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 […]

Retinal detachment linked to certain antibiotics

Antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones must now carry a warning that the drugs may cause retinal detachment, says the Canadian Health Department. The decision comes after researchers at the University of British Columbia determined that the risk of retinal detachment is five times more likely among patients taking a fluoroquinolone. Researchers had first raised the concern […]

Eye exam saves a life!

A teenage boy’s trip to the ophthalmologist turned out to be a visit that ultimately saved his life. Seeking only a prescription for contact lenses, Nick Myers ended up in an ambulance for emergency treatment for leukemia. The eye doctor first observed that even with glasses, Nick’s best vision was only 20/25 in both eyes […]

Successful use of surgical robot in eye surgery

A patient at the University Hospitals Leuven was the first to be operated on using a surgical robot. The robot used a needle of barely .03 mm to inject a drug into the retinal vein of the patient who suffers from retinal vein occlusion. Researchers are currently studying a procedure known as retinal vein cannulation […]

Stem Cell Therapy of Macular Degeneration May Improve Vision

The results of a small study that involved the use of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived retinal support cells offer hope for a future treatment of macular degeneration. Researchers in Korea injected the hESCs into the eyes of four men with macular degeneration. The goal of the study was not to improve the vision of […]

Eylea approved as diabetic retinopathy treatment

The FDA gave its approval for Eylea to be used in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema. Currently one third of diabetic patients over the age of 40 have some variation of the eye disease. Diabetic retinopathy with macular edema can cause abnormal blood vessels to form on the retina’s […]

Discovery a new gene associated with retinitis pigmentosa

An extensive study of a large Louisiana family with a history of vision issues has resulted in scientists identifying a new gene associated with retinitis pigmentosa. The discovery was made by a team of scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal. […]

Researchers rejoice over revolutionary retinal transplant

A Japanese woman suffering from macular degeneration was the recipient of a successful retinal transplant using her own stem cells. Using skin cells scraped from the woman’s arm, doctor’s grew the replacement retina in a petri dish. The success of this surgery demonstrates the ability of creating genetically identical replacement tissue from a patient’s own […]

Stem cell reservoir found in the human eye

Researchers at the University of Southhampton have discovered stem cells in the human eye that can be changed into photo-receptor cells which may then be implanted into damaged eyes and reverse blindness. These potentially sight-saving cells were discovered in an area of the eye known as the corneal limbus. This discovery will hopefully lead to […]

‘Sticky-trap’ therapy helps treat diabetic retinopathy

Researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada have developed a new therapy called ‘sticky-trap’ to treat diabetic retinopathy. ‘Sticky-trap’ is injected into the eye and the binding component within it attaches to the surface of cells and shuts down the abnormal blood vessels within the eye. Diabetic retinopathy causes vision loss when the extra, […]