Positive results for early macular degeneration with laser therapy

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University of Melbourne researchers published the results of their latest study in The FASEB Journal. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the new nanosecond laser in treating patients with early age-related macular degeneration. This revolutionary laser is low-impact and low-energy. What researchers found is that unlike current laser therapies,  the nanosecond laser does not damage […]

Preserving your vision as you age

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A majority of adults believe that eventually losing their vision as they age is inevitable and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent that from happening. There are many factors associated with various eye conditions that cause vision loss and while something like genetic predisposition cannot be altered, there are things that […]

Taking a “Peek” at the retina with new device

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A new device called the Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) Retina is being developed by Peek Vision and it will connect to smartphones and allow doctors to perform complete and affordable eye exams. The Peek Retina works by clipping onto a smartphone camera and they physician is then able to examine the retina. High-quality images […]

Researchers rejoice over revolutionary retinal transplant

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A Japanese woman suffering from macular degeneration was the recipient of a successful retinal transplant using her own stem cells. Using skin cells scraped from the woman’s arm, doctor’s grew the replacement retina in a petri dish. The success of this surgery demonstrates the ability of creating genetically identical replacement tissue from a patient’s own […]

Let’s Make Eye Contact: The Cereal Connection

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Researchers at Cornell University wanted to determine what role the eye contact of spokes characters on both adult and children’s cereal boxes played in the consumer’s decision. The results were intriguing and may point to why some brands have experienced greater longevity than other brands. Two studies were conducted. In the first study, the eye […]

Smartphone use – not so smart at night

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The use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices such as tablets has grown tremendously over the last ten years and the consequences of using these devices at night are now being seen. The blue light that these devices emit not only interferes with our sleep cycles but it also causes damage to our vision. […]

Macular Degeneration can affect those under 50

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Age-related macular degeneration is commonly thought of as a disease that strikes those 50 years and older but a recent study shows that the condition can affect the 35 to 44 age group as well. The Gutenberg Health Study was conducted to identify the age- and gender-specific incidence of macular degeneration. Researchers evaluated the vascular […]

Cerebrospinal fluid pressure may hold key to glaucoma

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Researchers have discovered that cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid surrounding the brain) plays an important role in maintaining proper eye function. This discovery could lead to possible treatments for glaucoma. By raising the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in rats, researchers were able to counterbalance elevated intraocular pressure. This in turn, kept the optic nerve from […]

‘Sticky-trap’ therapy helps treat diabetic retinopathy

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Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada have developed a new therapy called ‘sticky-trap’ to treat diabetic retinopathy. ‘Sticky-trap’ is injected into the eye and the binding component within it attaches to the surface of cells and shuts down the abnormal blood vessels within the eye. Diabetic retinopathy causes vision loss when the extra, […]

Single shot gene therapy could benefit wet AMD patients

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Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia have created a new gene therapy that could potentially replace invasive monthly injections, which are the current method of treating the wet form of macular degeneration. A single injection carries a benign, modified virus which has a gene that creates a supply of a protein […]