All Posts in Category: Eye Health

Halloween Hazard: Never Buy Decorative Contact Lenses Without a Prescription

Written By: Dan T. Gudgel Reviewed By: Thomas L Steinemann MD Sep. 14, 2018 Just 10 hours after she first put in a pair of colored contact lenses that she’d bought at a souvenir shop, Laura Butler of Parkersburg, W.Va., had “extreme pain in both eyes,” she said. “Because I had not been properly fitted by an […]

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Artificial Intelligence Trends in Eye Care

Written By: Reena Mukamal Reviewed By: Rahul Khurana MD Aug. 22, 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more common for screening, diagnosing and helping treat eye conditions. The technology already is used in online search engines, speech recognition tools and other smart devices. Now, AI is showing promise in healthcare. Massive amounts of data and growing computing […]

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New Technology Helps the Legally Blind Be More Independent

Written By: Celia Vimont Reviewed By: Elad Moisseiev, MD Oct. 31, 2016 A new portable device that attaches to glasses and can recognize print, money, products and faces may help people with low vision, a new study suggests. The device, called OrCam, uses a miniature camera that deciphers text and “reads” it to a person through an […]

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No, Blue Light From Your Smartphone Is Not Blinding You

Written By: Dan T. Gudgel Reviewed By: Sunir Garg, MD, FACS and Janet R. Sparrow, PhD Aug. 20, 2018 Blue light from electronic screens is not making you blind. A recently released study has been creating both concern in the public and alarmist headlines from news outlets worldwide. But experts are cautioning that the news reports are leaping to unfounded conclusions […]

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What is Avastin and what happens during treatment?

Avastin® is a drug used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also used to treat diabetic eye disease and other problems of the retina. It is injected into the eye to help slow vision loss from these diseases. Avastin is the brand name for the drug, which is called bevacizumab. It blocks the growth […]

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What to Expect When Your Eyes Are Dilated

Written By: Kierstan Boyd Reviewed By: Brenda Pagan-Duran MD Sep. 01, 2017 Your eye doctor will put a small amount of dilating eye drops into each of your eyes. It usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes for your pupils to fully open. Light-colored eyes (such as blue, green or hazel) will dilate faster than brown eyes. While your […]

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New Over-the-Counter Eye-Whitening Drop Hits Store Shelves

Written By: Celia Vimont Reviewed By: Laurie Gray Barber MD, Rebecca J Taylor MD Jul. 31, 2018 New over-the-counter eye whitening drops may have some advantages over older drops, such as Visine, but ophthalmologists caution that any whitening drops can mask symptoms of serious disease. Lumify was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2017, and started […]

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Is Your Laser Pointer Dangerous Enough to Cause Eye Injury?

Written By: Ari Soglin Edited By: Dan Gudgel Jun. 22, 2018 The greater a laser pointer’s output power, the more likely it will cause serious eye injuries, burn skin and temporarily — or permanently — impair the vision of pilots, drivers or bystanders. That much is clear. But judging the safety of that laser pointer in your desk […]

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Adjustable IOL Could Help Some Ditch Their Glasses After Cataract Surgery

Written By: Susanne Medeiros Feb. 16, 2018 Many people who have cataract surgery still need glasses after the sight-saving procedure. But a new kind of artificial lens could help more people be free of glasses after cataract surgery. It’s called the light-adjustable intraocular lens or RxLAL. An intraocular lens (or IOL) is a tiny, artificial lens for the eye. […]

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Eyeglasses May One Day Treat Glaucoma

Written By: Celia Vimont Reviewed By: Michael D Greenwood, Iqbal K Ahmed MD Jan. 18, 2018 Someday it may be possible to treat glaucoma by wearing a special pair of glasses outfitted with an electromagnetic coil. These glasses, developed by Bionode, are currently being tested. This device might be able to treat glaucoma without eyedrops, according to researcher Ike […]

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