Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses From Woman’s Eye

Mass of contact lenses removed from woman’s eye. In one of the more bizarre eye stories about eye health that we’ve heard, a woman about to undergo cataract surgery was found to have 27 contact lenses in her eye at once! http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/16/537562692/doctors-report-removing-27-contact-lenses-from-a-womans-eye

Easier than eyedrops after cataract surgery

An injection into the eye containing antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs was given to patients undergoing cataract surgery as a substitute for the standard post-operative 4-week eyedrop therapy. This new treatment was evaluated for effectiveness and patient satisfaction. The current standard protocol for people who have undergone cataract surgery requires them to self-administer topical antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eyedrops as post-operative […]

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 […]

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 […]

Link between cataract surgery and mortality

There is some great news for patients who have undergone cataract surgery. A recent study found that those who had cataract surgery lived longer than those who had not had the surgery. Extensive amounts of data from over a 10-year period was collected from more than 1.5 million patients. Researchers poured over the research data […]

Eyedrops that prevent cataracts

With the hopes of making cataract surgery a thing of the past, researchers at Louisiana State University are working on a method of delivering lutein via nanoparticles in a convenient eyedrop. Nanoparticles enable the lutein to be more easily absorbed in the human eye. Researchers are looking for a dual purpose in the eye drops: […]

Stem cells can repair childhood cataracts

While cataracts are often thought of being a problem for the elderly, they are also a major cause of vision loss in infants. In both the elderly and in infants, surgery is the fix and involves removing the entire lens and replacing it with an artificial one or a transplanted lens. Unfortunately, cataract surgery can […]

Lanosterol drops: A possible cataract treatment?

The current treatment for cataract is either invasive surgery or expensive laser therapy to remove them. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have discovered that lanosterol may provide a new and improved form of treatment for cataracts, which affect more than 24 million Americans. The journal Nature published the study details which involved […]

Routine lab testing not required with modern cataract surgery

It has been standard practice for many, many years to do preoperative testing and this was so even for patients undergoing cataract surgery. The line of thinking was that cataract patients are usually elderly and many have chronic health problems so it was best to take the extra precaution. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s […]

Study examines link between cataracts and antioxidants

Researchers recently examined the responses to a questionnaire-based survey that was given to women who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort study to determine if there is an association between antioxidants in the diet and age-related cataracts. With cataracts being the leading cause of blindness around the world, researchers are hoping to find ways to […]