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Health Tip: Help Protect Your Vision

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- You pay regular visits to your family doctor and dentist, so why not your eye doctor? Regular eye exams can prevent or spot serious problems that could lead to impaired sight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests seeing an eye doctor promptly if you have: Difficulty seeing properly, including double vision. Redness of your eye, draining or eye pain. Floaters, small specks that seem to "float" in front of your eyes. Diabetes. Halos that appear to surround lights. Visions that appear to resemble flashes of light. Read more

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25 Million Americans Will Struggle With Vision Problems by 2050

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – As baby boomers age, the number of Americans with vision problems and blindness is expected to double over the next three decades, a new study suggests. In 2015, slightly more than 12 million Americans had a vision problem. But by 2050, that number will rise to 25 million, the researchers predicted. "This study gives us a GPS for our nation's future eye health," said lead researcher Dr. Rohit Varma, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "Our group and others have shown in previous studies that those who suffer from vision loss not only have a decreased quality of life but can also experience both physical and mental health decline, including an increased risk for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, depression and even death," he said. The economic burden from vision loss and eye ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Visual Defect/Disturbance, Aphakia, Pseudophakia, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as a condition called dry eye, which is more common after menopause. Pregnancy can cause dry eyes, puffy eyelids and refractive changes that may show up as blurred or double vision. Pregnant women's vision may also be affected by migraine headaches, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Prevent Blindness. The organization also warns that some glaucoma medications may harm a fetus, and advises pregnant women to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Putting Medicine in Your Eyes

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- You may be wary about applying those new eyedrops prescribed by your doctor. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Use warm water and soap to wash your hands, then dry with a clean towel. Either grab a mirror or lie down before applying the medicine. Look up at the ceiling, then use one hand to pull down the lower eyelid. Hold the medicine in your other hand, resting on your forehead if needed. Without letting the tip of the bottle or tube touch the eye, gently place the medicine inside your lower eyelid. Then close your eye. If you are taking both an ointment and an eye drop, put the eye drop in first. Wait about five minutes before applying the ointment. Read more

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Green, Leafy Vegetables Each Day May Help Keep Glaucoma at Bay

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Eating green leafy vegetables daily may decrease the risk of glaucoma – a serious eye disease – by 20 percent or more over many years, a new study suggests. "We found those consuming the most green leafy vegetables had a 20 to 30 percent lower risk of glaucoma," said study leader Jae Kang. Kang is an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Glaucoma is an eye condition that usually develops when fluid increases in the front part of the eye and causes pressure, damaging the optic nerve. It can lead to loss of vision, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute. Although the study found an association between eating more leafy greens and a lower risk of glaucoma, it didn't prove cause-and-effect. Kang's team followed nearly 64,000 participants in the Nurses' Health Study from 1984 through 2012, and ... Read more

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Scientists Spot Three More Genes Linked to Glaucoma Risk

Posted 11 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 – The discovery of three more genes linked to the most common type of glaucoma could boost efforts to fight the eye disease, researchers report. The three newly identified genes associated with primary open angle glaucoma bring the total number of such genes to 15, according to the study published online Jan. 11 in Nature Genetics. "Just in time for Glaucoma Awareness Month (January), this unprecedented analysis provides the most comprehensive genetic profile of glaucoma to date," Dr. Paul Sieving, director of the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), said in an institute news release. "These findings open avenues for the pursuit of new strategies to screen for, prevent and treat glaucoma," he added. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss, and it affects 60 million people worldwide and about 2.7 million Americans. The disease causes vision loss ... Read more

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Glaucoma Patients Have False Notions of Pot's Ability to Treat Their Disease: Survey

Posted 23 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 – Glaucoma patients ask for marijuana prescriptions because they have false notions of its effectiveness in treating the eye disease, a new survey has found. And the trend toward legalization of marijuana has lent additional weight to those misconceptions, the results suggested. Recent research has shown that prescription eye drops are much more effective than marijuana in treating glaucoma, an eye disease that afflicts more than 2 million Americans, said survey author Dr. David Belyea. He is director of glaucoma services at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, in Washington, D.C. Eye doctors need to step up their education efforts and make sure that people understand that marijuana is an impractical option, Belyea and colleagues conclude in their report, which is published Dec. 23 in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. Glaucoma ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Cannabis, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle)

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Lower Glaucoma Risk

Posted 28 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – The diabetes drug metformin was linked to a lower risk of developing the eye condition glaucoma in a new study. People who took the most metformin during the 10-year study period had a 25 percent reduced risk of glaucoma compared with people not taking the drug, researchers found. "Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide and classic open-angle glaucoma develops in late middle age or late age. So we hypothesized that a drug that mimics caloric restriction, such as metformin, might reduce the risk of glaucoma," said lead researcher Julia Richards, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Exactly how metformin might reduce the risk of glaucoma isn't known, the researchers said. And, while this study found an association between metformin use and lower glaucoma risk, it wasn't designed to prove a ... Read more

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Lupin Receives FDA Approval for Generic Lumigan Ophthalmic Solution 0.03%

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

Mumbai, India and Baltimore, Maryland – February 23, 2015: Pharma Major Lupin Limited (Lupin) announced today that it has received final approval for its Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution, 0.03% from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to market a generic version of Allergan Inc.'s Lumigan Ophthalmic Solution, 0.03%. Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. (LPI), the company's U.S. subsidiary would commence marketing the product shortly. Lupin's Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution, 0.03% is the AT rated generic equivalent of Lumigan Ophthalmic Solution, 0.03% and is indicated for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Lupin's Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution, 0.03% filing was made from its Indore facility which was audited in January, 2015. Two Lupin facilities, the Lupin Bioresearch Center, Pune (LBC) and its ... Read more

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Generic Eye Drops for Glaucoma Encourage Greater Use

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – Glaucoma patients are more likely to take medications to treat their eye disease if they're prescribed generic drugs, a new study finds. More than half of Americans with glaucoma do not take their medications as prescribed, which is one of the biggest obstacles in efforts to prevent glaucoma-related blindness, according to the researchers. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease in the United States. It's treated with drugs called prostaglandin analogue (PGA) eye drops. These drugs are very effective, but brand name PGAs tend to be significantly more costly than other types of glaucoma drugs. A generic version of the PGA latanoprost was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011 and at the time was $1,300 cheaper per year than brand name PGAs. In this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 8,400 glaucoma patients. All ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure May Boost Glaucoma Risk

Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – Long-term high blood pressure may increase the risk of the eye disease glaucoma, according to a new study. The researchers said their findings suggest that doctors should consider a patient's blood pressure when managing glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Glaucoma occurs when excessive pressure inside the eye pushes back against blood trying to enter the eye. It had been thought that because high blood pressure (hypertension) ensures that blood can enter the eye, it could counteract the high eye pressure that causes glaucoma. However, this study of short-term (one hour) and long-term (four weeks) high blood pressure in rats with elevated eye pressure found that long-term high blood pressure actually increases the risk of glaucoma. The study was published recently in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. "When we ... Read more

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Study Supports Benefit of Widely Used Glaucoma Drug

Posted 19 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Prostaglandin analogue eye drops – a common form of glaucoma drug – significantly reduce the risk of vision loss in patients with the eye disease, a new study finds. British researchers led by David Garway-Heath, of the Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in London, tracked outcomes for more than 500 people newly diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma – the most common form of the disease and one of the leading causes of blindness. About 45 million people worldwide have this type of glaucoma, and the number is expected to rise to 53 million by 2020 and 80 million by 2040, according to the researchers. However, they found that the use of latanoprost – a form of prostaglandin analogue eye drops – reduced the risk of vision loss in these patients by more than 50 percent over two years, compared to those who received an inactive placebo. ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Xalatan, Latanoprost

Researchers Probe Molecular Cause for Glaucoma

Posted 11 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – A novel study of mice has shed new light on the molecular basis for glaucoma, which is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Based on their findings, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago said they are working to develop eye drops that might one day cure the disease in people. "This is a big step forward in understanding the cause of the disease that steals the eyesight from 60 million people worldwide," study senior author Dr. Susan Quaggin, a Northwestern nephrologist, said in a university news release. "This gives us a foothold to develop new treatments." Glaucoma, which has no cure, blocks the drainage of fluid from the eye, which then builds up pressure that can damage the retina and the optic nerve. The vessel that is essential for proper drainage in the eye is known as Schlemm's canal. Using a ... Read more

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Could Time Spent Outdoors Raise Cataract, Glaucoma Risk?

Posted 4 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – Outdoor activities and sunlight reflected up into the eyes may increase the risk of a vision condition tied to cataracts and glaucoma, a new study suggests. There is some evidence that ultraviolet radiation contributes to the condition, called exfoliation syndrome (XFS), but the researchers behind the new study say those findings have been inconsistent. In order to learn more about the relationship between UV rays and XFS, researchers looked at 185 people in the United States and Israel with XFS and 178 people in the two countries without the eye condition. A team led by Dr. Louis Pasquale of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary analyzed the latitude where the participants lived and the average number of hours a week they spent outdoors. The investigators found that both factors appeared to affect a person's risk for XFS. Each ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Cataract

Glaucoma Can Affect Babies, Too

Posted 2 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 – When Olivia Goree noticed something just "wasn't right" about her 6-week-old son's eyes, she trusted her instincts and took him to the doctor. What she never expected was the diagnosis: glaucoma. "I was really surprised," recalled Goree, who said she had only ever heard of the vision-robbing disease affecting older adults. And that's probably how most people think of glaucoma, since it's largely diagnosed in people older than 60. But rarely, the disease can strike infants and children. Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases in which fluid builds up in the eye, creating pressure that damages the optic nerve and leads to vision loss. In some cases, a baby will be born with glaucoma as part of a syndrome of birth defects, explained Dr. Robert Barnes, an ophthalmologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., who treated Goree's son, Christian. ... Read more

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