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Drivers with Glaucoma at an increased risk for Car Accidents

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:32:38 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted in Japan found that people with glaucoma had around twice as many accidents compared to a person with normal vision when using a driving simulator. The study results were presented today at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which this year has been joined with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Around 2.7 million Americans over the age 40 have glaucoma. Many people may not be aware that they have the disease because the vision loss is gradual and painless. Left untreated, the person can become blind. First they lose peripheral vision, but eventually the optic nerve can become damaged.

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Smoking Cigarettes may increase risk for Cataracts

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 03:47:23 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from China found that smoking cigarettes increases a person’s risk for developing age-related cataracts. The study, “Smoking and Risk of Age-related Cataract: A Meta-analysis,” was published in journal of Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

The researchers conducted a meta-analysis to determine the associated risk of smoking and age-related cataracts. They investigated 12 cohorts and 8 case-control studies conducted in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. They compared the rate of age-related cataracts in people who ever smoked cigarettes in their lifetime to those who never smoked. The researchers also evaluated if they were a current or a past smoker, and the three subtypes of age-related cataracts.

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'Koff & Kold' and 'Kold Sore' sprays recalled for Safety Concerns

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:28:31 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Wholistic Herbs Inc.’s “Koff & Kold” and “Kold Sore” spray products because they have not been properly tested for safety. There is a danger of the products being non-sterile, which could cause infections in the eyes or nose. The eye product could cause vision loss in some cases.

The Kold Sore product is used for the eyes to treat dry eye or pink eye, while the Koff & Kold product is used in the nose and throat for treatments of colds, flu, cough, stuffy nose, or a sinus infection.

The FDA found several labeling problems with the products during a routine inspection.

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Nearsightedness Myopia Gene discovered could lead to New Treatments

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 21:04:34 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Having to wear glasses to see better might become obsolete because researchers have found a gene that is associated with nearsightedness. Developing gene therapies could treat the vision problem suggests scientists. In nearsightedness, a person can see near but will have blurry vision when looking at far distances. The researchers reported their findings about the genes related to myopia vision loss in the online September 12th Nature Genetics publication.

Researchers found that Caucasian from Dutch, British and Australian regions had a specific gene that were related to developing nearsightedness or myopia. Most cases of myopia is mild, but in some severe cases it can lead to blindness. Lead author Terri Young, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, pediatrics, and medicine, and a researcher in the Center for Human Genetics at Duke said that the eye is a good candidate for developing gene therapies because of the small contained area. The gene therapy would be easier to retain in the eye area and would also be easier to study results in an noninvasive way.

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Diabetic Retinopathy – Two Therapies could slow down Eye Disease Blindness

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:25:44 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Eye Study, which was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, have found two therapies that might slow down the progression of diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease is the most common reason for working adults to go blind or having significant vision loss in America. The study results were published in the June 29th online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and will also be presented at the 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

The ACCORD study included 10,251 adults with type 2 diabetes who were at especially high risk for heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death. The study looked into three different intensive treatment plans that were being tested to lower the risk for cardiovascular risk factors caused by diabetes. They had a subgroup involved in the Eye Study which included 2,856 participants from the ACCORD study which they documented the diabetic retinopathy progression over a four year time period.

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The Advantages of PRELEX Cataract Procedures

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 23:22:57 +0000

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Cataracts are a serious medical problem that will affect four out of ten adults over the age of 60, and almost 70% of adults over the age of 75. Cataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye, can result in impaired vision and even blindness.

The PRELEX Procedure

One of the surgical procedures used to treat cataracts is Presbyopic Lens Exchange, or PRELEX. In this procedure, a small incision is made in the eye, the diseased lens is removed, and an artificial, intra-ocular lens (IOL) is replaced.

Why PRELEX for Cataracts?

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LASIK and Athletes

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 23:20:21 +0000

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If you are an athlete, you already know the highly important role sharp eyesight plays in your performance.

Ironically, that important role is what makes LASIK surgery both so exciting and so intimidating for athletes. After all, following LASIK, an athlete generally stands to improve his or her visual performance substantially without the need for glasses or contact lenses. But complications from the surgery certainly could pose a problem as well.

The good news is that with the development of Custom LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures, more athletes than ever are turning to these procedures without the fear and hesitation of the past. In fact, professional athletes like Tiger Woods have emerged as big proponents of what LASIK can do for your athletic performance.

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Epi-LASIK: A New Solution for Refractive Procedures

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 21:08:41 +0000

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When most of us think of corrective eye surgery, we think of LASIK. As the most established refractive procedure, LASIK continues to be a popular choice, but ophthalmologists have also developed similar yet refined ways to address corneal imperfections. Epi-LASIK (epithelial laser in-situ keratomileusis), one of the most recent solutions, may be better option for some patients.

What Is Epi-LASIK?

As with traditional LASIK, Epi-LASIK involves the ophthalmologist creating a flap in the cornea. The eye surgeon then lifts the flap and uses a laser to reshape the cornea, correcting impairments and improving vision. Once the flap is put back in the place, the patient is fitted with a special contact lens to wear for a few days post-surgery.

How Does Epi-LASIK Differ from Other Procedures?

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Bladeless LASIK vs. LASIK

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 17:28:08 +0000

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Search for information on LASIK surgery and you’ll soon discover there is a large amount of material out there. Unfortunately, some of it can seem quite complicated. This is especially true when you begin to study the pros and cons of traditional LASIK surgery vs. the newer “bladeless” LASIK, also called all-laser vision surgery.

Since bladeless LASIK is considerably more expensive per eye than conventional LASIK, you may also be weighing your options to see if the all-laser option is worth the higher cost. The following summary of information may help you evaluate which option is right for you.

How Does Bladeless LASIK Differ from Traditional LASIK?

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Fold, Unfold and Go – The New Intraocular Lenses

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 15:13:39 +0000

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One of the most important developments for cataract patients in the past few years has been intraocular lenses (IOLs). These tiny prescription lenses were created to replace the focusing power of the eye’s natural lens during cataract surgery. Prior to the introduction of IOLs, cataract patients had to wear thick glasses or special contacts after surgery, making them essentially blind without their glasses.

Currently, more than one million IOLs are implanted each year in the United States, giving cataract patients the best vision of their lives. Intraocular lenses were originally introduced as inflexible lenses that required larger incisions. Now, technology has provided ophthalmologists with two different types: hard and foldable. The advantage to foldable lenses, made of acrylic or silicone, is that they can be folded up and inserted with a much smaller incision, then unrolled within the eye.

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What are Toric IOLs?

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 20:45:56 +0000

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The 20 to 30 percent of cataract patients each year who also suffer from astigmatism have not always had the best options when it came to achieving complete vision improvement after cataract surgery.

While their cataracts, and possibly any nearsightedness and farsightedness, could all be corrected with an intraocular lens (IOL), these patients’ astigmatism issues were not improved after the cataract removal and lens exchange surgery.

Most of these patients either had to continue wearing corrective lenses or undergo another surgical procedure, such as LASIK, Custom LASIK or PRK.

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The Sun and Your Eyesight

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:16:05 +0000

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You probably know that if you stay in the sun all day with no sunscreen or UV-blocking clothing, you will be burnt. Most people also know that if they do this for years, they may have a lovely suntan, but their skin will be damaged and will eventually develop patches of discoloration, wrinkles, and a leathery texture.

Do you also know that the eyes can be sunburnt? If you expose your eyes to too much sunshine for too many years, they can be permanently damaged in ways that will impair your eyesight. Ultraviolet light can be kept from causing eye damage if you:
• Stay out of the sun; or
• Wear polarized and well-designed sunglasses

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Qualifications for New Jersey Ophthalmologists to do Eye Surgery

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 19:09:27 +0000

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What Is An Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has completed an additional three-year accredited residency in ophthalmology. In addition to this formal, degreed education, ophthalmologists may be required to obtain certifications or credentials in specific procedures done within the scope of their practices.

Who Determines Ophthalmologists’ Qualifications?

Each state establishes requirements for licensing medical practitioners within its boundaries. The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners (NJSTME) issues licenses to ophthalmologists practicing in New Jersey who have demonstrated their qualifications this specialized field of medicine.

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When NOT To Use An Eye Gel

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:48:29 +0000

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Too many times doctors see women in their offices because of cosmetic problems. This can be true with any cosmetic, but it seems to be truer when it comes to specific ones that target the eye. One of these instances happens to be the use of an eye gel.

Eye gel, when used appropriately, can produce dramatic and long lasting effects. The problem arises when an eye gel is used inappropriately, usually directly as a result of not following the manufacturers directions or simply not doing a little research on the product.

There are many women that use eye gel and they really shouldn’t. Many of these women are simply too young to even begin considering such an item.

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Gene Therapy Improves Vision In Adult Humans

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 04:20:36 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) University of Florida researchers report that gene therapy can improve the vision in adult humans who were born with “extremely impaired sight”. The brain actually rewires itself to recognize sections of the retina that were treated with this technique.

One patient was able to see the digital clock in the car using her treated eye. She was never able to read the time with either eye. So far three volunteers have received doses of corrective genes in selected areas of their retinas at Shands at the University of Florida medical center.

The scientists decided to compare various regions of the retina to see where they focusing. They measured where her gaze was fixed while looking at a variety of dim targets. Amazingly, the participants had two preferred centers of vision rather than one. The region of the retina depended on the brightness of the object.

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Gentle Molding Eye Procedure Is Alternative to Lasik Surgery

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 20:06:13 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) You may not need to undergo surgery to correct your vision, according to doctors in the United States (see videos below). Gentle Molding (GM) is a non-surgical procedure that molds the cornea into the proper shape while you sleep.

Like Lasik, Gentle Molding reshapes your eye, but unlike Lasik there is no need for surgery. If you have wanted to get rid of glasses and contacts but were hesitant to undergo laser surgery, this technique may be for you. The method uses therapeutic contact lenses to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism.

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In Portland, Oregon the 20/20 Institute offers a LASIK Commitment for Life

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:53:11 +0000

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Portland, Oregon, June 16, 2009 – The 20/20 Institute in Portland, Oregon makes a strong commitment to its guests. You will be offered the reassurance and comfort of 20/20 Institute’s LASIK Commitment for Life. Their highly-experienced doctors and staff members will use the most advanced FDA-approved laser technology to give you the clearest possible vision. They will also work to maintain the safest and best possible LASIK vision for you over your lifetime and there is no extra charge if future LASIK refinements are needed.*

The http://www.2020institute.com/commitment.htm 20/20 Institute Commitment for Life allows you to proceed with your LASIK procedure knowing one of the leading LASIK providers in the country is behind you. Your initial evaluation and consultation is very comprehensive and is free of charge. This evaluation will most likely be the most detailed eye exam you have ever had. 20/20 Institute utilizes the most advanced diagnostic technology available. Your individual vision imperfections will be pinpointed in detail, and your personalized measurements will form the basis for your customized vision correction treatment plan.

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Denver's 20/20 Institute LASIK Commitment for Life

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:50:11 +0000

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Denver, Colorado, June 16, 2009 – The 20/20 Institute in Englewood, Colorado makes a commitment to its patients. Every guest will be offered the comfort of the 20/20 Institute’s LASIK Commitment for Life. For no additional charge, 20/20’s experienced doctors and staff will use the most advanced FDA-approved laser technology to give you your best LASIK vision and maintain it for your lifetime. *

The 20/20 Institute Commitment for Life is not empty words. You can read the http://www.2020institute.com/testimonials.html testimonials of some of their many happy patients for yourself, and this page has photos of some of the patients. That helps you connect the people with the real impact it has on their quality of life. Some are quite detailed, as the patients share their 20/20 Institute LASIK Experience.

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Horizon Eye Care Doctor Named One of Sightpath Medical's Top 50 Refractive Surgeons

Mon, 04 May 2009 16:02:34 +0000

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Horizon Eye Care in Charlotte, North Carolina is proud to announce that one of its doctors, Dr. David N. Ulgand, MD, has been named one of Sightpath Medical's Top 50 Refractive Surgeons.

What Is Sightpath Medical?

Sightpath Medical is a distributor of medical technology that helps bring innovative technologies to doctors and to help doctors and patients utilize that technology to achieve the best possible results. They help the doctors at Horizon Eye Care receive the tools they need to perform advanced vision treatments like http://www.horizoneye.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/site.content/type/24541.cfm LASIK, Custom LASIK and http://www.horizoneye.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/site.content/type/53211.cfm all-laser LASIK.

What Does Recognition Signify?

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LASIK Statistics

Mon, 04 May 2009 15:11:47 +0000

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Are you considering http://www.lasikdocs.com/lasik.html LASIK laser vision correction surgery, but feeling concerned about safety issues or costs? You may be surprised to learn just how popular, affordable and hassle-free LASIK surgery truly is.

More than seventeen million people across the globe, including eight million Americans, have enjoyed the many benefits of LASIK, fueling the procedure’s popularity in a global market expected to have exceeded three billion dollars in 2008. Satisfaction rates are high, with ninety percent of LASIK patients stating they would recommend the procedure to others, and seventy percent stating the quality of their vision was amazing.

Age of LASIK Patients

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