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An increasing number of middle-aged Americans are now living with macular degeneration, researchers discover.
People who wear reusable soft contact lenses are 4Xs more likely to develop rare, but serious eye infection, researchers find.
There is no cure for nearsightedness, but medicated eye drops can slow down its progression in children, a new trial finds.
The study tested the effects of eye drops containing a very low dose of the drug atropine — the same medication used to dilate the pupils during an eye exam.
Researchers found that when children with nearsightedness used the drops every day for three years, t...
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world, but surgery can restore vision.
“Unlike many of the other major eye diseases, such as glaucoma or diabetes-related eye disease, cataracts can be easily and painlessly treated by surgery to remove and replace the eye’s lens, restoring sight for most patients,” said
MONDAY, May 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Cases of vision loss and deaths are mounting in an investigation into eye drops contaminated with a rare strain of a drug-resistant bacteria.
In all, four people have died, with one new death now being reported by the U.S. Centers for D...
Months before U.S. health officials warned that tainted eye drops were causing vision loss and even death, a Cleveland woman lost the sight in her eye in a case that puzzled her doctors.
The 72-year-old went to an outpatient eye clinic last November complaining of blurry vision. She was sent to a hospital emergency department from there.
Ophthalmologists evaluated her eye, cultured ...
U.S. regulators inspecting a factory in India that has been linked to contaminated eyedrops have uncovered a laundry list of problems.
An outbreak of eye infections involving products made at the factory stems from exposure to a highly drug-resistant bacteria known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa
People who are blind are better at sensing their own heartbeats, according to a new study that found blindness appears to heighten one's ability to feel signals from the inner body.
Researchers from Sweden and Poland tested this in a study of 36 blind individuals and the same numbe...
Children with autism are less likely than their peers to receive important vision screening despite a high risk for serious eye disorders, researchers report.
Only about 36% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) completed vision screenings during their health checkups,
A drug-resistant bacteria linked to recalled eye drops has now killed three people.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa had led to two additional deaths.
In all, 68 people have become infected in 16 states. ...
A gene-editing experiment that restored the vision of mice might one day be used to treat a major cause of human blindness.
Scientists in China reported they used the CRISPR-based gene-editing technique to bring back vision in mice with retinitis pigmentosa.
Genome editing has previously been used to restore the vision of mice with genetic diseases such as Leber congenital amaurosi...
U.S. Federal health officials have issued recall notices for two more brands of eyedrops.
In the latest round of recalls, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted notices after the companies voluntarily pulled several lots of their eyedrops from the market.
These recalls do not appear to be connected to other recent recalls or an outbreak in drug-resistant infections, the As...
An outbreak of serious bacterial infections in 13 U.S. states linked to use of artificial tears has prompted experts to offer tips for keeping dry eyes safe.
Five of the 58 people infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa had vision loss, and one person died, leading to the recall of EzriCare and Delsam Pharma artificial tears. Some of those sickened also reported lung and urinary tr...
Don't put lip balm on your eyelid, even if you saw it on TikTok.
It's bad for your eyes, according to a Michigan Medicine expert.
The trend first began back in the 2010s, but has seen a resurgence in 2023.
Called “beezin',” because the trend is to use Burt's Bees lip balm in particular, some believe it gets them high, heightens the sensation of being drunk or high, or in...
U.S. health officials are investigating whether a specific brand of over-the-counter eyedrops are behind one death and dozens of bacterial infections in several states.
The infections have not been traced to preservative-free EzriCare Artificial Tears, but a majority of people who became ill reported using the drops, the U.S. Center...
Lasik eye surgery is a common vision-correcting procedure that many Americans view as safe and effective, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now drafted guidance that warns of potential complications.
Although many patients are happy with the results after surgery, the recommended new guidance says complica...
One of the two most common drugs used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) appears better than the other, a new, small study suggests.
Among 106 patients with "wet" age-related macular degeneration, 50% of those treated with aflibercept (Eylea) could be weaned off the drug after one year, compared with only 17% of those treated with bevacizumab (Avastin), researchers found.
Routine eye checks can help ensure seniors know if they're developing any age-related vision issues.
An expert from Baylor College of Medicine spells out what seniors need to know.
"Don't blame vision issues on just aging eyes. Get your eyes checked out because it can be a more serious issue that can be treated," said
In a finding that suggests more Americans than ever are struggling with their sight as they get older, researchers report that nearly 20 million adults have age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Broken down, about 18.3 million people aged 40 and up had an early stage of the condition in 2019, while almost 1.5 million people had late-stage AMD.
"There haven't been many new examin...
Poor sleep may be linked to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, new research suggests.
The study drew on a database of more than 400,000 people to explore links between sleep and vision loss.
Glaucoma is marked by progressive loss of light-sensitive cells in the eye and optic nerve dama...
Eyes may be your window to good health.
Patient Barbara Krupar, a 65-year-old Ohio retiree, learned this firsthand.
Krupar made an appointment with her ophthalmologist after experiencing disturbing vision changes.
Dr. Nicole Bajic detected possible early warning signs of a stroke. She advised Krupar to go to the emergency room immediately to have her head and neck imaged.<...
An experimental gene therapy offers hope for rapid improvement in the night vision of adults who have a congenital form of childhood-onset blindness, researchers report.
In this ongoing clinical trial at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in Phi...
Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.
That's the conclusion of researchers in Taiwan who tracked health data of more than 1.2 million children. The kids were examined at age ...
More than half of sightless children in the United States did not have to lose their vision, according to a new study.
The findings suggest the need to prioritize addressing preventable vision loss in all children in America, said study co-author Dr. Scott Lambert, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University in California.
He recalled the story of a child diagnosed with cat...
Staring at a computer screen endlessly can lead to dry, irritated, tired eyes and headaches.
But there's a quick fix.
Just look away from the screen every 20 minutes. Do this for at least 20 seconds, and look about 20 feet in the distance.
Experts have suggested the 20-20-20 rule for a long time. No...
Although wearing reusable contact lenses is generally safe, it can be associated with a greater risk of a rare eye infection, new British research shows.
In the study, people who wore reusable contact lenses were nearly four times more likely to develop the infection called Acant...
Nerve damage is a common side effect of type 2 diabetes and it might start in the eyes long before the condition is ever diagnosed, new research suggests.
In this study, scientists used neuropathy, or nerve damage, in the eye's cornea as a proxy for the damage to nerves throughout the body.
The study included nearly...
Contact lenses can be indispensable for those with poor vision, but if they aren't properly cleaned and stored you run the risk of serious eye infections, experts say.
Up to one out of every 500 contact lens wearers get such
Farmyard pigs could be the key to restoring sight in people who have lost their vision due to a damaged cornea, a new study reports.
Collagen drawn from pig's skin is being used to create an experimental implant that mimics the human cornea, the outermost transparent layer of the eye.
TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) --- Actor Ashton Kutcher is opening up about dealing with a rare condition called vasculitis that for a time left him seriously disabled.
In an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge,” airing Aug. 14 on National Geographic channel, Kutcher, 44, reveals that “two years ago I had this rare, super rare, form of
Black patients should start screening early for glaucoma, because they have a high risk of vision loss caused by elevated pressure levels inside the eye, researchers say.
A team from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai found that African heritage was an independent risk factor for
When a paintball bursts out of a CO2-powered gun, it can travel nearly 300 feet per second.
Pointed in the direction of a face, that paintball - meant to be used in certain jobs or for entertainment while wearing protective gear - can cause devastating injury to the eye, including ruptur...
Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids' eyes from overexposure to electronic screens, a new nationwide poll shows.
One in 7 respondents said their 3- to 18-year-olds haven't had a vision test in two years. Yet half of respondents acknowledged that screen time has a big imp...
An off-brand medication for diabetic macular edema might prove just as effective in early treatment as its more expensive alternative, potentially saving patients thousands of dollars, new research suggests.
The vision condition is a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes, which can damage bl...
Untreated vision loss may put an older adult at an increased risk for dementia, though it's not clear why, according to a new study.
Researchers found that the likelihood of having some form of cognitive impairment was 137% higher in seniors who had trouble seeing than in those without vision issues. Cognitive impairment is a general term for problems with thinking and memory.
Poor eyesight makes it harder to read and easier to trip. But it can also lead to a misdiagnosis of mild mental decline in older people, according to a new, small study.
That can happen if someone's thinking abilities are assessed using vision-dependent tests, researchers explained.
They noted that as many as 1 in 4 people older than 50 have undiagnosed vision problems such as
As doctors learn more about COVID-19 infection, they are finding that in rare cases, it appears tied to a disturbing eye condition.
Retinal vein occlusion is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina, which cau...
Men, you may be thinking mostly about your performance in the bedroom when you take drugs like Viagra and Cialis, but you might want to be on the lookout for vision problems that can crop up once you start taking them.
In a new study, taking erectile dys...
When people have both chronic dry eye and depression, their eye symptoms may be worse, a new study finds.
Researchers said the exact nature of the link is not clear: Does depression affect the severity of dry eye disease? Or do particularly troublesome eye symptoms feed ...
Keeping your drinking and your weight in check can help protect your sight as you age, experts say.
Moderate to heavy drinking is associated with a higher risk of a sight-threatening condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A poor diet and excess weight can also influence your odds for AMD, the most common cause of blindness in Americans older than 50.
Got dry, itchy eyes?
Working out might help, a new study suggests.
"Instead of having to use eye drops or other alternative treatments, our study aimed to determine if remaining physically active can be an effective preventative measure against dryness," said study co-author Heinz ...
Early diagnosis and care can often stop the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) says.
As part of AMD Awareness Month in February, the society urges people to pay attention to their vision and learn more about AMD.
Injection medications can save the vision of older people with macular degeneration, but the ongoing regimen is taxing. Now a preliminary study raises the possibility that some patients can safely be "weaned off" the treatment.
Researchers found that of just over 100 patients they treated with the eye injections, nearly one-third were able to "pause" the therapy within the first year. And...
Eat right to protect your sight.
That's the advice of the Glaucoma Research Foundation, which offers its recipe for healthier eyes.
Glaucoma is group of eye diseases that cause progressive vision loss through damage to the optic nerve. It is the second-leading cause o...
A condition called "diabetic retinopathy" often threatens the vision of adults with diabetes, but new research suggests that kids with type 2 diabetes may be particularly vulnerable to the vision-robbing complication.
In fact, these kids were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition as children with type 1 diabetes were, the researchers found.
"The new findings emphasize the ...
A weekly dose of deep red light in the morning may protect fading eyesight as people age, U.K. researchers say.
"Using a simple LED device once a week recharges the energy system that has declined in the retina cells, rather like recharging a battery," according to Glen Jeffery, lead author of a small, new study.
In previous work, the researchers found that daily three-minute exposu...
Managing your diabetes can be tough, but your eyes might thank you for it.
Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that damages the retina's blood vessels, often resulting in vision loss and blindness. The condition occurs in more than half of people with diabetes.
It affects nearly 8 million Americans and that number is expected to double by 2050, according to an Ameri...
Midlife vision problems could increase women's risk of depression, new research suggests.
Rates of eye problems and depression rise during midlife, but knowledge about how vision affects depression at that time has been limited. The new study identified a significant link between impaired vision and development of depression.
"Given that the combination of visual impairment and depr...
Cataracts, a common eye disorder that often comes with age, may also be linked to a heightened risk of death from heart disease, new research shows.
Experts stressed that the finding doesn't mean that cataracts somehow cause heart trouble, and the study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect.
"A variety of medical conditions like [high blood pressure], diabetes or smoking have be...
The answer to helping kids with "lazy eye" before it's too late could be a hand-held screening device, a new study suggests.
Amblyopia can't be treated with glasses or contact lenses after a child's vision reaches maturity, and without treatment, it can lead to poor school performance and impairments in depth perception and fine motor skills, doctors say.
"The findings suggest that ...
The "white cane" that many blind people rely on for navigating the world hasn't been upgraded in a century, but researchers are reporting progress on a "robo-cane" they hope will modernize the assistive device.
The prototype cane is equipped with a color 3D camera, sensors and an "on-board" computer designed to guide the user to a desired location -- and avoid any obstacles along...