All Posts in Category: Eye Health

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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New Laser Treatment Can Help Get Rid of Eye Floaters

Written By: Reena Mukamal Reviewed By: Inder Paul Singh, MD Jan. 26, 2018   Millions of Americans who live with annoying spots in their field of vision may soon have a remedy: a laser treatment called YAG vitreolysis. A new study followed 680 patients who underwent this procedure to reduce the symptoms of eye floaters. Ninety-three percent reported significant […]

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Ring of Fire. How to Safely Watch the Great American Eclipse of 2017

Written by: Dan Gudgel for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Jun. 30, 2017 Looking directly at the sun during most parts of an eclipse can permanently damage your vision or blind you. But there are easy ways to view a solar eclipse safely. On Aug. 21, 2017, the entire United States will see a partial eclipse […]

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AcrySof® ReSTOR® Lens

The AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is a breakthrough lens for cataract surgery that lets patients see from near to far, usually without glasses. An innovative optical technology called “apodization” makes the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens uniquely effective, especially when placed in both eyes. A similar technology has been used for years in microscopes and telescopes to improve […]

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PI Laser- Laser Iridotomy

Laser iridotomy is a surgical procedure used to treat angle-closure glaucoma. This laser procedure is also performed in patients who are at risk for angle-closure glaucoma. As with many medical conditions, it is preferable to treat patients at risk and thereby avoid vision loss.  Using a laser, a small hole is made in the iris […]

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