Parkinson’s drug key to preventing macular degeneration?

Researchers at the University of Arizona led a study examining the benefits of using levodopa, a common treatment for Parkinson’s, to delay or prevent the onset of macular degeneration. Levodopa (otherwise known as l-dopa) is a naturally occurring molecule that is created in pigmented human tissue such as the eye’s iris. L-dopa plays a role […]

Does watching movies help children with lazy eye?

A new study published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus sheds light on a potential new therapy to treat amblyopia, otherwise known as “lazy eye”. Children affected by amblyopia have a harder time in school due to issues with reading a blackboard, finishing schoolwork or even taking part in […]

Stem cells may hold the key to curing wet AMD

The Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is currently conducting a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of treating people suffering from wet macular degeneration with transplanting┬áretinal pigment epithelial┬ácells derived from stem cells. The trial follows the successful operation involving a 60-year-old woman who received the stem cell treatment. Using embryonic stem cells that […]

Know these 4 Facts about Online Vision Tests

There isn’t much you can’t buy or do via the internet these days and that even includes having your vision tested online to get prescription eyeglasses. Just because online vision testing is available does not necessarily mean that it’s recommended for everyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) does offer some guidelines for those considering […]

Annual dilated eye exams crucial for diabetic patients

Diabetic patients are encouraged to get an annual dilated eye exam and with November being Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, prevention strategies are being stressed. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Close monitoring by an eye care professional can help lessen diabetes’ impact on vision and with diabetics being […]

Scary decorative contact lenses for Halloween

If you are looking to add a spookier touch to your Halloween costume by wearing decorative contacts, you might want to think again. A whole host of ghoulish things can happen to your eyes if you do. The possible problems range from infection, corneal scratching, ulcers, allergic reaction and scariest of all, vision loss. Decorative […]

Natural eye protein “clusterin” may hold key to treating dry eye

For millions of patients suffering from dry eye symptoms, relief may be found in a natural tear protein. New research brings to light a possible new therapy in treating dry eye syndrome symptoms. Clusterin is a protein that occurs naturally in tears and acts to protect cells and proteins. Researchers theorized that clusterin is depleted […]

Device being developed to treat AMD

A low-level light treatment known as photobiomodulation is being developed by the LumiThera company and could be a non-invasive and effective therapy for treating macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. Photobiomodulation is already in use to treat chronic pain and accelerate healing from sports injuries and has a great safety record. A trial of 30 […]

Carrots’ carotenoids contribute to eye health

Data from a population survey was analyzed by a Harvard University led team. The study tracked more than 100,000 patients aged fifty years and older over a period of 25 years. Researchers found that patients who consumed the highest levels of lutein and zeaxanthin were 40 percent less likely to develop the advanced form of […]

Groundbreaking procedure may be the cure for macular degeneration

A 60-year-old woman in London was the recipient of the first embryonic stem cell operation and she is the first of ten patients who are taking part in a trial. The woman suffered from the wet form of macular degeneration and was classified as legally blind. Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London took a […]