Eye Care Updates

Contacts
8Sep, 2016

“SMART” CONTACTS

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One of the ways that ophthalmologists assess glaucoma patients’ risk of blindness is to monitor their “intraocular pressure” (inner eye pressure), which can rise high enough to damage their optic nerves. Such is the case with patients suffering from “open-angle glaucoma,” which accounts for about 90% of all cases. With this most common form of glaucoma, the eyes’ drainage canals become blocked over time, causing an increase of intraocular pressure and any resultant optic-nerve damage. With all this in mind, it is quite notable that researchers have recently developed a […]
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DOGGED DETERMINATION
22Jun, 2016

DOGGED DETERMINATION

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There is little question that the ancient Indian practice of yoga provides a host of physical and mental health benefits to its practitioners. However, as with many potentially strenuous activities, those devoted to this popular form of exercise must be aware of the potential for yoga to do harm. According to new research, the “downward dog” position in yoga was found to increase “intraocular pressure” (the fluid pressure inside the eye), which is a risk factor for glaucoma. Reducing elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is also the only known way to prevent or slow the progression of […]
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bi-section of eyeball
18Feb, 2016

NEW TREATMENT FOR DIABETIC EYE DISEASE

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"Proliferative diabetic retinopathy” (PDR), which is responsible for 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness in the United States annually, is a diabetes-related disorder involving progressive damage to the retina caused by leaky blood vessels. ...ranibizumab injections could be the first new treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy in many years.
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research
16Feb, 2016

NEW TREATMENT FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION?

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Because “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 years and older, any information about a potential new treatment is welcomed. As a starting point in searching for new ways to treat AMD, researchers noted that people with highly pigmented and darker-colored eyes are less prone to developing AMD and more likely to have higher levels of a chemical called L-DOPA, which is prescribed to Parkinson’s patients (who have low levels of this dopamine precursor in their brains). When researchers examined […]
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1May, 2015

KEEPING AN EYE ON DIABETES

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If diabetics allow chronic high glucose levels to damage small blood vessels in their retinas, they can develop “diabetic retinopathy.” While the condition generally causes no symptoms in its early stage, it can eventually lead to blurry vision, floaters, flashes of light in the peripheral area of vision, and even sudden blindness in one eye. To prevent these unwanted outcomes, those with diabetes are strongly urged to control their blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure and get regular eye exams. It is also important that the eye doctor monitor the development of “diabetic macular edema,” […]
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