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 […]

Be wary if considering stem cell therapy

With stem cell therapy for eye disease being the current trendy news topic, many people are eager to jump the gun and rush into trying it. These therapies are currently being researched and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be safe and effective. Since there are no stem cell therapies […]

Do you know these 2 facts about the Argus Bionic Eye?

The media has been all abuzz about the ‘bionic eye’ and while this is extraordinary technology, it’s not suited for everyone. It’s important to be armed with information regarding the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System because misconceptions are common. Fact 1 – The Argus® II is not an electronic replacement for the whole eye; no […]

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. […]

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 […]

Loss of anti-aging gene may play role in development of AMD

A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience details the findings of Georgetown University Medical Center researchers, which revealed that the loss of an anti-aging gene results in retinal degeneration in mice and might be a contributing factor in the development of age-related macular degeneration. Klotho is the aging-supressor gene and it plays a critical […]

Diagnosing retinitis pigmentosa just became easier

A team of researchers have discovered a key marker in blood and urine that identifies people who carry the DHDDS genetic mutation that is one of the genetic causes of retinitis pigmentosa. This breakthrough discovery means it will be much easier to test children for the disease which affects almost 1 in 4,000 people in […]

Prioritize Your Eyes: May is Healthy Vision Month!

The National Eye Institute urges all Americans to prioritize their eye health during May as part of Healthy Vision Month. The most effective way to take care of your eyes is to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam allows your eye care professional to detect vision problems as well as eye […]

Bionic eye exceeds expectations

The results from the latest study conducted by the makers of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System show that the implant works better than previously thought. The 21 blind patients who participated in the study were able to locate an identify objects and people and some were even able to read when implanted with the […]

Vitreomacular traction treatment now approved for use in Europe

Jetrea, an intravitreal injection therapy which was previously approved by the FDA last October, has now gained approval for use in Europe. Jetrea is the only approved drug therapy used to treat vitreomacular traction (VMT). Vitreomacular traction causes holes in the macula, which then leads to irreversible vision loss. The macula is responsible for central […]