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 […]

Gene therapy used to treat AMD

A surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the UK successfully injected a synthetic gene into a patient’s eye in the hope of stopping the progression of age-related macular degeneration. The patient, Janet Osborne, is the first person to receive the gene therapy in the trial that is being conducted at the John Radcliffe Hospital […]

Phone interview for pre-op cataract patients safe

In an effort to determine whether preoperative (pre-op) phone calls could safely be a substitute for the traditional in-person pre-op office visit, researchers conducted a retrospective study of the outcomes of pre-op phone consults and traditional in-person pre-op office visits. In October 2015, surgeons at Boston Medical Center were given permission to conduct the pre-op […]

3D-printed replacement cornea a reality

A new company, Precise Bio, will be creating 3D-printed products for human eyes, including corneas. With almost 10 million people suffering from corneal blindness, these artificially manufactured corneas would greatly reduce the supply limitations that go along with transplant waiting lists. Bioprinters utilize layers of cells and biocompatible materials to print form tissue unlike traditional […]

Trouble seeing in Dark Tunnels

One month ago, a 52 year-old woman came into my office with the sole complaint that she struggled to see at night. Her vision measured 20/20, and she had no cataracts or retinal disease that might explain her symptoms.   So I tested her “dark adaptation.” I’ve been doing this for years on patients, and […]