SURVEY: Stick up your nose for dry eye treatment?

I must admit that the first time I saw Allergan’s TrueTear battery powered nasal stimulator in action, I squirmed. Promoted as a treatment for dry eye treatment, this one is definitely an out-of-the box solution. But according to Dr. Ed Holland at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, the vibrating nasal prongs are not only effective, but […]

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 […]

Computers and Blue Light Danger?

People associate blue light with computers and digital devices. But the greatest source of blue light actually comes from the sun. While there is no scientific data showing that blue light from digital devices can cause any harm to your eyes, exposure to blue light can cause digital eyestrain and disrupt your sleep. Digital eyestrain […]

Does a drop of blood a day keep the dry eye away?

Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London are testing a therapy for treating dry eye and it involves using the patient’s own blood. The unique technique puts a finger-prick amount of the patient’s blood into the lower eye lid. The results were surprising. Patients saw symptoms including stinging and redness reduced within three days of […]

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 […]

Are computer eyeglass coatings worth the money?

People in their 50’s and older often require a separate computer eyeglass prescription. The popular trending item these days is computer glasses that are touted to filter out blue light from computers, smartphones and other mobile devices. Overexposure to blue light is blamed for any myriad of health problems according to ads for the glasses. […]

Cardio drug helpful in treating surfer’s eye

Researchers from Ariel University in Israel recently examined the affect the commonly prescribed cardiovascular drug, dipryidamole, had on┬átreating pterygium, otherwise known as surfer’s eye. Surfer’s eye is┬ácaused by a benign growth of the conjunctiva over the white of the eye. The condition is commonly found in surfers (hence, the name) but is more prevalent in […]

Vitiligo patients at higher risk of Dry Eye

A small study revealed that vitiligo patients are at a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome. This study echoes previous studies which found a higher prevalence of ocular issues among vitiligo patients. This most recent study involved 61 vitiligo patients and 57 control individuals. Several vision tests were conducted including the Schirmer test. The […]

Natural eye protein “clusterin” may hold key to treating dry eye

For millions of patients suffering from dry eye symptoms, relief may be found in a natural tear protein. New research brings to light a possible new therapy in treating dry eye syndrome symptoms. Clusterin is a protein that occurs naturally in tears and acts to protect cells and proteins. Researchers theorized that clusterin is depleted […]

Anxiety and Depression may be tied to dry eye disease

Researchers examined records of 460, 611 patients in a retrospective case-control study to determine the odds ratios for dry eye disease and anxiety and depression. There were 7,207 patients with dry eye syndrome while 20,004 had anxiety and 30,100 had depression. Researchers then adjusted the odds ratio between dry eye and anxiety and that came […]