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 […]

Sex hormones affect eyes

A study published online in the¬†Journal of Cellular Physiology suggests that fluctuations in sex steroid homeostatis may have a direct impact on eye physiology and on eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Researchers from Temple University’s Sbarro Institute were looking to determine whether male gender can be considered a risk factor in developing age-related […]

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 […]

Fruit fly eyes helpful in understanding human blindness

Scientists have long understood that blue light will make fruit flies go blind but had been unable to determine why. A recent Purdue University study revealed how blue light kills cells in the eyes of the fruit fly and opens up the possibility of further understanding human eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Researchers compared […]

Hot Tea Lessens Glaucoma Risk?

A recent study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology reveals a possible link between hot tea consumption and a lower risk of developing glaucoma. Researchers were looking for a link between glaucoma and coffee, tea and soda (both caffeinated and decaffeinated) and examined results of eye examinations from almost 1700 participants aged 40 and […]

5 Steps to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetics are more prone to developing particular eye diseases, which include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. There are steps, however, that can help preserve vision and lessen the likelihood of developing these diseases. Comprehensive dilated eye exams:¬† Every year, diabetic patients should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This allows your ophthalmologist to start treatment […]

Sun causes crescent-shaped spot in eye

A woman who viewed the 2017 Solar Eclipse with eclipse glasses that were not certified as safe eclipse glasses, ended up with solar retinopathy, which is a condition that is irreversible and damages the retina. Using an adaptive optics machine to image her eyes as well as normal imaging methods, doctors were able to get […]

Exercise may lower glaucoma risk

Researchers recently reviewed survey data within the United States and found that physically active people have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma affects almost 3 million people in the United States and while there is no cure, early detection will allow for treatments that can help to preserve vision. Researchers at the […]