New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]

Solar Eclipse Coming – Don’t Stare at the Sun!

The solar eclipse will be sweeping over the country on August 21, 2017. Don’t stare at the sun! Instead, consider these sunglasses guaranteed to be solar safe: *

Atropine drops to prevent childhood nearsightedness

Atropine eye drops are used to dilate the pupil as well as treat lazy eye in babies. Recently, researchers in Singapore noticed that one of the side effects of atropine drops is that they stop excessive eye growth so the drops are now being looked as a possible preventive treatment for the onset of myopia […]

Lutein levels in the eye linked to higher achievement in children

Two recent studies demonstrated that children who do better in school have higher lutein levels in the eye. Even after taking in consideration other factors including IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness, children that had higher lutein levels did better on cognition tests and performed better academically. In the first study, researchers measured lutein […]

Macular Degeneration affects mental health too

The National Eye Institute recently conducted a study that found that patients with low vision are twice as likely as the blind to suffer from depression and five times more likely than the normal population to suffer from depression. The study involved mental health professionals and eye care professionals who sought to determine the cause […]

Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses From Woman’s Eye

Mass of contact lenses removed from woman’s eye. In one of the more bizarre eye stories about eye health that we’ve heard, a woman about to undergo cataract surgery was found to have 27 contact lenses in her eye at once! http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/16/537562692/doctors-report-removing-27-contact-lenses-from-a-womans-eye

6 Items to Know When Choosing Sunglasses

‪Great advice from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in choosing sunglasses.  AAO Sunglass Advice

Optometrists more likely than ophthalmologists to recommend eye supplements

A recent study was conducted among Swedish optometrists and ophthalmologists that examined use of nutritional supplements, dietary advice, smoking and eye diseases and strength of evidence and the sources of information used for supplement recommendations. Optometrists responded at a much higher rate to the questionnaire used in the study at a rate of 40.3% compared […]

Best treatment for cataracts in children?

Although unusual, children are sometimes born with cataracts or develop them shortly after birth. When a cataract is removed, a lens implant needs to be inserted in its place. The timing of when to insert the lens implant has been controversial. Researchers examined results from 220 eyes of 148 patients who underwent pediatric cataract surgery […]

Study warns of unregulated clinics

A recent study published in the journal Cell warns of a growing number of unregulated clinics in the United States offering unregulated stem cell treatments. This alarming trend has eye care professionals urging consumers to be on alert. The unregulated clinics are able to skirt FDA oversight all because of a technicality. These clinics take cells […]