Gene therapy used to treat AMD

A surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the UK successfully injected a synthetic gene into a patient’s eye in the hope of stopping the progression of age-related macular degeneration. The patient, Janet Osborne, is the first person to receive the gene therapy in the trial that is being conducted at the John Radcliffe Hospital […]

Phone interview for pre-op cataract patients safe

In an effort to determine whether preoperative (pre-op) phone calls could safely be a substitute for the traditional in-person pre-op office visit, researchers conducted a retrospective study of the outcomes of pre-op phone consults and traditional in-person pre-op office visits. In October 2015, surgeons at Boston Medical Center were given permission to conduct the pre-op […]

3D-printed replacement cornea a reality

A new company, Precise Bio, will be creating 3D-printed products for human eyes, including corneas. With almost 10 million people suffering from corneal blindness, these artificially manufactured corneas would greatly reduce the supply limitations that go along with transplant waiting lists. Bioprinters utilize layers of cells and biocompatible materials to print form tissue unlike traditional […]

Trouble seeing in Dark Tunnels

One month ago, a 52 year-old woman came into my office with the sole complaint that she struggled to see at night. Her vision measured 20/20, and she had no cataracts or retinal disease that might explain her symptoms.   So I tested her “dark adaptation.” I’ve been doing this for years on patients, and […]

Supplements, Resveratrol, and The Goddess of Longevity

The hidden gem in VisiVite’s nutritional portfolio is Reziva trans-resveratrol. The name, Reziva comes from Ziva, the Slavic goddess of longevity. If you’ve never heard of resveratrol before, it’s the key molecule in red wine that is believed to give the French long life and slim weight. Most resveratrol that is commercially available is extracted […]

6 Vision Changes You Shouldn’t Ignore

There are many problems associated with the eyes that can be indicators of something far more serious, including cancer, that warrant making an appointment with your eye doctor. In many cases, a routine eye exam can diagnose a major issue with your vision at an early stage. Here are six changes to your eyes that […]

Glaucoma not helped by smoking pot

Organizations touting the benefits of medicinal marijuana are common these days. One of the popular myths surrounding marijuana is that it is helpful in treating glaucoma. Due to this rather popular misconception, the National Eye Institute researched whether marijuana or it’s active ingredient, THC, could be used safely in treating intraocular eye pressure (IOP) which […]

Starry-eyed: Man affected by rare rosette cataract

While cataracts commonly afflict older adults, when younger people develop a cataract, it’s usually due to trauma to the head or eye. A man in India found this out the hard way after taking a punch to the left side of his face. Two days after the fight, the man sought medical help when his […]

Oranges reduce AMD risk 60%

Forget an apple a day to keep the doctor away, reach for an orange as a recent study shows that eating an orange a day can reduce your risk of developing late macular degeneration by as much as 60 percent. The flavonoids found in oranges provide a special protection against age-related macular degeneration. Researchers at […]

To reduce inflammation: Sip a spinach smoothie

Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden continued their research of lutein which is not only an antioxidant but an anti-inflammatory agent as well. The last lutein study revealed that the lutein can reduce inflammation in immune cells of patients dealing with coronary artery disease and the lutein can be stored within the immune cells. The […]