Stem Cell Therapy of Macular Degeneration May Improve Vision

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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 […]

Ebola virus found in Ebola survivor’s eye months later

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The American doctor (Ian Crozier) who was treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and was declared virus free returned to the hospital two months later after experiencing mild burning and light sensitivity in his eyes. Doctors tested fluid from one of his eyes and discovered that it was positive for Ebola. Testing […]

Anxiety and Depression may be tied to dry eye disease

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Researchers examined records of 460, 611 patients in a retrospective case-control study to determine the odds ratios for dry eye disease and anxiety and depression. There were 7,207 patients with dry eye syndrome while 20,004 had anxiety and 30,100 had depression. Researchers then adjusted the odds ratio between dry eye and anxiety and that came […]

Promising stem cell treatment in the works to treat AMD

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With more than 15 million Americans affected by macular degeneration, researchers are fervently looking for an effective treatment to slow or reverse the damage done by the dry form of macular degeneration. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai are hoping that the progress they are making in stem cell research will provide AMD patients with that treatment. The […]

Routine lab testing not required with modern cataract surgery

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It has been standard practice for many, many years to do preoperative testing and this was so even for patients undergoing cataract surgery. The line of thinking was that cataract patients are usually elderly and many have chronic health problems so it was best to take the extra precaution. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s […]

Nearsightedness becoming more prevalent

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While myopia (also known as nearsightedness) can have a genetic link, other factors such as electronic devices and limited time outside have a tremendous impact on vision. Myopia is a result of the eyeball being too long or the cornea being too curved. The result is that objects that are far away appear to be […]

Increased risk of AMD linked with high calcium supplementation

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A recent cross-sectional study of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data revealed an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration among those who consumed more than 800 mg/day of calcium supplements. Researchers had previously found a link between high levels of calcium supplementation and glaucoma. Researchers evaluated data from the 2007-2008 survey, which involved […]

VisiVite’s Dry Eye Relief praised during ASCRS meeting

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VisiVite’s Dry Eye Relief TG-1000 is one of only four dry eye vitamins that are made using the preferred triglyceride form of omega 3 fatty acids, reported Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, in a presentation at the annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Specialists meeting in San Diego. Dr. Donnenfeld noted that study results showed that […]

Important Trick to Avoid Eyeliner Problems for Eyes

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Whether eyeliner is applied inside the lash line or outside the lash line can play a role in whether the eyeliner will migrate into the eye itself and cause problems. Eye doctors frequently have patients that come in and have eyeliner residue stuck to contact lenses or trapped in the tear film of their eyes. […]

Ancient remedy more effective than antibiotics in killing MRSA superbug

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Researchers discovered an ancient remedy for treating the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Bald’s Leechbook, which is one of the earliest known medical textbooks. Detailed instructions for creating the “eyesalve” remedy allowed researchers to recreate and then test it. The salve was first tested on cultures of MRSA and the results were astounding. The […]