Outside recess reduces risk of nearsightedness

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The May 2013 issue of the professional journal Ophthalmology contains results of a study that builds upon previous research that identified a link between children’s  time spent outdoors and nearsightedness. Researchers found that children who are required to spend their recess time outside may lower their risk of becoming near-sighted. Two elementary schools in Taiwan took part […]

Genetic link to severe form of nearsightedness

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New research published in the American Journal of Human Genetics points towards a genetic link between high-grade myopia and a mutation of the SCO2 gene. This particular gene helps metabolize copper and regulates oxygen levels in the tissue of the eye. High-grade myopia is a severe type of nearsightedness that is a highly heritable form […]

Nearsightedness in children worsens in winter months

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New research seems to point to a link between the shorter days of winter playing a role in the progression of nearsightedness in children. Researchers examined data from a clinical trial conducted in Denmark and found that the vision of children who were nearsighted deteriorated more quickly during the winter months. Researchers believe that the […]

Children’s headaches not usually linked to vision problems

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When children complain of headaches, many parents jump to the conclusion that their child needs glasses. However, researchers have determined that this is rarely the case and that usually the headaches going away on their own without vision correction. Recently a team of pediatric ophthalmologists reviewed records from 2002 to 2011 for 158 patients under […]

Implantable contact lenses offer alternative to LASIK

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For those nearsighted people out there who don’t qualify for LASIK surgery, implantable contact lenses may be just what the doctor orders. The 15-minute outpatient procedure is much less invasive than LASIK and only involves three tiny incisions in the cornea. The lens (known as Visian Implantable Colamer Lens) also offers UV protection, and unlike […]

Study of fish eyes holds key to curing nearsightedness and farsightedness

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Did you know that most people who are near-sighted have eyes that are larger than normal and that people with far-sightedness have eyes that are smaller than normal? If scientists could determine how to regulate eye size, fewer people would need eyeglasses and contact lenses. A team of researchers led by an undergraduate student discovered […]

Length of eyeball affects accuracy of Macular Degeneration diagnosis

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A new study conducted by Korean researchers finds that the axial length of a patient’s eye may affect the accuracy of evaluation for macular disease. The axial length of the eye is the distance between the anterior and posterior poles of the eye. The study was published in Clinical and Experimental Optometry. Researchers investigated associations […]

Are Lasik Surgeons a ‘Dime a Dozen’ ?

Lasik in nearsighted woman, performed by Dr. Paul Krawitz

With Lasik, surgeons have commoditized themselves to such a degree that patients don’t even remember our names.

“Spot” helps identify undiagnosed vision problems in school children

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A new screening device called Spot has been developed and is changing how vision screenings are being done.

Kids glued to TV develop blurred vision

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A recent vision health study indicates that the rates of nearsightedness (myopia) in children are linked to time spent outdoors.