Why are Olympic Athletes Worried About Zika Virus?

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil have heightened interest in the Zika virus. Some athletes are boycotting the games. Babies affected by the Zika virus in utero can experience devastating visual problems as a result. Studies published in Ophthalmology and JAMA Ophthalmology detail findings that link the virus to various eye abnormalities. The Ophthalmology study noted visual […]

6 Important Amsler Grid steps for Macular Degeneration

A simple, special diagnostic tool known as the Amsler grid can be of huge benefit to patients with the dry form of AMD. And the best part is that it is a free tool and can be used at home. Daily use of the Amsler grid can help the patient detect vision changes and then […]

Eyedrops that prevent cataracts

With the hopes of making cataract surgery a thing of the past, researchers at Louisiana State University are working on a method of delivering lutein via nanoparticles in a convenient eyedrop. Nanoparticles enable the lutein to be more easily absorbed in the human eye. Researchers are looking for a dual purpose in the eye drops: […]

Fireworks: Keeping eyes safe

The 4th of July is right around the corner and those celebrating with fireworks need to take the appropriate precautions to keep their eyes safe. Each year, emergency rooms across the United States see hundreds of patients with eye injuries caused by fireworks. The number of these injuries doubled from 600 in 2011 to 1,300 […]

El Nino’s effects on eye allergies

If you are an allergy sufferer and have noticed that your allergies are more severe this year, you would be correct and you are not alone in your misery. The increased severity of spring allergies is due in part to the El Nino weather pattern. The reason for this is because the United States had […]

Injection frequency comparable for anti-VEGF meds

Injection frequency was found to be comparable between Lucentis and Eylea as well as the cost for treatment according to data analyzed by researchers. There was no difference reported between patients new to the therapy or those who had been undergoing the treatments for a while. The researchers analyzed records for 1,018 new patients who […]

Car side windows, cataracts and cancer

When you are considering possible risk factors for cataracts and skin cancer, you probably don’t think about the windows in your car but a new study recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that UVA protection in car side windows is not as effective as the UVA protection in the front windshield. As a result, researchers […]

Visual acuity not maintained with anti-VEGF

A follow-up study was conducted to determine the long-term benefit and visual acuity outcomes of patients undergoing anti-VEGF treatments, such as Eyelea, Lucentis and Avastin. What researchers found was that visual gains were not maintained after 5 years of injections. Records of 647 patients with wet AMD were analyzed in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular […]

Mobile eyewear tech available for low vision

The number of people in the United States that will suffer from low vision conditions is expected to reach almost 5 million within the next 15 years and the condition impacts daily activities and can result in isolation and rob people of their independence. With surgical or medical interventions not usually being a helpful option […]

Avoid this one mistake when playing sports

Thousands of people make trips to the emergency room every year suffering from eye injuries caused by playing sports. A majority of serious eye injuries can be prevented by the simple act of wearing protective eyewear and protective eyewear does not mean just wearing regular eyeglasses. The appropriate protective eyewear depends upon the sport that […]