Archives for March 2010

Who gets more eye disease – Women or Men?

While men and women have many health differences, one difference that is probably not widely known is that women are more susceptible to eye disease and other eye conditions than men.

How can you reduce your risk of developing glaucoma?

People who are at the highest risk of developing glaucoma may benefit from early treatment of ocular hypertension.

Renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. Arnall Patz passes away

Renowned ophthalmologist, Dr. Arnall Patz, has passed away at the age of 89. Dr. Patz’s groundbreaking research led to the discovery that high doses of oxygen administered to premature infants could cause a form of blindness now known as retinopathy of prematurity (R.O.P.).

New drug to treat dry Macular Degeneration on FDA’s Fast Track

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Acucela and Otsuka the Fast Track designation for their new oral medication intended to treat dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Anti-depressant use increases risk of cataracts

Researchers have found a relationship between anti-depressant use and an increased risk of developing cataracts.

Yet another smoking risk –eye inflammation (uveitis)

Uveitis, an inflammation of the eye’s middle layer of tissue, is responsible for about 10 percent of blindness in the United States. Smoking may increase the risk of contracting uveitis.

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Women linked to cataracts

Women who are using or who had used Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) have increased rates of cataract removal.

Brain holds first signs of glaucoma

Predominantly considered a disease of the eye, scientists have discovered that the first signs of injury in glaucoma actually take place in the brain.

Mechanism that causes blindness in diabetics is discovered.

A researcher has discovered the process which causes retinal cells to die, causing blindness in diabetic patients.