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 […]

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 […]

Testing blood sugar with a contact lens

For diabetics who must endure blood testing to check their glucose levels, a pain-free method may soon be available in the form of a contact lens. Researchers at the University of Houston published results of a study in the journal Advanced Materials. Armed with the knowledge that glucose is present in blood as well as […]

New hope for those with optic nerve damage

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital were able to restore some visual function in mice that had optic nerve damage by using a combination of gene therapy and a channel-blocking drug. This is the first therapy that has been successful that can viably be used in a clinical setting. Other tested therapies could only be done […]

Know these 4 Facts about Online Vision Tests

There isn’t much you can’t buy or do via the internet these days and that even includes having your vision tested online to get prescription eyeglasses. Just because online vision testing is available does not necessarily mean that it’s recommended for everyone. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) does offer some guidelines for those considering […]

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 […]

Can Pot Control Glaucoma?

Medical marijuana has been touted in some circles as a treatment for glaucoma. However, ophthalmologists and eye surgeons who treat glaucoma do not recommend marijuana as a therapy for the disease. There is no scientific evidence that marijuana is an effective long-term treatment and especially when it is compared to the conventional methods of treatment, […]

Glaucoma research aided by virtual reality technology

Researchers looking into the factors that lead to falls in elderly patients who suffer from glaucoma utilized virtual reality technology to aid them in their study. Patients with glaucoma have three times the risk of falling than those who do not have glaucoma and falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among the elderly. […]

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 […]