20.03.2015
Arthritis drug "shows promise for AMD patients"

A drug commonly used to treat arthritis sufferers may also be effective in tackling dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new report has claimed.Although there are several medications for patients with vision-threatening wet AMD there are no effective treatments for advanced dry AMD, but... Read more


19.03.2015
Diabetes "may not lead to eye disease"

Diabetes sufferers may not necessarily have an increased risk of developing eye disease, despite general medical opinion suggesting so.That is a according to a new study led by Dr Jennifer Sun, at the Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, which claims that diabetes sufferers may even be... Read more


19.03.2015
CRT "increasing in popularity"

The popularity of corneal refractive therapy (CRT) as a means of vision correction is continuing to increase, one source has observed.Rather than wearing glasses or other means of vision correction, people are turning to CRT and seeing almost immediate effects, according to optometrist Russel... Read more


18.03.2015
Low blood pressure "may lead to glaucoma"

Having low diastolic blood pressure may be a risk factor for glaucoma in people suffering from migraine, a new report has suggested.Dr Yury Astakhov, of Pavlov Medical University, St Petersburg, studied how blood pressure levels may be related to the development of glaucoma in people who suffer from... Read more


18.03.2015
Proper fitting "is essential" for contact lenses

It is vital that any contact lenses people wear have been prescribed by professional and have been properly fitted, one specialist has advised.Dr Thomas Steinemann, professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said that many people believe that some lenses do not... Read more


18.03.2015
New eye disease therapies "do not increase heart risk"

A range of new treatments for eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do not appear to increase the risk of heart complications, it has been claimed.According to a new study led by Dr Lesley Curtis, and colleagues at the Duke University School of Medicine, North Carolina,... Read more


16.03.2015
Contact lens wearers "should still have eye exams"

People who wear contact lenses should be aware that they still need to have regular eye exams, one professional has warned.Dr S Barry Eiden, former chairman of the American Optometric Association, said that most people who wear glasses have regular eye checks at the opticians because that is where... Read more


16.03.2015
Deaf people "have super vision"

Deaf people benefit from far better vision then those with five fully-functioning senses, experts have found.For years, it has been suggested that people who have an impaired sense benefit from improvements in others, but until now this has not been explained.However, specialists at the University... Read more


16.03.2015
Nearsightedness rise leads to contact lens demand

The rise in the number of people being diagnosed with nearsightedness in the US has led to a rise in contact lens use, one source has claimed.According to TMCNet, studies show that the rate of nearsightedness diagnoses has soared to 41.6 per cent, leading to Americans spending an annual average of... Read more


13.03.2015
Optometrists speak out on child contact lens wear

Optometrists have spoken out on their feelings about children wearing contact lenses in a new survey.According to a poll by the American Optometric Association (AOA), more than half of optometrists feel that it is appropriate to introduce children to soft contact lenses between the ages of ten and... Read more


13.03.2015
Boys "becoming interested in coloured contact lenses"

The popularity of coloured contact lenses among young men is beginning to rise, it has been claimed.Although majority of purchases of coloured contact lenses are usually made by women, a new survey conducted by the Indian Market Research Bureau has shown that coloured contact lenses are now a... Read more


13.03.2015
New test "can identify river blindness"

A team of experts in the US have developed a new test which they believe can accurately help to diagnose river blindness, or onchocerciasis, a condition which affects 37 million people worldwide.The condition is caused by a parasite which grows in the eye and can be debilitating, but specialists at... Read more


12.03.2015
Blind people "use the visual brain to feel and touch"

People who have been blind from birth use the "visual" part of their brain in order to enhance their sensation of sound and touch, a new study has suggested.Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center in the US claim that blind people use specialised modules in the visual cortex that... Read more


12.03.2015
Human eyes "adapt to suit the environment"

The human eye adapts specifically so that it is best suited to capture the sights around us, according to a new study.Physicists and neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania have linked the cell structure of the retina to the light and dark contrasts of the natural world, which they claim... Read more


12.03.2015
Contact lenses "provide collateral benefits" to children

Children who wear contact lenses for vision correction may have further benefits, according to one sector expert.Dr Christine Sindt, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Iowa, said that improving children"s sight is not... Read more


11.03.2015
Key nutrient "can prevent cataracts"

Experts have found that a key nutrient may be able to prevent cataracts, offering hope to the millions of people worldwide who suffer from the eye condition.Eye specialists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have published research in the American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative... Read more


11.03.2015
Can photoscreening detect lazy eyes?

The largest, longest study of the use of photoscreening to detect amblyopia, or a lazy eye, in children aged six months to six years has found that the process may more effective than any other.Over 147,000 children were screened over a 9 year period in collaboration between the KidSight programme,... Read more


10.03.2015
AMD drugs "have no difference"

There is no difference between leading drugs used to combat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new study.Research carried out by experts from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the VA Boston Healthcare System failed to show a difference in efficacy between... Read more


10.03.2015
Feeding "reduces stress" prior to infant eye exams

Parents can help to reduce the stress experienced by their infants during a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) eye exam if they feed the child beforehand, experts have claimed.In a study published in the Journal of AAPOS, the official publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology... Read more


10.03.2015
Acuvue contact lenses "have multiple benefits"

There are multiple benefits to be had from investing in 1 Day Acuvue contact lenses, one source has stated.In a post on PR Fire, Contact Lenses Express pointed out that those who wear 1 Day Acuvue lenses can benefit from an embedded water-holding element which can help to prevent dryness."The... Read more