Cataract risk reduced with diet high in fruits and veggies

Researchers published a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that highlights the potential benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables in helping reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Researchers examined previously published randomized trials to determine any link between diet and the development of cataracts. The review involved 20 […]

Donor Cells Implanted for Macular Degeneration

Researchers at the Riken Institute in Japan completed the first clinical trial involving the transplantation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) from donors. Five patients received the donated cells. Artificially grown retinal cells were made from donor iPS cells and were used to treat the patients suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration. The first […]

Retina offers a look at the brain

While it is known that the retina is a crucial part of vision, it is also viewed by many doctors to be the window to the brain, since it is linked directly to the brain via the optic nerve. Armed with this knowledge, researchers at the University of Illinois/Chicago are creating imaging techniques that will […]

Sweat bees inhabit woman’s Eyelid!

A Taiwanese woman came to the emergency room with a painfully swollen eyelid only to discover that she had four sweat bees dwelling under her eyelid. Doctors were startled to find the tiny insects, which are only 3 to 4 mm long. The woman had been visiting a relative’s grave site where she believes the […]

Which is it? Calcium does or doesn’t increase macular degeneration risk?

A previous study pointed to high daily calcium dosage being linked to increased risk of macular degeneration, a potentially blinding condition of the eye. But a new National Institutes of Health study states that calcium supplementation is not a risk. So who are we to believe? It’s an important issue, because more than 40% of […]

Colorful veggies reduce cataract risk

A new study notes a link between a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruits to a reduced risk in developing age-related cataracts (ARC). Colorful fruits and vegetables including those with red, orange and yellow pigments can play a role in lowering the risk of ARC. Cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment in […]

Breakthrough Macular Degeneration research announced

Researchers at the University of California – Berkeley have found a way to treat eye diseases such as macular degeneration by turning ganglion cells into cells that can sense light. Many degenerative eye diseases are caused by photoreceptors that no longer work correctly. This new technique eliminates the need for photoreceptor cells. Using an inactivated […]

Which medication is best for wet macular degeneration?

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers studied the ocular as well as systemic effects that three anti-VEGF therapies had on patients. Pegatanib, ranibizumab and bevacizumab were all compared to patients who received no anti-VEGF treatments Researchers evaluated specific studies from databases and focused on 16 randomized controlled trials that had a total of 6347 […]

Revolutionary treatment restores vision

A study that involved a revolutionary treatment using stem cells from the eyes of non-living donors is detailed in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine. Researchers hope that this pioneering treatment may hold the key to finding a cure for blindness that is caused by damage to the cornea. Eight patients with condition known as Limbal stem […]

Google makes diabetic retinopathy diagnosis easier

Google is pairing up with it’s sister company, Verily, to make screening for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic edema more accessible for patients in India. India faces a shortage of more than 100,000 eye doctors and an epidemic of diabetic retinopathy. The technology utilizes algorithms to detect the eye diseases in medical imaging and was recently […]