GA therapy demonstrates continuous, sustained effects of pegcetacoplan over time

IOLs introduced into the US market during the last 2 years offer cataract surgeons an almost dizzying array of options for pseudophakic correction, said Priyanka Sood, MD. Sood described the technologies and offered insights shared with her by colleagues who had experience with the various lenses. At bottom, there are pros and cons to consider […]

APOE gene linked to Alzheimer’s may prevent retinal ganglion cell death

Research led by scientists at Mass Eye and Ear and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, member hospitals of Mass General Brigham, uncovers the role that a genetic variant linked with Alzheimer’s disease, APOE4, plays in protecting against glaucoma. According to a news release from Mass Ear and Eye, in the study published August 16 in Immunity,1 […]

Sight Sciences releases long-term safety, efficacy data of standalone use of surgical system in patients with open angle glaucoma

Sight Sciences Inc. today announced 36-month post-surgery follow-up results of its surgical system (Omni). The data demonstrates that the OMNI Surgical System delivers safe, consistent, and durable results in adult patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) on a standalone basis. According to the company, the study showed that canaloplasty followed by trabeculotomy using the surgical system […]

Eye doctors receiving even small payments from drug companies more likely to prescribe name-brand eyedrops

In a study that examined the prescribing patterns among thousands of American ophthalmologists and optometrists, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine concluded that eye doctors who receive even small financial incentives from pharmaceutical companies, such as free food, sponsored travel to attend meetings or consulting fees, are up to twice as likely to […]

Bridging Knowledge Gaps Regarding Biosimilars in the Treatment of Retinal Disorders

Carl D. Regillo, MD: Biosimilars have been around for a few years in medicine, but then again, they are new to us. Are you concerned about knowledge gaps? Are you concerned about the retina specialists not understanding what a biosimilar is and how it’s tested? Any concerns? Jennifer I. Lim, MD: Until I started delving […]

Retina may provide clues to the severity of multiple sclerosis

Assessing the severity of multiple sclerosis (MS) is key as physicians seek a course of treatment for patients diagnosed with this disease, but it can prove to be challenging with existing methods. A study by a team at the Medical University of Vienna is highlighting how the retina can be used as a prognostic marker. […]

Connecticut ophthalmologist pleads guilty in health care fraud scheme

A Connecticut doctor pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to receiving kickbacks in exchange for ordering medically unnecessary brain scans. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Donald Salzberg, MD, 67, of Avon, Conn., pleaded guilty before U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock […]

Benefits Of Laser Eye Surgery

Laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, better known by its initials, LASIK, is a popular eye procedure that permanently corrects deformations of your corneas to allow you to see clearly. To check whether you will benefit from LASIK laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis surgery to correct your presbyopia, try wearing only a single contact lens, known as monovision. Lasik […]

What Is Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)?

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a form of eye surgery used to correct eye refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. PRK, sometimes also called superficial LASIK, is the original form of laser eye surgery. PRK is a type of laser eye surgery, similar to LASIK, that treats vision problems by changing the […]

Changes in the retina may be linked to parts of the brain of healthy individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s

In subjects who are cognitively healthy but have a high genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s, correlations have been demonstrated between the retina and various brain structures which suffer changes as a result of the disease, such as the entorhinal cortex, the lingual gyrus and the hippocampus. This is the main conclusion of a study1 led […]

Researchers make progress toward a stem cell–based therapy for blindness

What if, in people with blinding retinal disorders, one could simply introduce into the retina healthy photoreceptor cells derived in a dish from stem cells, and restore sight? According to a news release form the University of Pennsylvania, it is a straightforward strategy to curing blindness, yet the approach has been met with a number […]

Giving a new look at the ocular surface after CXL and PRK

An international team of surgeons, led by Farhad Hafezi, MD, PhD, developed a more effective way to control pain and inflammation after photorefractive keratotomy (PRK), Trans-PRK, or corneal cross-linking (CXL) using concomitantly administered topical steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dr. Hafezi is from Laboratory for Ocular Cell Biology, Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular […]

Identifying possible herpes simplex virus in patients undergoing keratoconus CXL treatment

Reviewed by David R. Hardten, MD Nothing is perfect, and although corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) to treat keratoconus is safe and stops the progression of disease, infections can occur. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) keratitis is one possibility, according to David R. Hardten, MD, from the Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minnetonka, who suggested that most cases […]

Alternative delivery of glaucoma medications more than a dream

Reviewed by Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD Glaucoma physicians are on the verge of stepping into the future with the development of alternative delivery methods of glaucoma medications underway, according to Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD, a glaucoma specialist at Advanced Vision Care and an adjunct assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute […]

Artificial tear therapy for dry eye disease not quite as simple as it seems

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month, and as a result I have reflected on the most meaningful ways that we, as eyecare providers, can help our patients who suffer from this condition. Most would agree that therapeutic regimens for this chronic issue should be layered, starting with over-the-counter (OTC) solutions and expanding, when necessary, to […]

Tools developed to identify risk of vision loss to diabetic retinopathy

Reviewed by Bobeck S. Modjtahedi, MD Investigators from Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Eye Monitoring Center and Department of Research and Evaluation reported the accuracy of a new tool for predicting the 3-year risk of vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (VTDR) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Speaking at the American Society of Retinal Specialists 2022 annual […]

Blinding eye disease linked with heart disease and stroke

Patients with a specific form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the United States, are at significant risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to new research from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. This study, published in the July issue of Retina, is the first to […]

Does Insurance Cover Lasik?

LASIK is considered a cosmetic surgery, and any insurance coverage would vary depending on whether or not a monthly premium is earmarked for coverage of the procedure. Because LASIK is an elective procedure rather than an essential one, it is highly unlikely that insurers will cover its entire cost; however, there are financing options available […]

Difference maps key to slowing keratoconus in patients

Reviewed by William B. Trattler, MD Keratoconus is a progressive disease that leads to steep and irregular shaped corneas with loss of best-corrected vison, and its progression can occur at any age. Although disease progression is usually more likely and rapid in children and young adults, it also can occur in patients in their 50s, […]

“Brain bleeds” in babies’ first year can lead to long-term sight problems

Severe “brain bleeds” experienced by some babies in the first year following their birth lead to long-term sight problems, researchers at the University of Bristol have found as part of a 10-year follow-up study. The study, published in the journal Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, reviewed 32 children who had detailed assessments at 10- to 11-years-old […]

Putting the eye to the grindstone

Reviewed by Andreas F. Borkenstein, MD Refinement of a procedure to remove residual cortical material adjacent to the posterior lens capsule during cataract surgery without need for additional instrumentation seems safe and highly effective in the first cases in which it was performed, according to Andreas F. Borkenstein, MD, who is in private practice in […]

New deep learning model helps the automated screening of common eye disorders

A new deep learning (DL) model that can identify disease-related features from images of eyes has been unveiled by a group of investigators from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. According to the university, this ‘lightweight’ DL model can be trained with a small number of images, even ones with a high-degree of noise, and is […]

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month

Dry eye disease (DED) continues to be a difficult problem for patients whose eyes do not provide adequate lubrication. The discomfort that results from dry eyes may affect vision, and if left untreated, the National Eye Institute (NEI), noted that it can damage the cornea. Prevent Blindness has declared July as “Dry Eye Awareness Month” […]

When it comes to ADHD and ASD, the eyes could reveal all

It is frequently said that ‘the eyes tell it all’, but regardless of what their outward expression may be, the eyes also could signal neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD according to research from Flinders University and the University of South Australia. In what is considered by the University of South Australia as the first study of its […]

Researchers discover glaucoma and chronic kidney disease have more in common than what meets the eye

A team of investigators from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS Medicine) has found that there is a bidirectional association between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and glaucoma. This is possibly due to underlying common risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension. CKD involves the gradual loss of […]

Children with vision impairment more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety

A study by Orbis International found that children with myopia experienced significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety than their peers without vision impairment. In addition, findings indicated that surgery to correct strabismus significantly improved symptoms of depression and anxiety in children. The study, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Ophthalmology, builds our understanding of […]

Therapeutic options can treat meibomian gland dysfunction

By Doina Gherghel, MD, PhD, MEd; Jeffrey Gemi, MD; Gustavo De Moraes, MD, PhD, MPH Although the existence of the meibomian glands (MGs) was first recognized in 200 AD by Galen,1 their obstructive pathology was only first mentioned in 1977 by McCulley and Sciallis2 and named meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) by Korb and Henriquez in […]

Investigators uncover link between eye health, diet and lifespan

A team of investigators at the Buck Institute have unveiled a link between eye health, diet, circadian rhythms and lifespan in Drosophila. According to a news release from Buck Institute, the study was published in a recent issue of Nature.1 The news release noted that previous studies have shown in humans that there is an […]

Australian scientists conduct stem cell research unveiling a detailed genetic roadmap of glaucoma

Stem cell research that has unveiled a detailed genetic roadmap of glaucoma – the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness – will help scientists develop new drugs to combat the disease by identifying potential target areas to stall or reverse vision loss. The research, one of the largest and most detailed stem cell modelling studies […]

NIH researchers discover new genetic eye disease

A new disease that affects the macula has been identified by a team of researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI). According to a National Institutes of Health news release, scientists have reported their findings on the novel macular dystrophy, which is yet to be named, in JAMA Ophthalmology.1 NEI is part of the National […]

Investigators unlocking mysteries of cell-based therapies

For some time, cell-based therapies have been viewed as an alternative treatment option for patients with a range of diseases caused by tissue failure, including corneal blindness. These therapies have shown great promise in theory, but when put into practice have offered limited clinical success in many applications due to low cell viability after injection, […]

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A surprise in the eye: long-lived T cells patrol the cornea

Live-cell imaging of the eye’s transparent cornea has revealed a surprising resident — specialized immune cells that circle the tissue, ready to attack pathogens. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Smartphone gaming induces dry eye symptoms and reduces blinking in school-aged children

Smartphone use by children is rising rapidly, but its ocular surface impact is unknown. This study examined the effect of smartphone use on blinking, symptoms, and tear function in children. READ FULL STUDY HERE.

The 4 best vitamins for eye health and which foods — besides carrots — may improve vision

Your eyes need a crucial balance of vitamins to keep your vision at its best, particularly as you grow older. If you don’t get enough of some vitamins like A and B12, you may be more likely to develop eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and even blindness. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Research Confirms Benefit of Supplements for Slowing Vision Loss From AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that can blur your central vision. It is quite common in the U.S., especially among older, white Americans, making it the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. In addition to regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, supplements can […]

Study: Artificial intelligence screenings improve eye care access in sub-Saharan Africa

The research from eye care nonprofit Orbis International focuses on diabetic retinopathy in Rwanda, where associated vision complications from diabetes are growing. READ FULL ARTICLE

Life after death for the human eye

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research. … Source link

Retinal cell map could advance precise therapies for blinding diseases

Researchers have identified distinct differences among the cells comprising a tissue in the retina that is vital to human visual perception. The scientists from the National Eye Institute (NEI)… Source link

NEI researchers discover cellular events that precede neurodegenerative eye disease

Molecular and cellular changes in rod photoreceptors are detectable in a mouse model of retinal degeneration several days prior to observable morphological changes, according to researchers at the… Source link

Ophthalmologists are Making a Difference in the Fight Against Climate Change

In 2018, an 82-year-old woman experienced mild pain after eye surgery, so her ophthalmologist applied some ointment to ease her discomfort. Instead of throwing away the tube of medication as hospital policy required,… Source link

Vision improvement is long-lasting with treatment for blinding blood vessel condition

New research shows that a treatment for retinal vein occlusion yields long-lasting vision gains, with visual acuity remaining significantly above baseline at five years. However, many patients… Source link

How Do Our Eyes Stay Focused on What We Reach For? Researchers Uncover How Our Gaze is “Anchored” in the Brain

Keeping our eyes focused on what we reach for, whether it be an item at the grocery store or a ground ball on the baseball field, may appear seamless, but, in fact, is due to a complex neurological… Source link

Scientists unveil the format of working memory

A team of scientists has discovered how working memory is “formatted”—a finding that enhances our understanding of how visual memories are stored. “For decades researchers have wondered… Source link

Ultrasound Gave Us Our First Baby Pictures. Can It Also Help the Blind See?

Research funded by the National Eye Institute and led by a team at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is exploring a… Source link

New UCI-led study lays foundation for establishing base editing as a one-time, durable treatment for inherited retinal degeneration

A new University of California, Irvine-led study indicates base editing may provide long-lasting retinal protection and prevent vision deterioration in patients with inherited retinal degeneration,… Source link

Scientists pinpoint what makes brain cells develop in a specific order

Researchers have identified the complete series of 10 factors that regulate the development of brain cell types in the visual system of fruit flies—including in what order these neurons develop…. Source link

Decoding the molecular clock that controls neurogenesis in the visual center of Drosophila

The nervous system is made up of diverse cells that arise from progenitors in a specific time-dependent pattern. In a new study, published in Nature Communications, researchers have uncovered the… Source link

Correcting night blindness in dogs

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a gene therapy that restores dim-light vision in dogs with a congenital form of night blindness, offering hope for treating a similar condition… Source link

Links Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) for Small Molecules

NIH Program offers path from basic science to clinical testing and regulatory approval The road from discovering a potential drug to getting… Source link

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