Eye Damage May Occur With Use of Bladder Drug

A popular drug used to treat interstitial cystitis of the bladder was shown in a recent study to cause retinal damage in a study presented at the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Researchers examined a database of 4.3 million patients at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California after a report from last year claimed […]

Gene therapy treatment for AMD in clinical trials

Phase 1 clinical trials on a new gene therapy to treat age-related macular degeneration are currently underway in multiple locations around the country. Early results from the trials are offering promising results and researchers hope gene therapy for wet macular degeneration will be available within the next 3 to 5 years. This new therapy would […]

New Drug for Dry Macular Degeneration?

A new drug to treat the “dry” form of macular degeneration is currently undergoing clinical trials. Allegro Ophthalmics has reported encouraging results from the phase 2 study of Risuteganib. The small phase 2 study involved 40 patients and was conducted over a 28 week period with participants receiving 2 injections. Half of the patients received […]

New Drug Approved for Wet Macular Degeneration

Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it’s new drug, Beovu®, for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Beovu® (brolucizumab) recently completed two late-stage clinical trials, which tested the safety and efficacy of the intravitreal injection. Wet AMD is an eye condition which can lead to a […]

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 […]