FDA approves trifocal cataract surgery lens

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the first trifocal intraocular lens from Alcon, for use in patients undergoing cataract surgery in the United States. Clinical studies demonstrated that the lens offers patients outstanding near, intermediate and distance vision while also reducing the need for glasses post-op. With more than 4 million cataract […]

Air pollution a factor in macular degeneration

Study results recently published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine point to a link between air pollutants and an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. This is the first study to show a notable association between macular degeneration and high levels of atmospheric pollution. The study was conducted in Taiwan and involved tracking levels […]

Medication for Dry Macular Degeneration Coming Soon?

While Wet Macular Degeneration has enjoyed the fruits of great research and effective medications, the more common Dry Macular Degeneration has no similar medications for treatment. That might be changing soon. The company, Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC, has developed the molecule, Risuteganib, which the company states is effective against the oxidative stress in the retina that […]

Why are more children becoming nearsighted?

The National Eye Institute is sponsoring a study to determine the effect of red and blue light on children’s vision. The University of Houston College of Optometry has a lab set up and children aged 7 to 14 who are accompanied by a guardian sleep over and are exposed to red and blue lights at […]

Rubbing Your Eyes can be Harmful

This innocent habit can damage your cornea and retina. Cornea Damage: You could inadvertently scratch your cornea with a fingernail causing a corneal abrasion. Excessive eye rubbing can lead to corneal astigmatism. Develop keratoconus: Excessive eye rubbing can lead to keratoconus, which causes the cornea to become thinner and weaker and can cause permanent visual […]

Post-menopausal women at higher risk of chronic dry eye.

Women who have undergone menopause are at a higher risk of developing chronic dry eye due to the hormonal changes. A reduction in the production of both estrogen and progesterone can affect the tear film composition. Symptoms of dry eye can include, burning or scratchy sensation in the eyes, sensitivity to light, difficulty with nighttime […]

Eye-catching: Our eyes are in constant motion

If our optic nerve were to transmit all of the signals it receives in the retina at the resolution to which we are accustomed to, it would have to be the diameter of an elephant’s trunk. Only a minuscule area of the retina known as the fovea is able to provide fine detail resolution. In […]

New implant delivers medicine continuously to eye

The current therapy for treating wet macular degeneration involves costly, frequent injections into the eye. Researchers are currently working on a new therapy that involves putting an implant into the eye that would continuously deliver the medication into the eye. Injection therapy only offers temporary help in preserving central vision with wet macular degeneration and […]

New dry eye therapy for Sjogren’s patients

Patients with Sjogren’s syndrome suffer from severe dry eye which is caused by their immune system attacking the glands that make tears. The dry eye symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome can be disabling, causing severe eye pain and extreme light sensitivity. Currently, there are only two FDA approved drugs to treat dry eye and they are […]

FDA approves Eylea to treat all stages of diabetic retinopathy

Currently used to treat diabetic macular edema, Eylea recently gained FDA approval for treating all stages of diabetic retinopathy. Eylea works as a “vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)” inhibitor by stopping the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. It also reduces swelling and leakage, which are what lead to vision loss. Clinical trials […]