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 […]

Cataract Surgery Improves Sleep Quality

A new study shows improved sleep and daytime cognitive ability after patients undergo cataract surgery with intraocular lens implants. These study results were reported in JAMA Ophthalmology and conducted by researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. A small laboratory study involving 13 patients aged 55 to 80 who had undergone cataract surgery two […]

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 […]