Eye disease screening recommendations

Adults who have no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 according to recommendations by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Age 40 is the age when early signs of eye disease and vision changes might begin to occur. The baseline screening will allow the ophthalmologist […]

Preschoolers more likely to have vision problems

Two population-based studies were the focus for researchers examining the future of eye health of children. The retrospective study included the records of children ages 3 to 5 years in the United States from 2015. The research team from the University of Southern California considered visual impairment as decreased visual acuity (VA) as being <20/50 […]

Blue-Blocking Computer Glasses – All Hype?

The hot topic these days is the dangers of blue light and companies are starting to jump on the blue-blocking bandwagon by offering glasses to “help” counter the effects of blue light on vision. But experts say, “not so fast” and urge consumers to check out the facts. The first thing to consider is that […]

Macular carotenoids great for eyes

A recent study found that macular carotenoids increase macular pigment optical density (MPOD), and improve photo stress recovery and glare performance. Lutein and zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin are considered to be macular carotenoids. The double-blind study involved 59 participants with a mean age of 21.7 and was conducted over a period of 12 months. Participants took […]

New treatment for uveitis

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine details the findings that the arthritis medication, adalimumab, can effectively treat uveitis. Researchers were looking to determine what effect adalimumab has on patients with uveitis. Adalimumab is a steroid-free, injection that has few side effects and is used to treat rheumatic diseases. 217 adults […]

Diabetes risk doubled with 2 sweet drinks daily

Regardless of whether you consume two or more 200 – milliliter servings of sugar sweetened drinks or artificially sweetened drinks on a daily basis, a recent study found that your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is almost doubled.  If your intake is more than 5 200 – milliliter servings a day then you have […]

Laser pointers are not child’s play

While laser pointers can be a valuable tool, they often times are used as toys instead and the use of them by children should be limited and supervised. Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss. When purchasing laser pointers, consumers are advised to check for the power rating and to limit the use of the […]

Severe eye injuries in golf

If someone were to ask you which sports were the most dangerous to your vision, golf probably is not one that would make the top three. But a recent analysis of studies found that while golf-related injuries occur less often than eye injuries in other sports, golf has a higher rate of “open globe injury.” […]

Be wary if considering stem cell therapy

With stem cell therapy for eye disease being the current trendy news topic, many people are eager to jump the gun and rush into trying it. These therapies are currently being researched and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe and effective. Since there are no stem cell therapies […]

FDA approves cornea treatment for Keratoconus

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) for treating progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea which causes keratoconus in some people. A combined therapy of ultraviolet light and eye drops is used to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea. Patients suffering with keratoconus have too few collagen fiber cross-links and […]