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 […]

Scientists stumble upon drug to lower brain pressure

Victoza and Trulicity, drugs that are currently used to treat Type II diabetes or obesity, may also help reduce brain pressure. University of Birmingham researchers published in Science Translational Medicine their results from a three-year study. The researchers examined whether Glucagon-Like peptide 1 receptor-1 (GLP-1) agonist drugs could reduce intracranial pressure in rats. Increased brain […]

Broccoli design offers clue to improve retinal implants

Researchers at the University of Oregon are currently exploring the possibility that retinal implants with a fractal design might provide the first viable therapy in treating people who have lost vision due to retinal diseases. Implants that are currently being used have not demonstrated the kind of vision restoration that doctors and patients were looking […]

Don’t let the eclipse make you blind!

YES, you can go blind looking at the solar eclipse. NO, you cannot use regular sunglasses. YES, you need certified eclipse viewing glasses or other certified optical devices to safely view the eclipse.

New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]

Study warns of unregulated clinics

A recent study published in the journal Cell¬†warns of a growing number of unregulated clinics in the United States offering unregulated stem cell treatments. This alarming trend has eye care professionals urging consumers to be on alert. The unregulated clinics are able to skirt FDA oversight all because of a technicality. These clinics take cells […]

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 […]

#1 Cause of Vision Loss in Adults? Diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is the #1¬†cause of vision loss among working adults between the ages of 20 and 74 in the United States.* Lucentis recently gained FDA approval for monthly treatment of every form of diabetic retinopathy. This marks the first drug that the FDA has approved to treat diabetic retinopathy “with or without diabetic macular […]

Discontinuing macular degeneration injections results in vision loss

A retrospective, observational study examined the data from 35 patients who had received anti-VEGF injections of the eye for treatment of the wet form of macular degeneration but then stopped treatment despite continued symptoms. Researchers found a notable deterioration in visual acuity over two years. Researchers looked at the best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at the […]

Eye injections increase glaucoma risk

Patients who receive seven or more Intravitreous eye injections of bevacizumab (Avastin) each year are at a higher risk of eventually needing glaucoma surgery according to study results recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology medical journal. Intravitreous injections are the standard therapy for patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration. Researchers examined data […]