Age of surgeon does not affect cataract surgery outcome

Should a patient undergoing cataract surgery be concerned if the ophthalmologist performing surgery is advanced in years? Researchers poured over almost 500,000 cataract operations performed in Ontario, Canada between 2009 and 2013 to try and determine if older surgeons performing cataract surgery were linked to a higher incidence of adverse post-operative complications. The cases that […]

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 […]

Which sport causes most eye injuries?

In my practice, you’d be surprised by the answer. And since April is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Sports Safety Month, it’s important to think about protecting your eyes when playing. Now that the March Madness college basketball championship is over (boo hoo for my University of Michigan team), you’ll want to be aware that […]

Basketball is the sport that tops the list for most eye injuries

September is Sports Eye Safety Awareness month and statistics provided by the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission show that basketball tops the list for being the cause of the most eye injuries. The top five on the list are basketball, water/pool activities, guns (air, gas, spring and BB), baseball/softball and football. The National Eye Institute reports […]

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 […]

Details are in the Dilated Eye Exam

While many people dread getting their eyes dilated as part of their complete eye exam, those special eyedrops reveal much about the health of their eyes. When the eyes are dilated, the pupil is widened so that the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye can be more easily observed. A dilated […]

Presidents who had vision problems

It is fairly well known that George Washington suffered from dental problems but did you know that three of our past presidents had vision problems? Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson all suffered from different eye problems. Abraham Lincoln was afflicted with strabismus which is a misalignment of the eyes causing them to point […]

Certain antibiotics linked to retinal detachment

A recent study identifies the antibiotic class of fluoroquinolones as being associated with a higher risk of retinal detachment. Fluoroquinolones include the name brands of Cipro and Levaquin. Fluoroquinolones had been previously identified as being toxic to connective tissue and cartilage and specifically linked to damage to the Achilles tendon and shoulder tendons. Researchers evaluated […]

Eye injections have low risk of retinal detachment

Patients with retinal disease who are treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF injections have a lower incidence of retinal detachment according to a recent study

Gene linked to myopia discovered

Researchers have identified a gene linked to myopia in Caucasian people from varying regions of the world.