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Australian Women Receives World's First Bionic Eye Implant

Australian Women Receives World's First Bionic Eye Implant Researchers from Bionic Vision Australia have successfully performed the first bionic implant of an early prototype in Melbourne. The bionic eye was implanted in a woman who suffers from dramatic vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa. Read More

Cataract Surgery Helps Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Cataract Surgery Helps Reduce Hip Fracture Risk Older people with a diagnosis of cataracts face a lower risk of hip fracture following cataract surgery. The large study, appearing in JAMA, suggests that the vision-improving surgery may reduce the occurrence of injury-related falls. Read More

Older Americans See Debilitating Eyesight Problems Begin to Decline

Older Americans See Debilitating Eyesight Problems Begin to Decline Senior citizens are now reporting fewer eyesight problems than their counterparts from a generation ago, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Improved techniques for cataracts surgery and a reduction in macular degeneration incidence may be the main forces behind this change. Read More

Caffeine May Hold Benefits for Millions of Dry Eye Sufferers

Caffeine May Hold Benefits for Millions of Dry Eye Sufferers Caffeine intake can greatly increase the eye's ability to produce tears, according to researchers at University of Tokyo's School of Medicine. This finding could improve treatment for dry eye syndrome, a condition that affects about four million people aged 50 and older in the United States. Read More

Addressing the Rising Rates of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Addressing the Rising Rates of Age-Related Macular Degeneration As our populations continue to age, the incidence of age-related macular degeneration or AMD is set to rise. AMD, which causes progressive blindness, may already be present in its early stages in 20% of 60 year-olds and those who are older in some countries. While 10 years ago there were hardl... Read More

Light Exposure during Pregnancy Critical for Fetal Eye Development

Light Exposure during Pregnancy Critical for Fetal Eye Development The eye is a structure that depends on light in order to function. It also requires light to develop normally during pregnancy. New research now provides scientists with a basic understanding of fetal eye progression and the ocular conditions caused by vascular problems. Read More

Choosing Between Traditional and Custom Lasik

Choosing Between Traditional and Custom Lasik Lasik eyesight-correction surgery, a phenomenal breakthrough when it was first approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration in 1995, has recently been trumped big-time by the innovation known as wavefront Lasik technology, which is some 25 times more precise than its older cousin. The... Read More

Experimental Treatments Show Promise In the Restoration of Vision

Experimental Treatments Show Promise In the Restoration of Vision A retinal prosthesis and fetal tissue transplant are two experimental treatments that appear to restore partial vision to people with blinding eye diseases. Presented at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, the findings may lead to new treatments for the blind... Read More

LASIK Treatment Can Induce Cornea Clouding

LASIK Treatment Can Induce Cornea Clouding While laser eye surgery typically results in miraculously restored vision, there are some cases in which the very center of the cornea clouds up and actually worsens vision.      That’s the bad news, according to a recent study done by a pair of Los Angeles ophthalmologis... Read More

2 Vision-Correction Surgeries Equally Effective

2 Vision-Correction Surgeries Equally Effective Two laser eye-surgery techniques offer equal success at re-establishing "perfect" 20/20 vision in people with nearsightedness, a recent study shows. The study, which was a review of six high-quality scientific studies, sought to which surgical approach would be superior in terms of the visio... Read More

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