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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Macular degeneration onset delayed by Parkinson drug


Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease are often prescribed the drug L-DOPA (Levodopa) and researchers have discovered that this drug can also be used to delay the onset of age-related macular degeneration. Researchers presented their findings at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In the retrospective study, researchers evaluated […]

Stem Cell Therapy of Macular Degeneration May Improve Vision


The results of a small study that involved the use of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived retinal support cells offer hope for a future treatment of macular degeneration. Researchers in Korea injected the hESCs into the eyes of four men with macular degeneration. The goal of the study was not to improve the vision of […]