Air pollution a factor in macular degeneration

Study results recently published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine point to a link between air pollutants and an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. This is the first study to show a notable association between macular degeneration and high levels of atmospheric pollution. The study was conducted in Taiwan and involved tracking levels […]

Why are more children becoming nearsighted?

The National Eye Institute is sponsoring a study to determine the effect of red and blue light on children’s vision. The University of Houston College of Optometry has a lab set up and children aged 7 to 14 who are accompanied by a guardian sleep over and are exposed to red and blue lights at […]

Sweat bees inhabit woman’s Eyelid!

A Taiwanese woman came to the emergency room with a painfully swollen eyelid only to discover that she had four sweat bees dwelling under her eyelid. Doctors were startled to find the tiny insects, which are only 3 to 4 mm long. The woman had been visiting a relative’s grave site where she believes the […]

6 Vision Changes You Shouldn’t Ignore

There are many problems associated with the eyes that can be indicators of something far more serious, including cancer, that warrant making an appointment with your eye doctor. In many cases, a routine eye exam can diagnose a major issue with your vision at an early stage. Here are six changes to your eyes that […]

Eye calcifications raise AMD risk

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in collaboration with the Queen’s University Belfast made a breakthrough discovery regarding age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers discovered that calcified nodules in the retina are linked to an increase risk for the progression to advanced AMD. Researchers studied clinical imaging in patients as well as molecular analysis […]

Dry Eye Syndrome Slows Reading Rate

As if dealing with burning, irritated and weepy eyes isn’t enough, dry eye sufferers may also experience a slower reading rate due to the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Researchers at Mount Sinai’s New York Eye and Ear Infirmary recently published their study results in¬†Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers recruited 186 adults aged 50 and […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s greatness due to an eye disorder?

Perhaps if Leonardo da Vinci had access to a good eye doctor, his great skill as an artist may have never developed and the world may have never known his name. A recent examination of da Vinci’s artistic works shed some light on the possibility that the great artist suffered from an eye disorder known […]

Seeing Red? Long-term vision problems linked to Viagra

Researchers have found that a high dose of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) can cause retinal damage on a cellular level resulting in color vision problems. Excessive use of the drug could result in long-term vision problems that are potentially irreversible. Study findings were published in the fall issue of Retinal Cases. A study was conducted based […]

Virtual Reality headset helps AMD patients

With the help of a smartphone, the IrisVision Virtual Reality headset is helping patients who suffer from macular degeneration to be able to enjoy daily tasks. Macular degeneration, causes blurred or no vision in the center of the patient’s visual field making it difficult to distinguish faces, drive and read. The person wears a Virtual […]

Dark Chocolate-Sweet treat for your eyes

Dark chocolate aficionados may have more reason to celebrate their favorite indulgence. A recent study found that the flavanols found in dark chocolate might sharpen eyesight in adults with otherwise healthy vision. Flavanols are already known to have beneficial effects on lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow and stabilizing cholesterol and lipid levels. Researchers wanted […]