Google better than experts in diagnosing eye disease

Researcher’s at Google’s DeepMind got together with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to create a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technique to review eye imaging to make recommendations for care. The team combined two different neural networks with one network analyzing the OCT scan to map the tissue and symptoms of disease it sees and […]

Virtual Reality headset helps AMD patients

With the help of a smartphone, the IrisVision Virtual Reality headset is helping patients who suffer from macular degeneration to be able to enjoy daily tasks. Macular degeneration, causes blurred or no vision in the center of the patient’s visual field making it difficult to distinguish faces, drive and read. The person wears a Virtual […]

No More Eye Injections for Wet Macular Degeneration?

Genetech has formulated Lucentis’ active ingredient into a refillable eye implant that delivers the medication continuously into the eyes of wet macular degeneration patients. Known as the Port Delivery System, the implantable drug has shown promising results in the second phase of clinical studies. The Port Delivery System is slightly bigger than a grain of […]

$3 Sunglasses are No Bargain for Your Eyes

You might think you’ve found a bargain when you picked up those $3 sunglasses but your eyes might end up paying a bigger price. Those bargain sunglasses can actually do great damage to your vision by allowing harmful UV light to penetrate rather than blocking it. Wearing tinted lenses causes your eyes to dilate, which […]

New genetic markers identified for Glaucoma

Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Statistical Genetic laboratory have identified 40 new genetic markers that increase a person’s risk developing glaucoma. This discovery raises hope that a predictive test for glaucoma will become a reality in the near future. Researchers conducted a genome-wide study of more than 134,000 people with high intraocular […]

Eat an orange a day to keep the AMD away

Oranges are the latest fruit to win accolades for their potential health benefits. The latest study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research were examining the effect flavonoids had on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More than 2,000 Australian adults aged 50 and over were interviewed […]

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. […]

Fashionably Small Sunglasses Fail to Protect Eyes

For those not hip to the latest fashion trends, tiny sunglasses are all the rage. While the diminutive shades may turn heads, they won’t protect your eyes from UV rays. These microshades may be fashionable but really aren’t functional. The purpose of sunglasses is to reduce brightness for comfort and protect our eyes from UV […]

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 […]