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Vision Needs of Gamers

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 9, 2021

If you are of a certain age, you will remember playing video games like Pong, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man. Well, video games have come a long way since those days. Now there are Internet based, multi-player games like Fortnite, League of Legends and Madden NFL. Gamers are a part of a global audience of 281 […]

Two Surprising Links to Glaucoma

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 26, 2021

It has been said many times, you are what you eat. What we eat has a direct effect on our bodies, not just in terms of our weight and cardiovascular health, also in terms of vision. Two studies have shown that caffeine and carbohydrates are linked to the development of glaucoma. A study done at […]

Visual Development

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 12, 2021

It is well known in the medical and scientific fields that newborn babies can’t see very well. Initially, all they can make out are faces. Everything else is a blur. As their eyes grow and brains develop, their vision improves. How does that process take place? Do changes in the process lead to visual impairment? […]

Options for Presbyopia

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 28, 2021

No, the words on paper or the screen have not become smaller over the years. If you are over the age of 40, you like many people, have presbyopia. While presbyopia is a normal part of aging, it can be a pain when a person can’t focus on words on a page or other near […]

Concussion and Vision

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 14, 2021

Imagine this: You are the goalie for your high school soccer team and a ball is headed towards you. Instead of stopping the with your hands, you stop it with your feet and in the process, you fall down. As you move to get up, the other player kicks you in the head and you […]

Glaucoma Bad News Good News

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 31, 2021

Who wants to get glaucoma? I suspect the answer is no one and here’s some bad news on the glaucoma front.Glaucoma can lead to facial recognition impairment. A study reported in the Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses sought to learn the direct association between facial recognition and macular structural damage in glaucoma patients. Macular […]

Stopping Degeneration in its Tracks Part Two

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 17, 2021

GARP2 and GARP1 aren’t the only things that can negatively affect vision. Runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1) can lead to too many blood vessels in the eye, also known as neovascularization. This leads to vision loss in persons with diabetic retinopathy and plays a role in age-related macular degeneration. Anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs […]

Stopping Degeneration in its Tracks Part One

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 3, 2021

Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of rare genetic disorders that leads to the loss of retina cells. Symptoms include difficulty seeing at night or in low light conditions and the loss of peripheral vision. Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that blurs the central vision that you need for reading and driving. Both disorders are […]

Treatment Options for Age Related Macular Degeneration

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 20, 2021

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in persons over the age of 50. If the person has the “wet” variety, treatments include anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs that are injected into the eye and laser treatments. The trouble comes when a person has AMD that is resistant to […]

Technology & The Eye

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 6, 2021

Technology has changed our lives in so many ways. If there wasn’t an Internet, would we be able to do FaceTime, Skype or Zoom calls with co-workers or loved ones during the pandemic? In addition, advances in imaging technology and biometrics has helped in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions. Technology is also […]