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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Consumer Alert – .gov site unreliable source of legitimate drug trials

ClinicalTrials.gov, that the public listing of medical trials on the site is not a list of trials that have been verified as legitimate by the National Institutes of Health. The National Institutes of Health is the agency that operates ClinicalTrials.gov. People tend to assume that any trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov have been carefully screened 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 […]

Some new drugs pose risk to vision

Three immune drugs, Yervoy, Opdivo, and Keytruda, may require warning labels if the FDA decides that there are risks to eye health and vision. Currently, the drugs list “uveitis” as a potential adverse effect, but the FDA has found additional complications including retinal detachment and vision loss in their post-marketing reviews of the drugs. A […]

New drug for Macular Degeneration

Genetech is currently studying a new drug, lampalizumab, to treat age-related macular degeneration. The drug is designed to slow the destruction of light-sensing cells in the retina. When those cells die, they are unable to regenerate, which causes permanent vision loss. 129 patients participated in the 18-month study and received monthly eye injections. The patients […]