Vitamin C may prevent cataracts

If you happen to love orange juice, gulp down another glass as a recent study points to a diet rich in vitamin C may help to prevent the formation of cataracts. Researchers were looking to determine the effect of diet on the progression of cataracts. The researchers used the UK Twins Registry to study 1,000 […]

Delayed dark adaptation could be precursor to macular degeneration

A study published in Ophthalmology points to a link between slowed rod-mediated dark adaptation and a higher incidence of age-related macular degeneration in adults who otherwise have a healthy macula. The results of this study indicate that a patient’s delayed dark adaptation could be the very first sign of macular degeneration. The study involved 325 participants […]

Cardio drug helpful in treating surfer’s eye

Researchers from Ariel University in Israel recently examined the affect the commonly prescribed cardiovascular drug, dipryidamole, had on treating pterygium, otherwise known as surfer’s eye. Surfer’s eye is caused by a benign growth of the conjunctiva over the white of the eye. The condition is commonly found in surfers (hence, the name) but is more prevalent in […]

Omnifocals the lenses of the future?

Israeli company Deep Optics is revolutionizing the eyeglasses industry with their patent-pending omnifocals. These liquid crystal lenses have the ability to change their optical power in real time unlike current multifocal eyeglasses. This enables the wearer to look in any direction without limiting the field of view or diminishing clarity. These technologically advanced lenses are […]

Family dog senses boy’s visual impairment

Mark Cannon’s parents noticed that their French Mastiff, Alfie, had a peculiar habit of always placing himself on Mark’s right side whether it was just sitting by him or walking beside him. But this unusual habit made more sense after a trip to the eye doctor revealed that Mark had severe astigmatism in his right […]

Stem cells can repair childhood cataracts

While cataracts are often thought of being a problem for the elderly, they are also a major cause of vision loss in infants. In both the elderly and in infants, surgery is the fix and involves removing the entire lens and replacing it with an artificial one or a transplanted lens. Unfortunately, cataract surgery can […]

Vitiligo patients at higher risk of Dry Eye

A small study revealed that vitiligo patients are at a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome. This study echoes previous studies which found a higher prevalence of ocular issues among vitiligo patients. This most recent study involved 61 vitiligo patients and 57 control individuals. Several vision tests were conducted including the Schirmer test. The […]

African-Americans have lower incidence of Macular Degeneration

A study published online in Opthalmology pointed to a lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) among African-Americans as compared to Caucasians. Only one-tenth of African-Americans will develop late stage AMD. These findings come after researchers analyzed data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. While researchers were unable to find factors to explain their findings, the findings […]

Eylea effective for Diabetic Retinopathy

A two-year clinical trial has found that diabetic patients suffering from severe vision loss from diabetic macular edema benefit the most from receiving treatment with Eylea versus Avastin or Lucentis. Eylea was just approved for use by the FDA for treating diabetic macular edema patients last year. The study was conducted by the National Institutes […]

Statin drugs for cholesterol may help macular degeneration

Study results from a phase I/II clinical trial at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University evaluating the efficacy of statins as a treatment for patients with the dry form of macular degeneration offer hope for those suffering from the disease. High doses of atorvastatin lessened the number of drusen deposits within the eye […]