Ophthalmology

Lower Self-perception Observed In Children With Amblyopia

TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 -- Children with amblyopia have significantly lower mean peer acceptance and physical competence scores at age 3 to 7 years, according to a study published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Eileen E. Birch, Ph.D., from...
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I'm Up At 5 Blogging In The Dark And What's That Glare In The Upper Left Corner Of My Vision?

Is it some post-cataract-surgery hinkiness?I break my screen-stare and look. It's the moon.The SUPER SNOW MOON — the "largest and brightest" moon of the year.The moon just reached the spot where it shines in my window, and I love its company as...
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Health Tip: Using Eye Makeup

-- Most women use eye makeup, but it does carry some risk, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says. The academy suggests how to use eye makeup safely: Infection-causing bacteria may grow in creamy or liquid eye makeup. So throw any unused eye...
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Primary Care Providers Can Improve Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 -- Screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) in primary care settings has the potential to reach most U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a brief report published online Jan. 31 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Diane M. Gibson,...
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Wild New Study Suggests Blindness May Protect Against Mental Illness

Schizophrenia is a puzzling disorder for medical professionals. It's a mental illness that can be treated but nobody really knows what causes it in the first place, posing a challenge from a preventative standpoint. Nobody knows what signs to look...
Related topics: Medical Research, Blindness, Schizophrenia

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Health Tip: Travel Suggestions For Your Eyes

-- Don't forget to think of your eyes while you're traveling, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says. Here are the academy's suggestions while you're on the road, either for business or pleasure: Bring an extra pair of glasses and contact...

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Why Too Much Dna Repair Can Injure Tissue

Researchers have discovered how overactive DNA repair systems can lead to retinal damage and blindness in mice. A DNA repair enzyme called Aag glycosylase becomes hyperactive, provoking an inflammatory response that produces necrosis, leading to...
Related topics: DNA, Genetics, Medical Research, Blindness, Enzymes

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Another Early-onset Alzheimer's Gene Mutation Found, And Traced Back To Africa

For some of us, they carry the bright blue of our grandfather's eyes. For others they result in the characteristic cleft chin or the familial tendency toward color blindness. But in some families, the genetic mutations handed down from generation to...
Related topics: Alzheimer's Disease, Genetics, Blindness

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Researchers Home In On Genes Linked To Age-related Macular Degeneration

Scientists have zeroed in on genes associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people age 65 and older. These findings provide a more expanded and in-depth picture of the genetic...
Related topics: Medical Research, Genetics, Blindness

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Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

Squirrel monkeys don’t see color like people. But inject their eyeballs with a genetically engineered virus, and they suddenly can perceive a new rainbow. The same trick could someday be used on color-blind people.
Related topics: Blindness, Genetics, Virus, Virology

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I Got Up At 4:30 A.m. So I'd Have Time To Drink A Cup Of Black Coffee Before 5.

Not allowed to drink anything for 4 hours before the appointment. Now, it's 4 minutes after noon, and I'm back home. I've had the cataract surgery on my left eye — my much worse eye — and I'm doing fine.
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Denominator Blindness, Shark Attack Edition

Our discussion (Bloomberg) on how (or not) to use anecdotes had some interesting feedback to it. Not on the underlying concept, which noted that single or rare events should never be used to draw conclusions. But rather, my favorite example...
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Most Students Receiving Spectacles Wear Them At Follow-up

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 -- Three-quarters of students aged 11 to 15 years from government schools in India receiving spectacles wear them at follow-up, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Priya Morjaria, Ph.D., from...
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January 2019 Briefing - Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for January 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that...
Related topics: Medical Research, Food And Drug Administration

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Pinpointing A Cause Of Pigmentary Glaucoma

An international team of researchers has identified a gene responsible for the onset of pigmentary glaucoma, which may lead to new therapies for the condition. It is the first time a cause of the disease has been identified.
Related topics: Glaucoma, Medical Research, Genetics

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Make The Diagnosis: Eye See The Problem Started Years Ago

(MedPage Today) -- A 68-year-old woman went to her ophthalmologist with a concern about a retinal hemorrhage in her eye. She also had blurred vision, lots of floaters, and vision loss, especially in her peripheral vision, in both eyes. Using fundus...

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Ordinarily, I Welcome The Opportunity To Sneeze. Like My Father Before Me, I Love A Good, Loud,...

But these are not normal times. I'm having cataract surgery in 10 days, and the instructions say that, post-surgery, you're not supposed to sneeze. Having researched methods for preventing a sneeze, I understand why sneezing is to be avoided. The...
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Americans Used Less Eye Care In 2014 Versus 2008

FRIDAY, Jan. 25, 2019 -- Americans were less likely to use eye care in 2014 versus 2008 but had decreased difficulty affording eyeglasses from 2014 onward, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Varshini Varadaraj,...
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Retinal Microenvironment In A Dish With Human Stem Cells

Biologists have developed a way to create more-mature models that better mimic the environment in the human retina by creating cells that can be further used to study disease such as glaucoma.
Related topics: Stem Cells, Medical Research, Glaucoma

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New Findings “lend Confidence” To The Idea That Cortical Blindness Eliminates The Risk Of...

Not a single case of schizophrenia has ever been reported in someone who is cortically blind, according to the authors of a new population-wide study into the phenomenon By Emma Young Various visual impairments and abnormalities, such as unusual eye...
Related topics: Blindness, Schizophrenia, Medical Research

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