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 […]

Dark Chocolate-Sweet treat for your eyes

Dark chocolate aficionados may have more reason to celebrate their favorite indulgence. A recent study found that the flavanols found in dark chocolate might sharpen eyesight in adults with otherwise healthy vision. Flavanols are already known to have beneficial effects on lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow and stabilizing cholesterol and lipid levels. Researchers wanted […]

Researchers testing eye implant for macular degeneration

Researchers are testing a new therapy for treating macular degeneration that utilizes implanting a thin sheet of human embryonic stem cells into the eye. This eye implant would be used to treat patients suffering from the dry form of macular degeneration. University of Southern California researchers grew human embryonic stem cells in a sterile lab […]

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 […]

Vision loss reversed with new stem cell therapy

A Phase 1 Clinical study of an experimental stem cell treatment for the web form of macular degeneration has resulted in two people having their vision loss reversed and their vision improving to being able to read with reading glasses. The study was published in Nature Biotechnology. Doctors used a surgical tool specifically designed for […]

New drug approved by FDA for post-cataract surgery treatment

Elderly patients who undergo cataract surgery will now have the option of receiving a single injection of Dexycu immediately following surgery. Dexycu was approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for inflammation associated with cataract surgery. Currently, post-operative treatment consists of burdensome self-administration of medicated eyedrops multiple times a day over several […]

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 […]

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┬áJournal 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 […]