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Can Fish Oil Help Dry Eye?

Written By: Celia Vimont Reviewed By: Rebecca J Taylor MD Oct. 28, 2016 While artificial tears or ointments are a common treatment for dry eye, studies suggest consuming omega-3 fatty acid supplements may also provide relief. Omega-3 oils appear to improve function in the eye’s meibomian glands, which produce the oily part of tears. Improved function of those glands […]

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Retina Scan May Give Early Warning of Alzheimer’s Disease

Written By: Kate Rauch Reviewed By: Sunir J Garg MD FACS Sep. 28, 2018 A new study shows that an eye scan may be a relatively easy, inexpensive way to test for early Alzheimer’s disease. The study builds on research showing that closely examining the retina might help detect Alzheimer’s in its early stages. The retina is made up of […]

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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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