Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Swimming goggles raise intraocular pressure

Researchers recently evaluated the effect that swimming goggles have on intraocular pressure (IOP). Researchers found that swimming goggles caused an acute intraocular pressure elevation. Thirty-five people participated in the cross-sectional study. Researchers performed an Ocular Perfusion Pressure test, Goldman applanation tonometry and measured the Ocular Pulse Amplitude prior, during and after use of the swim […]

Annual dilated eye exams crucial for diabetic patients

Diabetic patients are encouraged to get an annual dilated eye exam and with November being Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, prevention strategies are being stressed. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Close monitoring by an eye care professional can help lessen diabetes’ impact on vision and with diabetics being […]

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 […]

Taking a “Peek” at the retina with new device

A new device called the Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) Retina is being developed by Peek Vision and it will connect to smartphones and allow doctors to perform complete and affordable eye exams. The Peek Retina works by clipping onto a smartphone camera and they physician is then able to examine the retina. High-quality images […]

Daily cup of coffee helps protect eyes

For people who don’t indulge in a daily cup of coffee, they might want to consider picking up the habit. Cornell University researchers have found that drinking coffee protects the eyes from retinal degeneration caused by aging, diabetes and glaucoma. Coffee contains a powerful antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid (CLA) and this helps to grab […]

Cerebrospinal fluid pressure may hold key to glaucoma

Researchers have discovered that cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid surrounding the brain) plays an important role in maintaining proper eye function. This discovery could lead to possible treatments for glaucoma. By raising the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in rats, researchers were able to counterbalance elevated intraocular pressure. This in turn, kept the optic nerve from […]

Glaucoma drug may also help treat vision loss associated with obesity

A recent study evaluated the efficacy of the drug, Diamox, in treating the condition known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension which is a condition that typically affects overweight women of reproductive age and can lead to substantial vision loss. Diamox is a drug that is used to treat glaucoma. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a result of […]

Revolutionary 3-D retinal imaging technology developed by MIT

A revolutionary hand-held scanner developed by researchers at MIT scans the entire retina in just seconds using 3-D imaging technology. The practical, hand-held scanner will enable even primary care providers to detect a number of blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and glaucoma in their earliest stages. Using 3-D imaging and movement-correction, this new […]

Help raise awareness: January is Glacuoma Awareness Month

With more than 2 million Americans affected by glaucoma, the goal of Glaucoma Awareness Month during January is to spread the word about the risk factors and need for regular eye exams to catch this blinding disease in its early stages. Glaucoma has no symptoms and once vision is lost, there is no gaining it […]