Be “vision smart” when using a smartphone

Many people spend time at night reading their smartphones in bed while lying on one side with the eye that is positioned on the pillow being covered by the pillow. This habit can cause eye strain and lead to the “reading” eye taking longer to adapt to the dark when the smartphone is no longer […]

Omnifocals the lenses of the future?

Israeli company Deep Optics is revolutionizing the eyeglasses industry with their patent-pending omnifocals. These liquid crystal lenses have the ability to change their optical power in real time unlike current multifocal eyeglasses. This enables the wearer to look in any direction without limiting the field of view or diminishing clarity. These technologically advanced lenses are […]

Family dog senses boy’s visual impairment

Mark Cannon’s parents noticed that their French Mastiff, Alfie, had a peculiar habit of always placing himself on Mark’s right side whether it was just sitting by him or walking beside him. But this unusual habit made more sense after a trip to the eye doctor revealed that Mark had severe astigmatism in his right […]

Are Digital devices making children near-sighted?

A recent study conducted by the USC Eye Institute at Keck Medicine confirms that cases of childhood myopia (near-sightedness) among American children has more than doubled over the last 50 years. This was the largest study of childhood eye diseases ever done in the United States. The research team collected more than 5,000 eye measurements […]

Firstborn predisposed to nearsightedness

Recent findings published in JAMA Ophthalmology detail a possible link between birth order and the increased likelihood of developing myopia (nearsightedness). Children who are firstborn are more likely to become nearsighted. After evaluating 90,000 adults between the ages of 40 and 69, researchers discovered that those who were firstborn were almost 10 percent more likely […]

Does watching movies help children with lazy eye?

A new study published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus sheds light on a potential new therapy to treat amblyopia, otherwise known as “lazy eye”. Children affected by amblyopia have a harder time in school due to issues with reading a blackboard, finishing schoolwork or even taking part in […]

Smartphone use – not so smart at night

The use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices such as tablets has grown tremendously over the last ten years and the consequences of using these devices at night are now being seen. The blue light that these devices emit not only interferes with our sleep cycles but it also causes damage to our vision. […]

Alcohol Impairs Night Vision

Alcohol not only impairs coordination and driving ability, it actually impairs night vision as well. The perception of halos and other nighttime related visual disturbances is increased when alcohol is consumed. The ethanol in an alcoholic drink passes into the tear and disrupts the lipid layer, which then increases the evaporation of the aqueous part of the tear. […]

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 […]

Computer-Assisted Vision Device Reads Newspapers, Menus, Street Signs!

Israel-based company OrCam has developed a camera-based system that allows the visually impaired person to “read” and move about more freely and easily. Until now, reading aids for the visually impaired have been bulky with limited capabilities. The OrCam device is similar to Google Glass in its design but with advanced technology which includes the […]