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Posts Tagged ‘Macular Degeneration’

FECD–Rare, But Not Unknown

When it comes to eye diseases, your practice will handle patients who have glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. Those are the big ones that most people worry about and do what they can to avoid or if they do get one of those eye conditions, preserve as much functional vision as possible. That isn’t to […]

Beyond Refraction, Frames and Contacts

When an eye doctor graduates from school most likely he or she will work in a practice that offers primary vision care which includes refraction and dispensing of frames and contact lenses. Still, vision care is more than just having someone behind a phoropter. So, many eye doctors are forgoing the optical dispensary and focusing […]

Macular Degeneration Research Findings

Glaucoma and cataracts get all the news when it comes to visual impairment and blindness. That being said, attention needs to be paid to macular degeneration, since 11 million people in the U.S. and 200 million people worldwide have the disease. It is the leading cause of blindness in those age 65 and over. Researchers […]

Digital Eye Strain

According to The Vision Council, Americans who use digital devices report the following symptoms: • Eye Strain: 32.6 percent • Dry Eyes: 22.7 percent • Headaches: 21.4 percent It is commonplace for many people to look at social media on a smartphone or tablet computer while binge watching a television show on a laptop. We […]

Low Vision & Depression

It is no secret that a greater number of people are experiencing low vision from conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. While these conditions don’t lead to sudden vision loss, they do take their toll. In addition to reduction of mobility and difficulty with near work activities (e.g., reading) vision limiting conditions can […]

Blue Light and Eye Health

It is clear that more and more people are using digital devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers. While these devices can make it easier to work and communicate, not to mention have fun, there is a trade-off to all this convenience. Digital devices can affect eye health. There has been an increase in […]

Anti-VEGFs Produce Good Outcomes

The number of people who will become visually impaired in the U.S. is expected to be 8 million. In addition to that, another 16 million will have difficulty seeing due to refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be corrected with glasses or contacts. In 2015, 3.2 million Americans had vision […]

Keep an Eye on the Business

Today, many doctors are experiencing practice consolidation as smaller practices merge with larger ones. Despite this trend, there are still many optometry practices with single owners and only one or two doctors on staff. For the private practice owner focused on growing and thriving in today’s competitive market, taking advantage of new ideas in medicine, […]

The Future of Eye Health: Stem Cells

    Going to the dentist doesn’t evoke warm and fuzzy feelings. Especially when it comes to wisdom tooth extraction. However, new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows that stem cells from dental pulp can be transformed into corneal cells.     The research was published in the journal STEM CELLS Translational Medicine is good news for those […]

Discovery by UPenn Team Gives Insight into Blinding Retinal Diseases and Hope for Better Understanding and Treatment of Macular Degeneration.

In humans, the fovea, in the center of the retina, is critically important to viewing fine details.  According to new research, although some animals have a similar feature in their eyes, researchers believed the fovea was unique to primates — until now. University of Pennsylvania vision scientists report that dogs, too, have an area of their […]