Link between Alzheimer’s and eye disease

A recent study found a compelling link between three major eye diseases and Alzheimer’s. And new research supports the benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin for brain health. The study findings were published in the August 8 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The study was conducted by researchers at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Treatment for Damaged Eyes

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a way to activate retinal cells in mice to turn into new neurons. This discovery could potentially lead to new a new treatment for human eyes that have suffered from trauma or disease. A viral gene-swapping technique was used in the study. A version of a particular […]

Eye injections increase glaucoma risk

Patients who receive seven or more Intravitreous eye injections of bevacizumab (Avastin) each year are at a higher risk of eventually needing glaucoma surgery according to study results recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology medical journal. Intravitreous injections are the standard therapy for patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration. Researchers examined data […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Swimming goggles raise intraocular pressure

Researchers recently evaluated the effect that swimming goggles have on intraocular pressure (IOP). Researchers found that swimming goggles caused an acute intraocular pressure elevation. Thirty-five people participated in the cross-sectional study. Researchers performed an Ocular Perfusion Pressure test, Goldman applanation tonometry and measured the Ocular Pulse Amplitude prior, during and after use of the swim […]

Testing blood sugar with a contact lens

For diabetics who must endure blood testing to check their glucose levels, a pain-free method may soon be available in the form of a contact lens. Researchers at the University of Houston published results of a study in the journal Advanced Materials. Armed with the knowledge that glucose is present in blood as well as […]