Did macular degeneration play a role in release of Harper Lee’s new novel?


Controversy has swirled around the recent announcement that the sequel to Harper Lee’s American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird will be published. Whether or not publishing Go Set a Watchman was Lee’s decision or not is the big question. Mired within all of the details surrounding the book’s release is the question of Harper Lee’s […]

Does cost go into macular degeneration prescription decisions?


When it comes to treating the wet form of macular degeneration, there are two drugs that doctors typically consider and while the drugs are equally effective, the cost of each is dramatically different. Researchers decided to examine whether the cost difference between these two had significant bearing upon which drug a doctor prescribed. Ranibizumab was […]

Deep Breathing may help Dry Eyes

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An article in The Ocular Surface outlines details of research conducted at the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. The study involved twenty Japanese women ranging in age from 20 to 54 and examined the effects that deep breathing had on tear secretions. Knowing that the parasympathetic system directs the lacrimal glands to […]

Positive results for early macular degeneration with laser therapy


University of Melbourne researchers published the results of their latest study in The FASEB Journal. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the new nanosecond laser in treating patients with early age-related macular degeneration. This revolutionary laser is low-impact and low-energy. What researchers found is that unlike current laser therapies,  the nanosecond laser does not damage […]

New therapies to treat blindness and stroke could be tied within gene interactions


VisiVite offers a combination of its formulas with DHA omega-3, and here are additional reasons why that combination is effective. Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans have found that gene interactions that deal with vision as well as brain function can help prevent blindness and aid in stroke recovery. The essential fatty acid, DHA, is […]

Stem cells from the eye used to repair damaged corneas


Clinical research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh tested a stem-cell procedure recently described in the Science Translational Medicine journal. Stem cells from the limbus area within the undamgaged eyes of mice were collected. These cells were then replicated in a lab and then mixed into a protein gel known as fibrin. Researchers then spread […]

Patients with low cardiovascular risk do not benefit from low dose aspirin regimen


Low dose aspirin use in low risk cardiovascular patients resulted in no protective benefit and put the patients at a higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke. A review conducted by the FDA prompted an advisory last year warning that the evidence just isn’t there to support using aspirin as the primary therapy to […]

Mobile devices more detrimental to children’s sleep than TVs


A new study published in the Pediatrics journal reveals that mobile devices including smartphones and tablets are more disruptive to a child’s sleep pattern than television. The light emitted by such devices interferes with the production of melatonin which helps regulate sleep. The study examined the impact that sleeping near a mobile device or a […]

Long-term consequence of LED light exposure


Computers, smartphones and tablets have permeated our everyday lives and are here to stay. While these technological devices have much to offer and have opened up new horizons for society, they don’t come without potential negative side effects. A study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that the long-term use of devices with LED […]

When it comes to glaucoma risk, look to your roots


Your chances of developing glaucoma increase if there is a family history of the disease. Unfortunately, glaucoma is a silent disease and most people don’t realize they have it until they notice changes in their vision. A comprehensive dilated eye exam can catch the disease in its early stages. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision […]