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!

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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.”

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