Drugs used to treat HIV may be effective in treating Macular Degeneration

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky along with researchers from Cardiff University published the results of a study involving the use of NRTIs (Nucleotide Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors) in treating macular degeneration in the journal of Science. NRTIs have been used to treat both cancer and HIV. Researchers discovered that the NRTIs effectively treated macular degeneration […]

Evidence points to link between cataracts and statin use

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A study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology supports previous study findings that patients who have a history of statin use are at an increased risk of developing cataracts. This study utilized information from the British Columbia Ministry of Health database from the period between 2000-2007 as well as information from the IMS LifeLink […]

Formula derived from computer analysis forecasts AMD

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Researchers at Standford University School of Medicine have developed a formula based on analyzing computer imaging data that is gathered in eye doctors’ offices to determine which patients are most likely to develop the advanced form of macular degeneration. The research was documented in Investigative Ophthamology & Visual Sciences. The formula is based upon computer […]

iPad app proves effective in early detection of glaucoma

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Using an iPadĀ® app to screen for early signs of glaucoma may prove to be an effective way in serving those in high-risk populations. Researchers utilized the Visual Fields Easy app on an iPadĀ® to screen more than 400 patients in Nepal for glaucoma. The control group included around 200 healthy eyes and the remaining […]

Does Google Glass hamper peripheral vision?

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Google Glass has taken the technological world by storm and the visual experience it gives the wearer has been praised. However, there could be a cloud to dampen this visual wonderland. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association notes that the design of the glasses may hinder natural peripheral vision […]

Researchers rejoice over revolutionary retinal transplant

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A Japanese woman suffering from macular degeneration was the recipient of a successful retinal transplant using her own stem cells. Using skin cells scraped from the woman’s arm, doctor’s grew the replacement retina in a petri dish. The success of this surgery demonstrates the ability of creating genetically identical replacement tissue from a patient’s own […]

New imaging device will help diagnose eye diseases at earlier stages

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A new eye imaging device developed by OcuSciences determines eye health by measuring patterns and tissues in the eye. The results of these measurements and patterns can help eye care professionals detect eye diseases such as diabetes at an earlier stage. This new device, the OcuMet Beacon, has been in development since 2008. The device […]

Pump up your diet with pumpkin

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Ponder the pumpkin – the iconic symbol of fall and while people think of jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pie, they probably don’t think of pumpkin as a health food. But pumpkins are more than a porch decoration; they are packed with fiber and nutrition. When it comes to fiber, pumpkins pack a punch. One cup of […]

Treating lazy eye with ‘Tetris’

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Adults suffering from lazy eye (amblyopia) may benefit from playing a variation of the video game Tetris. Previously, only children under the age of 7 were shown to benefit from amblyopia treatment. Researchers at the McGill University Health Centre used head-mounted video goggles with the 18 adult test subjects who suffered from ambyopia. Results were […]

Stem cell reservoir found in the human eye

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Researchers at the University of Southhampton have discovered stem cells in the human eye that can be changed into photo-receptor cells which may then be implanted into damaged eyes and reverse blindness. These potentially sight-saving cells were discovered in an area of the eye known as the corneal limbus. This discovery will hopefully lead to […]