UK Teaching hospitals using new wet AMD treatment

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Some wet AMD patients in the United Kingdom are now receiving a new, non-invasive treatment for their disease. The new treatment known as Oraya Therapy™ is being used by eye specialists at the Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. This new therapy is painless and delivers highly targeted, low-energy X-rays to the eye. The amount of radiation […]

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from cataract surgery

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The findings from a recent study conducted by the National Institute on Aging showed that Alzheimer’s patients who undergo cataract surgery have a decrease in dementia and an improvement in their quality of life. Alzheimer’s patients are frequently denied cataract surgery because it is erroneously assumed that patients won’t be able to experience improvement. Taking […]

Daily cup of coffee helps protect eyes

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For people who don’t indulge in a daily cup of coffee, they might want to consider picking up the habit. Cornell University researchers have found that drinking coffee protects the eyes from retinal degeneration caused by aging, diabetes and glaucoma. Coffee contains a powerful antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid (CLA) and this helps to grab […]

New software accurately diagnoses secondary cataracts

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The development of secondary cataracts (posterior capsule opacity) is still a common condition that occurs after cataract surgery. Statistics show that it can occur in 20 – 50% of patients in the five-year period after surgery. The condition is a result of a clouding of the capsule membrane behind the lens implant with cataract surgery. New […]

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 […]