daily consumption of zeaxanthin, which is found in many […]

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Glaucoma research aided by virtual reality technology

Researchers looking into the factors that lead to falls in elderly patients who suffer from glaucoma utilized virtual reality technology to aid them in their study. Patients with glaucoma have three times the risk of falling than those who do not have glaucoma and falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among the elderly. […]

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‘Tis the season of allergies and dry eye

Doctors have long held the belief that allergies and dry eye syndrome were separate conditions but a study that was published in the April 2015 issue of Ophthalmology details a connection between spring allergens and dry eye. Dry eye is a very common condition and affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men […]

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AIDS patients have increased risk of developing macular degeneration

A study conducted by the National Eye Institute and published online in the American Journal of Ophthalmology revealed that AIDS patients are four times more likely to develop intermediate-stage macular degeneration than people who do not have AIDS. The reason for this increased risk is not known. Researchers examined 1,825 AIDS patients ranging in age […]

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Do you know these 2 facts about the Argus Bionic Eye?

The media has been all abuzz about the ‘bionic eye’ and while this is extraordinary technology, it’s not suited for everyone. It’s important to be armed with information regarding the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System because misconceptions are common. Fact 1 – The Argus® II is not an electronic replacement for the whole eye; no […]