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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hep C raises risk for cataracts

Study findings published in PLoS One show patients suffering from hepatitis C (HCV) infection have an increased risk of developing cataracts. Researchers from China Medical University Hospital in Tiachung, Taiwan wanted to investigate whether HCV infection was associated with a higher risk of cataract formation. Researchers analyzed database records of 11,652 patients with HCV and […]

Doctors successful retinal stem cell treatment

Doctors successfully transplanted retinal stem cells from a donor to the recipient in the first ever surgery of its type. Previously, doctors had performed a retinal stem cell transplant back in 2014 using that patient’s own skin cells that were reprogrammed. That procedure was considered a success after a year with no decline in the patient’s […]

Alcon lens implant approved for cataract surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new replacement lens for cataract patients. The new lens combines treatment for both astigmatism and presbyopia. This allows the patient to depend less on prescription eyewear. The new lens offered by Alcon is the only multi-focal intraocular lens where the central portion is completely dedicated to distance […]

Eye injections increase glaucoma risk

Patients who receive seven or more Intravitreous eye injections of bevacizumab (Avastin) each year are at a higher risk of eventually needing glaucoma surgery according to study results recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology medical journal. Intravitreous injections are the standard therapy for patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration. Researchers examined data […]

Some unproven stem cell treatments can cause blindness

Stem cell therapy is a hot topic in the news and the hope that stem cell therapy provides as a potential treatment for macular degeneration has resulted in clinics across the country providing unproven treatments. Recently, three elderly women underwent an unapproved stem cell therapy at a Florida clinic and within a week of receiving, […]