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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smoking
9Aug, 2016

SMOKING’S EFFECT SIMILAR TO GLAUCOMA

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As if anyone needed another reason to give up the smoking habit, new research suggests that smoking damages the eyes in a way that resembles the effects of the early stages of glaucoma. In particular, researchers focused on smoking’s effect on the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), which collects visual impulses from “photoreceptors” (light-sensitive cells known as “rods” and “cones”) and ganglion cells in the retina and transmits these impulses to the optic nerve. The RNFL of smokers who had smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for […]
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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
29Oct, 2015

DIABETIC EYE DISEASE

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“Diabetic eye disease” refers to a group of eye problems. These include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and blindness. Diabetic individuals with proliferative retinopathy can reduce their risk of blindness by 95 percent with timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care.
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