Cataract surgery associated with lower risk of death

Women aged 65 and older who have cataract surgery have a lower risk for death. While there have been prior studies that have put forth the possibility of decreased risk for all-cause mortality with cataract surgery, there had not been studies regarding the association between cataract surgery and cause-specific mortality. Researchers at the University of […]

Lipid mediators may stop progress of glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness that affects about 80 million people around the world and has no cure. New research takes a look at a naturally occurring molecules known as lipid mediators as a treatment that may potentially stop the progress of glaucoma. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley used both rats and […]

Ocular sealant offers no added benefit for cataract surgery patients

A recent Duke University Eye Center study took a look at the use of hydrogel ocular sealant in cataract patients and whether there was any benefit in its application. The study examined 90 eyes of 45 cataract surgery patients: 45 eyes had the hydrogel ocular sealant applied and 45 eyes did not. Hydrogel ocular sealant […]

Women are #1 in Vision Problems

When it comes to problems with eyes and vision, more women than men are affected and the reason for this disparity is unknown. Worldwide statistics indicate that women account for two-thirds of the visually impaired or blind. In the United States, almost 2.7 million women over the age of 40 have low vision or are […]

3 Ways Costume Contact Lenses can Damage Your Eyes

Thinking about jazzing up your Halloween costume with a pair of costume contact lenses? Decorative contact lenses have the potential of doing serious damage to your vision. Here are four ways they can harm your eyes: Corneal abrasions:┬áSince the contact lenses are not properly fitted and some of the designs could be uneven, the lenses […]

HEALTH ALERT – Costume Contact Lenses are no treat

For Halloween revelers looking to add that finishing touch to their costumes by wearing decorative contact lenses, think again. Those dazzling decorative lenses may contain chlorine and other harmful chemicals that pose a serious threat to vision. Japanese researchers recently published study findings that revealed that several varieties of the over-the-counter lenses contained the potentially […]

Does a drop of blood a day keep the dry eye away?

Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London are testing a therapy for treating dry eye and it involves using the patient’s own blood. The unique technique puts a finger-prick amount of the patient’s blood into the lower eye lid. The results were surprising. Patients saw symptoms including stinging and redness reduced within three days of […]

LED Eyelashes like Poltergeist -Stay away from the light!

The new rage in fashion makeup is LED eyelashes, a thin strip of LED lights that you stick just above your lash-line. Harmless? No. Those nifty LED strips can put your eyes at serious risk for damage. The LED strips do emit UV rays and with the close and constant pressure of the strips being […]

Scientists stumble upon drug to lower brain pressure

Victoza and Trulicity, drugs that are currently used to treat Type II diabetes or obesity, may also help reduce brain pressure. University of Birmingham researchers published in Science Translational Medicine their results from a three-year study. The researchers examined whether Glucagon-Like peptide 1 receptor-1 (GLP-1) agonist drugs could reduce intracranial pressure in rats. Increased brain […]

Broccoli design offers clue to improve retinal implants

Researchers at the University of Oregon are currently exploring the possibility that retinal implants with a fractal design might provide the first viable therapy in treating people who have lost vision due to retinal diseases. Implants that are currently being used have not demonstrated the kind of vision restoration that doctors and patients were looking […]