Immune cells in retina play a role in vision loss

Australian researchers discovered that a mutation in immune cells (microglia) that exist in the retina prevent cones from developing properly. This discovery is the first time immune cells have been found to play a critical role in the development of cones and gives researchers a better understanding of macular degeneration and other genetic eye diseases. […]

Smartphone device detects diabetic retinopathy

More than 7 million people in the United States are affected by diabetic retinopathy. Currently, patients must rely on a traditional eye exam performed by an eye specialist using an ophthalmoscope. Researchers at the University of California – Berkeley have created a smartphone-based device that examines the retina and can be used by primary care […]

Western Diet linked to Diabetic Retinopathy

Adolescents living in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of obesity and type 2 Diabetes and are at higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy in adulthood. Research was recently conducted to determine if there is a possible link between a typical Western diet and a predisposition to diabetic retinopathy. Adolescents now have a high prevalence […]

Eyes may predict risk for dementia

A recent study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found a link between severe retinopathy and memory loss. The study was published in the online journal Neurology. Based upon the fact that blood vessels in the eye resemble those found in the brain, doctors examined whether eye health might be […]

Glasses soon to be a thing of the past?

An ophthalmologist with Bar-Ilan University in Israel has invented and patented “nanodrops”, which improved near and farsightedness in the corneas of pigs. The research is being led by Dr. David Smadja. Human clinical trials will take place later this year and if successful, could eliminate the need for eyeglasses in the future. The nanodrop therapy […]

Red Wine Extract’s Myriad of Health Benefits

Resveratrol red grape extract for Weight and Glucose Control, Heart and Eye Health Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the health benefits of red wine, including glucose and weight control, heart and eye health. In fact, people who drink red wine are also found to live longer. The secret isn’t the wine itself, but a compound in […]

Google “sees” heart attack risk in your eyes

New artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Google has the ability to predict whether a person has high blood pressure or is at a risk of heart attack or stroke. While the algorithms didn’t outperform conventional medical testing such as blood tests, the software does offer the potential of allowing doctors to provide a tool that […]

Study compares Lucentis regimens for wet AMD

The treat-and-extend (TE) protocol of Lucentis (ranibizumab) is just as effective as a monthly regimen of ranibizumab when looking at increasing visual acuity in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The 12-month study was conducted in Portugal and led by Rufino Silvia, MD, PhD and involved 650 wet AMD patients aged 50 and older. […]

Cataract surgery linked to lower risk of early death

Cataract surgery might have the added benefit of reducing the risk of an early death for older women. Researchers recently reviewed data on over 74,000 women with cataracts including over 41,000 who had cataract surgery. The average of the women in the study was 71 years and the women were a part of the Women’s […]

Taking a look at diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics can develop an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high blood sugar. The damaged blood vessels either swell and leak or they close up preventing blood from passing through. In some case, abnormal blood vessels grown on the retina. Any of […]