New hope for those with optic nerve damage

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital were able to restore some visual function in mice that had optic nerve damage by using a combination of gene therapy and a channel-blocking drug. This is the first therapy that has been successful that can viably be used in a clinical setting. Other tested therapies could only be done […]

New genetic links for macular degeneration discovered

A recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh revealed 13 new genetic locations on a chromosome linked to macular degeneration. This revelation brings the total known genetic regions to 34. There are many unknown factors surrounding age-related macular degeneration. This discovery of additional genetic links will hopefully allow researchers to develop new therapies that […]

New eye injection method being tested

Medication injections into the eye (intravitreal injections), such as those that are performed for wet macular degeneration, come with a host of possible serious complications such as vitreous hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. A new method of delivery has been developed that involves injections into the suprachoroidal space [see Diagram below] which is between the sclera […]

Were David Bowie’s eyes different colors?

Contrary to the popular perception that his eyes were a different color, he actually had a condition called anisocoria. Anisocoria is an unequal size in a person’s pupils. David Bowie’s left pupil was permanently dilated due to fisticuffs with a friend that resulted in his left eye being scratched and paralyzing the muscles that contract […]

52 genetic variations of Macular Degeneration identified

Genetics play a much more important role in macular degeneration than previously realized. Scientists looking to find genetic variations responsible for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) successfully identified 52 variations associated with AMD. This discovery will hopefully allow scientists to create diagnostic tools to help identify which patients are at a higher risk of developing AMD […]

Proper application of eyedrops important

Whether you are using prescription eyedrops or those found over-the-counter, knowing how to use them properly is important. Using the proper technique and the correct dosage is important for your eye health. Below are some helpful tips. 1.) One drop at a time: Your eye only has the capacity to hold on to one drop […]

Firstborn predisposed to nearsightedness

Recent findings published in JAMA Ophthalmology detail a possible link between birth order and the increased likelihood of developing myopia (nearsightedness). Children who are firstborn are more likely to become nearsighted. After evaluating 90,000 adults between the ages of 40 and 69, researchers discovered that those who were firstborn were almost 10 percent more likely […]

Contact cleanliness is key to eye health

Wearing contacts requires that the user be diligent about their care in order to avoid eye problems that can range from minor issues to permanent vision loss. Unfortunately, sometimes contact lens wearers are lackadaisical and the bad habits can have devastating consequences. The Centers for Disease Control(CDC) released results of a survey that reports that […]

Kids who play outside become less nearsighted

With today’s youth spending more and more time on digital devices and computers, many of them are spending less time outdoors. A new study suggests that spending more time outdoors helps to slow down the onset of myopia (nearsightedness). The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and it finds that […]

Lucentis beats lasers in treating diabetic retinopathy

A study funded by the National Eye Institute determined that Lucentis injections trumped laser therapy in treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The study results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association online. 305 patients were included in the study with half of them receiving monthly Lucentis injections for three months and then only […]