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Avastin, “Superior to Standard of Care, for treating wet AMD”

According to a paper published in the British Medical Journal, avastin (a drug used to treat bowel cancer) should be prescribed to patients with “the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)”. UK researchers compared lucentis to avastin. To learn more about Avastin and treating wet AMD, please contact us.

Researchers Examine How Diet, Medications Affect Cataract Development

Researchers Examine How Diet, Medications Affect Cataract Development Health Day (6/4/10) reported that according to two published studies a healthy diet helps guard against cataract formation (hazing of the natural crystalline lens of the eye). They also found that some medications affect sensitivity to the sun (antidepressants, diuretics, antibiotics and Naproxen (pain reliever) as well as […]

Early manifestations of macular degeneration may involve modifiable risk factors.

According to a study in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology factors such as smoking and HDL cholesterol have a dramatic effect on AMD. Of those studied who smoked 11 or more packs of cigarettes per week had an increased risk of early AMD by two-thirds and every increase in 5mg/dL increase in HDL […]

Valproic Acid Used to reverse vision loss by Retinitis Pigmentosa

A drug used for epileptic seizures, migraines and bipolar disorder may halt or even reverse the loss of vision created by this retinal disease according to the British Journal of Opthalmology.

Researchers Create 3-Dimensional, Retina-Like Structure

University of California-Irvine researchers have created this retina-like structure out of human embryonic stem cells in hopes that one day it may serve as transplant material for macular degeneration and other diseases of the retina

What is a Stye?

A stye, or hordeolum, is a small bump that can appear on the outside or inside of eyelid developing from an eyelash follicle or an eyelid oil gland that becomes clogged from excess oil, debris or bacteria. Styes can be brought about by increased stress, but can also be a complication of blepharitis (inflammation of […]

Top 5 Ways to Protect Eyes from the Sun

1) Wear Protective eyewear2) Choose Quality sunglasses3) Inspect your sunglasses to assure they are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion4) Wear gray-colored lenses5) Protect Children and teens

UV Eye Safety

We protect our skin with sunscreen, but what about our eyes? There are 3 types of UV radiation UVA, UVB and UVC (UVC poses no threats since it is absorbed by ozone layer). UV rays can damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens. There can be short term and long […]

Glaucoma Risk factors

Glaucoma has been called “The Sneak Thief of Sight” because it slowly causes vision loss without warning signs. It can not be prevented but it can be controlled if diagnosed early. Certain people are at a greater risk than others:1) People over aged 502) Those severely nearsighted3) Individuals with diabetes, hypertension, previous eye surgery or […]

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