New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]

Optometrists more likely than ophthalmologists to recommend eye supplements

A recent study was conducted among Swedish optometrists and ophthalmologists that examined use of nutritional supplements, dietary advice, smoking and eye diseases and strength of evidence and the sources of information used for supplement recommendations. Optometrists responded at a much higher rate to the questionnaire used in the study at a rate of 40.3% compared […]

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 […]

Eye exam saves a life!

A teenage boy’s trip to the ophthalmologist turned out to be a visit that ultimately saved his life. Seeking only a prescription for contact lenses, Nick Myers ended up in an ambulance for emergency treatment for leukemia. The eye doctor first observed that even with glasses, Nick’s best vision was only 20/25 in both eyes […]

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 […]

Eye care providers not always detecting AMD

A recent study found that many times, primary eye care providers are missing cases of age-related macular degeneration. After reviewing data on 1,288 eyes in patients who received a dilated eye exam and who were not diagnosed with macular degeneration, researchers had retina specialists take another look and macular degeneration was diagnosed in 25 percent […]

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 […]

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 […]