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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

You can’t afford to miss this fireworks cartoon

Don’t miss the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s entertaining and educational cartoon about July 4th fireworks.

Are computer eyeglass coatings worth the money?

People in their 50’s and older often require a separate computer eyeglass prescription. The popular trending item these days is computer glasses that are touted to filter out blue light from computers, smartphones and other mobile devices. Overexposure to blue light is blamed for any myriad of health problems according to ads for the glasses. […]

Eye disease screening recommendations

Adults who have no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 according to recommendations by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Age 40 is the age when early signs of eye disease and vision changes might begin to occur. The baseline screening will allow the ophthalmologist […]

Preschoolers more likely to have vision problems

Two population-based studies were the focus for researchers examining the future of eye health of children. The retrospective study included the records of children ages 3 to 5 years in the United States from 2015. The research team from the University of Southern California considered visual impairment as decreased visual acuity (VA) as being <20/50 […]