New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]

Atropine drops to prevent childhood nearsightedness

Atropine eye drops are used to dilate the pupil as well as treat lazy eye in babies. Recently, researchers in Singapore noticed that one of the side effects of atropine drops is that they stop excessive eye growth so the drops are now being looked as a possible preventive treatment for the onset of myopia […]

Lutein levels in the eye linked to higher achievement in children

Two recent studies demonstrated that children who do better in school have higher lutein levels in the eye. Even after taking in consideration other factors including IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness, children that had higher lutein levels did better on cognition tests and performed better academically. In the first study, researchers measured lutein […]

Macular Degeneration affects mental health too

The National Eye Institute recently conducted a study that found that patients with low vision are twice as likely as the blind to suffer from depression and five times more likely than the normal population to suffer from depression. The study involved mental health professionals and eye care professionals who sought to determine the cause […]

Optometrists more likely than ophthalmologists to recommend eye supplements

A recent study was conducted among Swedish optometrists and ophthalmologists that examined use of nutritional supplements, dietary advice, smoking and eye diseases and strength of evidence and the sources of information used for supplement recommendations. Optometrists responded at a much higher rate to the questionnaire used in the study at a rate of 40.3% compared […]

Best treatment for cataracts in children?

Although unusual, children are sometimes born with cataracts or develop them shortly after birth. When a cataract is removed, a lens implant needs to be inserted in its place. The timing of when to insert the lens implant has been controversial. Researchers examined results from 220 eyes of 148 patients who underwent pediatric cataract surgery […]

Study warns of unregulated clinics

A recent study published in the journal Cell warns of a growing number of unregulated clinics in the United States offering unregulated stem cell treatments. This alarming trend has eye care professionals urging consumers to be on alert. The unregulated clinics are able to skirt FDA oversight all because of a technicality. These clinics take cells […]

Will eyedrops replace injections for Macular Degeneration?

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have created a new eyedrop that can deliver wet macular degeneration treatment to the back of the eye. Macular degeneration causes damage to the retina at the back of the eye so this is why it is necessary for the medication to be focused on that area rather than […]

Lutein & Zeaxanthin good for your psychological health

Not only do the powerhouse antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin benefit eye health, but they also help reduce serum cortisol and improve psychological stress levels. The results were published in the Nutritional Neuroscience journal. Fifty-nine adults ranging in age from 18 to 25 who were placed in the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study were measured for mood, blood […]

5 ways to keep your eyes safe and healthy this summer

The sun, wind and increased physical activity during summer puts your eyes at higher risk for problems. Here are 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy and safe. 1.) Avoid the “burn”. Many people do not realize that our eyes can get “sunburned” and this condition is called photokeratitis. A very painful condition, it causes redness […]