Pregnant women may want to avoid acetaminophen

A study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics showed a possible link between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy being linked to a higher risk of having children with hyperactivity issues. Acetaminophen is a widely used over-the-counter medicine and is also found in many prescription medicines. While acetaminophen is regarded to be safe to use during pregnancy, […]

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 […]

Alzheimer’s diagnosis using an eye scan

Researchers using modified topical endoscope fundus imaging were able to diagnose Alzheimer’s in the retinas of mice. Retinal tissue is similar to brain tissue and when Alzheimer’s begins, it changes the way that light is reflected off the retina. This change happens long before any noticeable changes in behavior or memory occur. Currently, Alzheimer’s is […]

Be “vision smart” when using a smartphone

Many people spend time at night reading their smartphones in bed while lying on one side with the eye that is positioned on the pillow being covered by the pillow. This habit can cause eye strain and lead to the “reading” eye taking longer to adapt to the dark when the smartphone is no longer […]

LED streetlights raise health concerns

As the United States and the United Kingdom move to reduce energy consumption by replacing old street lamps with LED lights, doctors warn that the new lighting could be having detrimental effect on our sleep and vision. The American Medical Association notes that LEDs emit large amounts of blue light, which can disrupt sleep patterns by […]

Why are Olympic Athletes Worried About Zika Virus?

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil have heightened interest in the Zika virus. Some athletes are boycotting the games. Babies affected by the Zika virus in utero can experience devastating visual problems as a result. Studies published in Ophthalmology and JAMA Ophthalmology detail findings that link the virus to various eye abnormalities. The Ophthalmology study noted visual […]

Do ocular patients favor Universal Health Care?

We sent an email survey to our subscribers about their health insurance, and the answers were surprising. Not unusual for a group of people who are concerned about their vision, over 60% were insured by Medicare. And while 38% had other insurance, approximately 1 in every 70 people had no health insurance whatsoever, despite the mandates of […]

Doctors step away from high risk surgeries to avoid bad report cards

Like the road that gets doubly filled with traffic when electronic signage informs them that it is the less trafficked route, likewise doctor and hospital report cards intended to help patients find lower risk facilities for heart surgery has unintended outcomes. An article in the New York Times describes how some of the most talented […]

Zeaxanthin a hit for MLB players

Major Leage Baseball players know that having great skills won’t get you very far if your vision and ability to focus on the ball is not optimal. Sensitivity to light and squinting can diminish a player’s abilities. Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that daily consumption of zeaxanthin, which is found in many […]

Important Trick to Avoid Eyeliner Problems for Eyes

Whether eyeliner is applied inside the lash line or outside the lash line can play a role in whether the eyeliner will migrate into the eye itself and cause problems. Eye doctors frequently have patients that come in and have eyeliner residue stuck to contact lenses or trapped in the tear film of their eyes. […]