Pupil monitoring device can detect Diabetic nerve damage

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Autonomic neuropathy – which can occur with diabetes – is when damage has occurred to the nerves that control the bladder, intestinal tract, and other organs. It can cause bladder paralysis, sexual dysfunction and diarrhea. A new device called a pupillometer has been developed by researchers at the University of Taiwan that can lead to early detection […]

Hepatic Lipase Gene may reduce risk of Macular Degeneration

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Researchers reviewed data from 10 case-control studies that included advanced AMD  (choroidal neovascularization or geographic atrophy)  patients that had undergone genotyping. They were looking for a relationship between the LIPC variant and advanced AMD. The results were published in the online JAMA Ophthalmology on July 10. What this review revealed is that the risk of […]

Macular Degeneration can affect those under 50

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Age-related macular degeneration is commonly thought of as a disease that strikes those 50 years and older but a recent study shows that the condition can affect the 35 to 44 age group as well. The Gutenberg Health Study was conducted to identify the age- and gender-specific incidence of macular degeneration. Researchers evaluated the vascular […]

Reticular drusen 4x more likely to develop wet macular degeneration

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  University of Sydney researchers have discovered a link between reticular drusen and the progression of macular degeneration. Patients in the study that had reticular drusen were four times more likely to go on to develop the wet form of macular degeneration than those who did not have reticular drusen. Patients who increased their dietary […]

Early detection of macular degeneration with electroretinography

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In a study that compared patients with dry and wet AMD to those with healthy eyes researchers determined that electroretinography (ERG) is able to detect both wet and dry forms of macular degeneration. The confirmation of this will hopefully lead to earlier treatment in patients before the disease can advance. While macular degeneration does not […]

Color vision may be affected by high blood pressure

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Japanese researchers may have discovered a link between high blood pressure and impaired color vision. Saitama Medical University researchers in Japan studied the relationship between color vision, eye disease, heart-related risk factors and lifestyle habits among 872 men between the ages of 20 and 60 years who were on active duty in the Japanese Self […]

Google’s smart lens technology pairs with Alcon

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Google has licensed its “smart lens” technology to Alcon for all ocular medical uses. The collaboration between the technology giant and the eye care giant will include developing a “smart lens” to address ocular conditions. The advances that Google has made in miniaturization of electronics will help Alcon in its endeavors to improve the ways […]

Could blood pressure meds raise risk of developing AMD?

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A recent, long-term study points to a possible link between vasodilators and beta blockers and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine conducted a 25-year study, which included t 5,000 adults who were between the ages of 43 and 86. Eye exams were conducted every 5 […]

Alcohol Impairs Night Vision

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Alcohol not only impairs coordination and driving ability, it actually impairs night vision as well. The perception of halos and other nighttime related visual disturbances is increased when alcohol is consumed. The ethanol in an alcoholic drink passes into the tear and disrupts the lipid layer, which then increases the evaporation of the aqueous part of the tear. […]

Molecule enables blind mice to see the light

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Mice injected with a molecule developed by neuroscientists at the University of California at Berkeley were able to react to light. The researchers are hopeful that patients injected with the molecule would be able to be fitted with smart goggles which would then be able to interpret the surroundings into a photo simulation. The molecule […]