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  • Computer Vision Syndrome

    Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions

    By JANE E. BRODY MAY 30, 2016 .... NEW YORK TIMES
    Credit Paul Rogers
    Jane Brody on health and aging.

    Joanne Reitano is a professor of history at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. She writes wonderful books about the history of the city and state, and has recently been spending many hours — sometimes all day — at her computer to revise her first book, “The Restless City.” But while sitting in front of the screen, she told me, “I developed burning in my eyes that made it very difficult to work.”

  • Take care of your contact lenses!

    Study: Bad hygiene a problem for nearly all contact lens users

    USA TODAY NETWORK Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network 1:41 p.m. EDT August 20, 2015

    If you wear contact lenses, chances are you've slept in them and on occasion forgot to disinfect them.

    Of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the United States; almost everyone is guilty of breaking the rules when it comes to contact care, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Metformin good for Glaucoma

    Taking the medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with reduced risk of developing the sight-threatening disease open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

    Medications that mimic caloric restriction such as metformin can reduce the risk of some late age-onset disease. It is unknown whether these caloric mimetic drugs affect the risk of age-associated eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract or glaucoma.

  • Low Farsightedness at age 6 predicting future nearsightedness????

    Will your kid need glasses? New formula predicts myopia

    Maggie Fox NBC News

    A new study suggests that a child's vision in first grade can predict whether he or she might become nearsighted by middle school.

    Researchers think they’ve come up with a simple formula for predicting which children will need glasses as they hit middle school: measure how farsighted they are in the first grade.

    Their study of more than 4,500 children shows that measuring their vision at around age 6 can predict which kids will become nearsighted by the age of 13.

  • Did you get an e-reader for Christmas?

    How E-books May Disrupt Your Sleep

    By NICHOLAS BAKALAR DECEMBER 22, 2014 3:00 PM December 22, 2014 3:00 pm

    Planning to read in bed tonight? It may be better to read an actual book instead of an e-book reader. A small study has found that reading light-emitting electronic devices before bedtime is a recipe for poor sleep.

  • Observe Eye-Safe Precautions to Protect Eyesight This Fourth of July

    Each year, we honor Independence Day with a dazzling display of fireworks - whether it be right in our own backyards or at a community celebration. Although most families take precautions to protect themselves and their children against the potential dangers of fireworks, thousands still visit the emergency room every year - often with eye injuries.

  • Coming to our Office next month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As described in the Macular Anatomy section, Macular Pigment protects the macula from free-radical damage caused by blue wavelength light. A risk factor for developing AMD is low Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). There is now a device called the Densitometer that measures MPOD, the relative health of your macula. The macula is the sight-sensing center in the back of the eye

  • New technology: Eye cells can be printed by inkjet!

    Researchers in the UK have succeeded in printing adult eye cells using an inkjet printer. The loss of nerve cells in the retina causes many eye diseases that lead to blindness. While early in development, this work can lead to printing a replacement retina for those who have suffered vision loss from these diseases!

    Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25405542

  • You have to be nuts not to eat nuts

    Study Links Nuts To Lower Heart Disease, Cancer Death Risk.
    NBC Nightly News reported, “While they may not be a fountain of youth, the research from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests a handful or so of nuts every day could be a lifesaver.” Researchers at Dana-Farber, Harvard, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that “people who ate one ounce of nuts seven times a week were 20 percent less likely to die from a variety of causes: heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory illness, kidney disease and infection.”

  • Anti - Seizure Medication has ocular side effects!!

    WARNING: RETINAL ABNORMALITIES AND POTENTIAL VISION LOSS

    • POTIGA can cause retinal abnormalities with funduscopic features similar to those
    seen in retinal pigment dystrophies, which are known to result in damage to the
    photoreceptors and vision loss.

    • Some patients with retinal abnormalities have been found to have abnormal visual
    acuity. It is not possible to determine whether POTIGA caused this decreased visual
    acuity, as baseline assessments are not available for these patients.

    • Approximately one third of the patients who had eye examinations performed after

  • Importance of eye exams for diabetics!

    All diabetics should have an eye exam twice a year! This article based on a study from Australia discusses the risk of blindness from diabetes:
    A new report finds that 60 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes will develop eye disease within 20 years of their diagnosis and it will affect all people with Type 1 diabetes.

    If you or someone in your family has diabetes and has not had an eye exam in the last 6 months, call to schedule an exam today!

  • Cataract surgery linked to lower death rate

    Study: Cataract Surgery Linked To Lower Death Risk.
    According to a study published in the September issue of the journal Ophthalmology, patients with cataracts who undergo eye surgery to improve their sight “had a 40 percent lower long-term risk of death than those who did not have surgery,” HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/6) reported. The study “looked at 354 people, 49 and older, in Australia with cataract-related vision loss who underwent an initial assessment between 1992 and 2007 and had follow-up visits five and 10 years after the first exam.”

  • Could a simple diabetic med extend life for all?

    Mouse Study Indicates Metformin May Increase Lifespan.
    USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/30, Weintraub) reports that a study in mice suggests that metformin may increase lifespan “by a number of weeks – the human equivalent of 3-4 years.” According to Rafael de Cabo, a biogerontologist at the National Institute of Aging, who conducted the study, “It’s clear that we are edging toward developing a pharmaceutical intervention that is going to be able to delay or postpone aging,” but “for how much and how long I have no idea.” The findings were published in Nature Communications.

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