Taking a look at diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics can develop an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high blood sugar. The damaged blood vessels either swell and leak or they close up preventing blood from passing through. In some case, abnormal blood vessels grown on the retina. Any of […]

Fruit fly eyes helpful in understanding human blindness

Scientists have long understood that blue light will make fruit flies go blind but had been unable to determine why. A recent Purdue University study revealed how blue light kills cells in the eyes of the fruit fly and opens up the possibility of further understanding human eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Researchers compared […]

5 Steps to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetics are more prone to developing particular eye diseases, which include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. There are steps, however, that can help preserve vision and lessen the likelihood of developing these diseases. Comprehensive dilated eye exams:¬† Every year, diabetic patients should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This allows your ophthalmologist to start treatment […]

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 […]

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:¬†Since 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 […]