Archive for February 2016

Glaucoma Screening: Glaucoma patients at risk from downward yoga stances

New study prompts warning that glaucoma patients risk further irreversible nerve damage from head-down yoga poses. ‘Downward-facing dog’ and three other head-down yoga positions raise eye pressure to levels that can further exacerbate optic nerve damage in glaucoma patients, new research finds. The study, by researchers at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount…

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Childrens' Eye Examinations: Undiagnosed hyperopia linked to low literacy levels in young children

Undiagnosed hyperopia significantly affects literacy levels in preschool-age children. Children with undiagnosed hyperopia have significantly lower literacy levels than their peers, according to a new study. Researchers in the US looked at the performance of children aged 4–5 years old in a standard test of early years literacy and compared these results with the outcomes…

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Macular Screening: Cholesterol drugs hold promise for advanced AMD

A currently-prescribed statin has shown promising initial results in patients with hard-to-treat dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a US study has found.Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete monitored 23 patients with dry AMD given 80mg of atorvastatin and recorded improvements in visual acuity, according to the phase I/II trial The results…

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Dry Eye Clinic: Omega-3 supplements could help treat dry eye syndrome

Patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome could benefit from regularly taking omega-3 supplements, according to scientists.  Researchers carried out a study on 105 dry eye patients who were divided into two groups and administered either a course of omega-3 or a safflower oil placebo over a 12-week period. Members of the treatment group showed…

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Myopia Control: Half of the world's population could be myopic by 2050, study finds

Nearly five billion people will become myopic by 2050, affecting 50% of the world’s population, according to a new study.Published in the journal, researchers also estimate that one-fifth of those affected will have a significantly increased risk of blindness, if the current trend continues. This rapid increase in the prevalence of short-sightedness globally would see…

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Myopia Control Clinic: Atropine offers hope for myopia treatment

Low-dose atropine eye drops have emerged as the best treatment for myopic patients. Yet, with the concentration unavailable in the UK, the next best alternative for British patients is orthokeratology.  Aston University optometry lecturer, Dr Janis Orr, said slowing – rather than simply correcting myopia progression was vital for patient health. She emphasised that myopia…

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Specialist Contact Lenses: Smart lenses target glucose monitoring

Creating an electricity-conducting material on a contact lens is the first step towards a smart lens that darkens in warning as its diabetic wearer’s glucose levels drops, a researcher says. University of South Australia associate professor, Dr Drew Evans, was part of the team able to break new ground by synthesising a conductive polymer directly…

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