World Health Day – April 7

World Health Day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization. Established in 1950 this event has a theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue. The WHO puts together regional, local, and international events on this day related to that theme. Local governments also tend…

HIV Drugs May Fight Geographic Atrophy

Some of the same antiretroviral drugs that brought hope into the lives of HIV-infected patients might now be poised to do the same for a completely new group: people who are slowly going blind from retinal geographic atrophy (GA). A multinational research team recently published a report on this intriguing and potentially revolutionary therapeutic approach,1…

Woman Becomes First British Person To Receive Stem Cell Treatment For Most Common Form Of Blindness

A woman has become the first person in the UK to receive treatment using stem cells for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of blindness. The procedure was carried out by surgeons at Moorfields eye hospital in London, following research by scientists at University College London. A further nine patients will be treated over…

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Association Between Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D Levels and Age-Related Cataracts.

Purpose To investigate associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and age-related cataracts. Setting Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Korea, South Korea. Design Observational cross-sectional study. Methods Participants aged 40 years or older in the fourth (2008 to 2009) and fifth (2010 to 2012) Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) had evaluation…

Increased Cataract-Related Complications Seen In Previously Injected Eyes

Retrospective analysis of Duke Eye Center records and U.S. Medicare claims data showed a higher rate of cataract surgery-related complications in eyes that previously underwent intravitreal injections. The Duke study identified 197 eyes with history of prior intravitreal injection in 10,105 cataract surgeries performed, and compared them with an equal number of control eyes, matched…

Association between Smoking and Uvetis

Association between Smoking and Uvetis: Results from the Pacific Ocular Inflammation Study. PURPOSE: To assess whether cigarette smoking is associated with the development of uveitis in a population-based setting. DESIGN: Retrospective, population-based, case-control study. PARTICIPANTS: Patients aged ≥ 18 years who were seen at a Kaiser Permanente Hawaii clinic between January 1, 2006, and December…

Amlodipine, Marginal Pupil Dilation Correlation Explored in Research

Amlodipine, Marginal Pupil Dilation Correlation Explored in Research Iris-dilating rings may be needed in certain cases to enlarge pupil, ease cataract surgery Instillation of a calcium channel blocker, amlodipine (Norvasc, Pfizer), into the eye may complicate phacoemulsification by causing marginal dilation of the pupil. In such cases, pupil-dilating devices may facilitate cataract removal, said Matthew…

Cataract Surgery in Patients with Bilateral Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Cataract Surgery in Patients with Bilateral Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration Measurement of visual acuity and quality of life PURPOSE: To measure the change in visual acuity and vision-related quality of life in patients with both age-related cataract and bilateral age-related macular degeneration (AMD) after cataract surgery. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiao…

Tyrogenex Studies Oral Treatment for Wet AMD

Tyrogenex studies oral treatment for wet AMD. Tyrogenex (West Palm Beach, FL) said it has initiated a phase 2 clinical trial for its X-82 anti-VEGF/anti-PDGF oral therapy for patients previously treated for wet AMD. The 132-patient, 52-week “APEX” study, to be conducted at 20 US and five UK sites, has dual endpoints of improved visual…

Stem Cell Injection May Reverse AMD Vision Loss

Stem Cell Injection May Reverse AMD Vision Loss An injection of stem cells into the eye may soon slow or reverse the effects of early-stage age-related macular degeneration, according to new research from scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. Currently, there is no treatment that slows the progression of the disease, which is…

Evolution of Cataract Surgery

Who developed the techniques that changed the way we treat patients who have cataracts? Cataract surgery, as we know it today, has become a fairly simple procedure for patients that often requires less than 15 minutes and minimal recovery time. But, like most other surgeries, it hasn’t always been this way, says Andrew Lam, MD,…

Research Links Statin Use Cataract Development

Researchers found strong evidence of a link between cataracts and statin use, according to a recent article in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Data from the British Columbia Ministry of Health databases from 2000-2007, which matched 162,501 cases with 650,004 controls, showed a 27% increased risk of developing cataracts requiring surgical intervention. Another patient cohort…