Ophthalmology

For enjoying a lifetime of healthy eyes, one has to start early

better vision early
Visual impairment and blindness are two conditions affecting a large percentage of population worldwide. Though some of the causes behind these conditions are hereditary, a large number of causes are preventable. Many of these causes can be directly attributed to how we use our eyes during our childhood. According to experts, for enjoying a lifetime of healthy eyes and a good vision, one has to start early in life. Studies have shown that myopia (shortsightedness) is more common in children...

Metastatic Risk of Uveal Melanoma can be predicted by Gene Expression Profiling

Uveal melanoma is a rare form of cancer affecting only 2000 persons in the United States annually. However, once it metastasizes beyond the eye and reaches to other parts of the body like the liver, it becomes difficult to save the person. Now, in a new research, the results of which have been published in the latest online issue of the journal Ophthalmology, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, led by J. William Harbour, have found a novel way of predicting...

Retinopathy may indicate a Decline in Cognitive Brain Function

Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have found that even mild retinopathy in women above the age of 65 is indicative of cognitive decline and related vascular changes in the brain. Therefore, eye screening for retinopathy can be used for early diagnosis and treatment of early cognitive decline, before the condition progresses to dementia. The study has been published in the latest online issue of the journal Neurology. For their study, the researchers examined 511...

Obstruction of Nasolacrimal Duct may lead to Lazy Eye

amblyopia
Around 1.6 percent to 3.6 percent people suffer from “lazy eye”, a condition which in medical terminology is referred to as “Amblyopia.” It results in poor vision and the condition may become permanent, if not corrected with the first 6 to 8 years of life. The child may then have to suffer from a poor sight throughout his life. Amblyopia is associated with several risk factors, one of which is the obstruction of the tear duct or the “nasolacrimal duct.” A new study, published in the Journal of...

Aspirin found to be associated with Macular Degeneration

A new European study has found that people taking aspirin daily are twice more likely to suffer from late stage macular degeneration. Although the study does not say that aspirin is the causal agent, yet there is an association between aspirin consumption and macular degeneration. The study, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal “Ophthalmology”, included 4691 participants who were above the age of 65. The participants were from seven centers in Norway, Estonia, Britain,...

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