LED Eyelashes like Poltergeist -Stay away from the light!

The new rage in fashion makeup is LED eyelashes, a thin strip of LED lights that you stick just above your lash-line. Harmless? No. Those nifty LED strips can put your eyes at serious risk for damage. The LED strips do emit UV rays and with the close and constant pressure of the strips being […]

Best treatment for cataracts in children?

Although unusual, children are sometimes born with cataracts or develop them shortly after birth. When a cataract is removed, a lens implant needs to be inserted in its place. The timing of when to insert the lens implant has been controversial. Researchers examined results from 220 eyes of 148 patients who underwent pediatric cataract surgery […]

Easier than eyedrops after cataract surgery

An injection into the eye containing antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs was given to patients undergoing cataract surgery as a substitute for the standard post-operative 4-week eyedrop therapy. This new treatment was evaluated for effectiveness and patient satisfaction. The current standard protocol for people who have undergone cataract surgery requires them to self-administer topical antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eyedrops as post-operative […]

Hep C raises risk for cataracts

Study findings published in PLoS One show patients suffering from hepatitis C (HCV) infection have an increased risk of developing cataracts. Researchers from China Medical University Hospital in Tiachung, Taiwan wanted to investigate whether HCV infection was associated with a higher risk of cataract formation. Researchers analyzed database records of 11,652 patients with HCV and […]

Alcon lens implant approved for cataract surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new replacement lens for cataract patients. The new lens combines treatment for both astigmatism and presbyopia. This allows the patient to depend less on prescription eyewear. The new lens offered by Alcon is the only multi-focal intraocular lens where the central portion is completely dedicated to distance […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Childhood cataracts can be diagnosed with artificial intelligence

Chinese researchers developed a new artificial-intelligence system that can diagnose a rare eye condition known as congenital cataracts. The new system is called the CC-Cruiser and is designed to mimic the way the brain handles vision. The CC-Cruiser is designed to scan images of eyes to diagnose congenital cataracts, which cloud the lens of a […]

Low LDL Cholesterol may Increase Cataract Risk

Researchers at the University of Iowa recently discovered that patients taking alirocumab (Praluent®) for high cholesterol could possibly see their risk of developing cataracts increase if their LDL-C levels dropped too low. Researchers were testing the safety of alirocumab when they noticed the possible link. Researchers only observed the higher incidence of cataracts in patients […]

Cataracts increase depression risk in elderly

A study published in Optometry and Vision Science reveals that senior citizens with cataracts are prone to symptoms of depression. Women were more likely than men to develop the symptoms of depression and the risk was even higher among those with no formal education. The study involved 4,600 adults aged 60 or older who completed […]

Link between cataract surgery and mortality

There is some great news for patients who have undergone cataract surgery. A recent study found that those who had cataract surgery lived longer than those who had not had the surgery. Extensive amounts of data from over a 10-year period was collected from more than 1.5 million patients. Researchers poured over the research data […]