#1 Cause of Vision Loss in Adults? Diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is the #1 cause of vision loss among working adults between the ages of 20 and 74 in the United States.* Lucentis recently gained FDA approval for monthly treatment of every form of diabetic retinopathy. This marks the first drug that the FDA has approved to treat diabetic retinopathy “with or without diabetic macular […]

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 […]

Discontinuing macular degeneration injections results in vision loss

A retrospective, observational study examined the data from 35 patients who had received anti-VEGF injections of the eye for treatment of the wet form of macular degeneration but then stopped treatment despite continued symptoms. Researchers found a notable deterioration in visual acuity over two years. Researchers looked at the best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at the […]

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 […]

Not keeping up with your eye vitamins?

Keeping pace with your macular degeneration eye vitamins every day can be a challenge. I know, because while 90% of my own patients take them twice daily, every day, about one in ten people struggle to keep up. And each time an autoship customer tells us to delay a shipment because they “have too many […]

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 […]

Vision benefits of resveratrol

Recently, Chinese researchers have verified that the polyphenol metabolites found in resveratrol are able to cross protective barriers and offer potential benefits to help protect vision. The polyphenol metabolites were found in the outer and the inner structures of the human eye. Researchers examined 35 eyes of men and women who were undergoing eye surgery […]

Ophthalmologists as Photographers?

Photos in the Eye Doctor’s Office I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a physician who treats vision and eye diseases is interested in the color and majesty of photography. Beginning two years ago, I began rescuing my best shots out of my computer and gave them life as prints. What camera do I use? The […]

Which sport causes most eye injuries?

In my practice, you’d be surprised by the answer. And since April is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Sports Safety Month, it’s important to think about protecting your eyes when playing. Now that the March Madness college basketball championship is over (boo hoo for my University of Michigan team), you’ll want to be aware that […]