First artificial iris approved by FDA

The first stand-alone prosthetic iris has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The device will be surgically implanted to treat adults and children whose iris is completely missing or who suffer from aniridia or who have suffered some other damage to the eye. Severe vision problems may be the end result […]

Smartphone device detects diabetic retinopathy

More than 7 million people in the United States are affected by diabetic retinopathy. Currently, patients must rely on a traditional eye exam performed by an eye specialist using an ophthalmoscope. Researchers at the University of California – Berkeley have created a smartphone-based device that examines the retina and can be used by primary care […]

Western Diet linked to Diabetic Retinopathy

Adolescents living in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of obesity and type 2 Diabetes and are at higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy in adulthood. Research was recently conducted to determine if there is a possible link between a typical Western diet and a predisposition to diabetic retinopathy. Adolescents now have a high prevalence […]

Dark Chocolate-Sweet treat for your eyes

Dark chocolate aficionados may have more reason to celebrate their favorite indulgence. A recent study found that the flavanols found in dark chocolate might sharpen eyesight in adults with otherwise healthy vision. Flavanols are already known to have beneficial effects on lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow and stabilizing cholesterol and lipid levels. Researchers wanted […]

Lipid found in eye may help prevent diabetic retinopathy

Lipids have a bad reputation when it comes to heart disease and high cholesterol, but there is one lipid found in the eye that can actually help prevent diabetic retinopathy. This good lipid is produced by an enzyme known as ELOVL4. Recent study results concerning this enzyme and the lipids were published in the journal […]

Researchers testing eye implant for macular degeneration

Researchers are testing a new therapy for treating macular degeneration that utilizes implanting a thin sheet of human embryonic stem cells into the eye. This eye implant would be used to treat patients suffering from the dry form of macular degeneration. University of Southern California researchers grew human embryonic stem cells in a sterile lab […]

New device approved by FDA to detect diabetic retinopathy

A new medical device that uses artificial intelligence to detect diabetic retinopathy in adults has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new device will provide adults with an early diagnostic tool. The software program is known as IDx-DR and it uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to analyze images of the […]

Eye surgeons protest new No Anesthesia Rule

Anthem Inc., the umbrella company for Empire BlueCross BlueShield, is implementing a new rule that eliminates coverage for nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists during routine cataract surgery. This new rule means that eye surgeons have to sedate the patients, perform the surgery and monitor their vital signs. While Anthem states that the new policy was based […]

Eyes may predict risk for dementia

A recent study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found a link between severe retinopathy and memory loss. The study was published in the online journal Neurology. Based upon the fact that blood vessels in the eye resemble those found in the brain, doctors examined whether eye health might be […]

Vision loss reversed with new stem cell therapy

A Phase 1 Clinical study of an experimental stem cell treatment for the web form of macular degeneration has resulted in two people having their vision loss reversed and their vision improving to being able to read with reading glasses. The study was published in Nature Biotechnology. Doctors used a surgical tool specifically designed for […]