Air pollution a factor in macular degeneration

Study results recently published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine point to a link between air pollutants and an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. This is the first study to show a notable association between macular degeneration and high levels of atmospheric pollution. The study was conducted in Taiwan and involved tracking levels […]

Eye calcifications raise AMD risk

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with the Queen’s University Belfast made a breakthrough discovery regarding age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers discovered that calcified nodules in the retina are linked to an increase risk for the progression to advanced AMD. Researchers studied clinical imaging in patients as well as molecular analysis […]

Dry Eye Syndrome Slows Reading Rate

As if dealing with burning, irritated and weepy eyes isn’t enough, dry eye sufferers may also experience a slower reading rate due to the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Researchers at Mount Sinai’s New York Eye and Ear Infirmary recently published their study results in¬†Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers recruited 186 adults aged 50 and […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s greatness due to an eye disorder?

Perhaps if Leonardo da Vinci had access to a good eye doctor, his great skill as an artist may have never developed and the world may have never known his name. A recent examination of da Vinci’s artistic works shed some light on the possibility that the great artist suffered from an eye disorder known […]

Age of surgeon does not affect cataract surgery outcome

Should a patient undergoing cataract surgery be concerned if the ophthalmologist performing surgery is advanced in years? Researchers poured over almost 500,000 cataract operations performed in Ontario, Canada between 2009 and 2013 to try and determine if older surgeons performing cataract surgery were linked to a higher incidence of adverse post-operative complications. The cases that […]

Scientists discover the origin of color vision

Humans develop their ability to see in color while in the womb. The radiant colors of a sunset, or the detailed, vibrant colors of a butterfly are all able to be detected if our color vision has developed properly before we were even born. While researchers knew that cells that detect blue light are the […]

Can a visit to the chiropractor cause vision problems?

High-velocity manipulations such as those used in chiropractic treatments can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Bleeding inside the retina can lead to some vision loss. Such forceful manipulation can also cause more direct damage to the eye by causing bleeding in the vitreous humor and posterior vitreous detachment. A woman in […]

Seeing Red? Long-term vision problems linked to Viagra

Researchers have found that a high dose of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) can cause retinal damage on a cellular level resulting in color vision problems. Excessive use of the drug could result in long-term vision problems that are potentially irreversible. Study findings were published in the fall issue of Retinal Cases. A study was conducted based […]

Mediterranean Diet Lower Macular Degeneration Risk

People who adhere to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) are found to have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) according to a study published in Ophthalmology. A Mediterranean Diet is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. Researchers examined correlations between the incidence of advanced AMD and compliance with the […]

Dangers of red eye relieving eyedrops

Most over-the-counter eyedrops used for treating red eyes, contain tetrahydrozoline which is FDA approved for use in the eyes. Some of the brands that contain the chemical are Visine, Murine Plus and Clarine. The labels specifically state that they are for external use only and to keep them out of the reach of children. However, […]