Cataract surgery associated with lower risk of death

Women aged 65 and older who have cataract surgery have a lower risk for death. While there have been prior studies that have put forth the possibility of decreased risk for all-cause mortality with cataract surgery, there had not been studies regarding the association between cataract surgery and cause-specific mortality. Researchers at the University of […]

Lipid mediators may stop progress of glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness that affects about 80 million people around the world and has no cure. New research takes a look at a naturally occurring molecules known as lipid mediators as a treatment that may potentially stop the progress of glaucoma. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley used both rats and […]

Ocular sealant offers no added benefit for cataract surgery patients

A recent Duke University Eye Center study took a look at the use of hydrogel ocular sealant in cataract patients and whether there was any benefit in its application. The study examined 90 eyes of 45 cataract surgery patients: 45 eyes had the hydrogel ocular sealant applied and 45 eyes did not. Hydrogel ocular sealant […]

Link between vision and dyslexia

Researchers are excited about recent findings that demonstrate a possible link between vision and dyslexia. A recent study found a commonality among dyslexics: most had dominant round spots on both eyes rather than in just one eye. The study was conducted at the University of Rennes and published in the journal Proceedings of they Royal […]

Women are #1 in Vision Problems

When it comes to problems with eyes and vision, more women than men are affected and the reason for this disparity is unknown. Worldwide statistics indicate that women account for two-thirds of the visually impaired or blind. In the United States, almost 2.7 million women over the age of 40 have low vision or are […]

FDA approves glucose monitoring system

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System to be sold in the United States. The Libre is manufactured by Abbott and is currently only available overseas. The system allows patients to view blood sugar every minute of the day without pricking a finger. The device will be available […]

3 Ways Costume Contact Lenses can Damage Your Eyes

Thinking about jazzing up your Halloween costume with a pair of costume contact lenses? Decorative contact lenses have the potential of doing serious damage to your vision. Here are four ways they can harm your eyes: Corneal abrasions:┬áSince the contact lenses are not properly fitted and some of the designs could be uneven, the lenses […]

HEALTH ALERT – Costume Contact Lenses are no treat

For Halloween revelers looking to add that finishing touch to their costumes by wearing decorative contact lenses, think again. Those dazzling decorative lenses may contain chlorine and other harmful chemicals that pose a serious threat to vision. Japanese researchers recently published study findings that revealed that several varieties of the over-the-counter lenses contained the potentially […]

Eye exams spot more than eye disease

A routine eye exam not only can catch early signs of eye disease but can also flag underlying health conditions that may otherwise go undetected. An eye exam can provide early diagnosis of diabetes, brain tumors, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and high blood pressure. Diabetes is a disease that can have silent symptoms but an […]

BREAKTHROUGH – Blood test for Macular Degeneration?

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have found that a particular set of metabolites in the blood are good markers for diagnosing AMD as well as indicating the severity of Macular Degeneration Metabolites, or breakdown products, are a result of both genes and environment.┬áThe “metabolome” — the set of metabolites present in an individual — […]