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FDA Approves Genentech’s Lucentis (ranibizumab) for Myopic Choroidal Neovascularization

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

South San Francisco, CA – January 5, 2017 – Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lucentis® (ranibizumab injection) 0.5 mg for the treatment of patients with myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV), a complication of severe near-sightedness that can lead to blindness. Lucentis is the first FDA-approved anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy to treat mCNV in the U.S. This is the fifth FDA-approved indication for Lucentis since the medicine was launched in 2006. This approval is based on the results of the Phase III RADIANCE study, which demonstrated that treatment with Lucentis provided superior visual acuity gains in people with mCNV compared to verteporfin photodynamic therapy (vPDT). At three months, average visual acuity gains for patients treated with ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Lucentis, Myopic Choroidal Neovascularization, Ranibizumab

Laundry Detergent Pods Linked to Eye Burn Danger in Kids

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Liquid laundry detergent pods may be convenient, but young children are suffering vision-threatening burns from the chemicals inside them in increasing numbers, a new study finds. Between 2012 and 2015, more than 1,200 preschoolers in the United States suffered eye burns from these single-use detergent pods. In 2012, only 12 such burns were reported. By 2015, that number was almost 500. "These pods look like toys, they look like candy, and kids are finding them, playing with them, puncturing them, and the chemicals inside the pods are getting into their eyes," said lead researcher Dr. R. Sterling Haring, from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Injuries most often occur when children play with the detergent pods and they break and the liquid squirts into their eyes. Burns also happen when kids get the soap on their hands ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Sight-Stealing Eye Condition

Posted 18 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – An experimental drug may one day make treatment simpler for patients suffering from vision-threatening age-related macular degeneration, researchers say. So far, the drug – called AXT107 – has been only tested on mice and rabbits, but it requires far fewer injections than current therapy to prevent vision loss. Current treatment requires frequent injections directly into the eye. "We anticipate injection of AXT107 in humans may have a substantially longer effect than current treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Peter Campochiaro. He's a professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "Instead of eye injections every four to six weeks, we hope it would be several months between injections," he said. The drug test in rabbits lasted only two months, but the drug appeared both safe and effective, Campochiaro said. Researchers hope to start ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Macular Degeneration, Eylea, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Aflibercept

Parents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of School

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – American parents don't always agree when to keep their children home sick from school, a new poll reveals. The poll included almost 1,500 parents nationwide. All had at least one child aged 6 to 18. The research found that 75 percent had kept their child home sick from school at least once in the past year. The main reasons for keeping a child home were concerns their illness would get worse or spread to classmates. But the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that parents have differing views about how sick is too sick. Or the importance of sick day consequences, such as parents missing work or kids missing tests. Parents of children aged 6 to 9 were more likely to say that health-related concerns were a very important factor in keeping children home from school. Among parents of high schoolers, 40 ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Diarrhea, Cough, Fever, Eye Conditions, Bacterial Infection, Influenza, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cough and Nasal Congestion, Diarrhea, Chronic, Conjunctivitis, Viral Infection, Blepharitis, Diarrhea, Acute

'Halo' Effect Common After Lasik Eye Surgery

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Nine out of 10 Lasik laser eye surgery patients report satisfaction afterwards. But a sizable percentage experience new visual disturbances – like seeing halos around lights – up to six months after the procedure, a new study finds. "While Lasik has long since been proven safe and effective over decades of use, a small but significant subset of patients report post-operative effects including glare, halos and other vision symptoms, as well as dry eyes," said Dr. Christopher Starr. He's an associate professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. "These effects typically resolve over time, either during the healing process, which can take up to 12 months, or with additional treatments if needed," said Starr, who wasn't involved in the new study. Of hundreds of patients surveyed, fewer than 1 percent said any ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Retinal Disorders, Myopia, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Lengthy Space Missions May Harm Astronauts' Vision

Posted 28 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Researchers have pinpointed the cause of a vision problem affecting astronauts who have completed long-duration space missions. The condition – called visual impairment intracranial pressure (VIIP) – has been reported by nearly two-thirds of astronauts after extended time on the International Space Station. The astronauts experienced blurred vision and were found to have structural changes, such as flattening at the back of their eyeballs and inflammation in their optic nerves. VIIP is caused by changes in the volume of clear fluid found around the brain and spinal cord, according to the study. "People initially didn't know what to make of it, and by 2010 there was growing concern as it became apparent that some of the astronauts had severe structural changes that were not fully reversible upon return to Earth," study lead author Noam Alperin said in a news ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Retinal Disorders, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Refraction - Assessment

Consider Eye Safety When Choosing Kids' Toys

Posted 24 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 – Are you planning to shop on Black Friday for holiday gifts for the kids? Experts urge you to keep an eye on eye safety when making your choices. U.S. emergency rooms treated 251,800 toy-related injuries in 2014, according to a report last year from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Forty-four percent of those injuries were to the head and face area. And a recent study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology said basketball, baseball and air guns caused nearly half of all primary sports-related eye injuries. "When giving the gift of sports equipment, Prevent Blindness strongly urges also providing sports eye protection," Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in a news release from the group. "An eyecare professional can provide guidance for the best protection for each sport and athlete," he added. Prevent Blindness also offers these toy ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys List

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – With the holiday season approaching, the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released it annual list of the most dangerous toys. The organization urges parents to be cautious when buying toys this holiday season, noting that since January 2015 there have been recalls involving more than 800,000 individual products, including 500,000 this year alone. According to WATCH, every three minutes a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury. Since January 2015, there have been at least 19 toys with safety defects recalled in the United States. These recalls involved more than 800,000 units of toys – including 500,000 this year, the group said in a news release. "Consumers can inspect new toys as well as toys already in homes and schools for dangerous hazards and stay away from any toys that may have been ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Fracture, bone, Corneal Abrasion, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Wound Cleansing, Wound Sepsis, Prevention of Fractures, Wound Debridement

Doctors Use iPads to Treat 'Lazy Eye,' With Mixed Results

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – Does playing video games on an iPad work better than standard eye-patching for improving vision in children with lazy eye? Two new studies in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology reach seemingly contradictory answers. In one, patching worked better. In the other, gaming outperformed standard treatment. "If parents prefer their child to play a computer game for an hour a day rather than wear a patch for what is usually two hours a day, then the computer games are a reasonable alternative," said ophthalmologist Dr. John Sloper, who wrote a patch-versus-play editorial for the same journal. "But there is no evidence that they produce better results in the long term." Sloper is an honorary consultant in the strabismus and pediatric service of Moorfields Eye Hospital in England. An estimated 3 percent of kids in the United States have amblyopia, or lazy eye. In these ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Nearly 6 in 10 Diabetics Skip Eye Exams, Study Finds

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – Almost two-thirds of people with diabetes don't get annual eye exams, despite having an increased risk for serious eye disease and vision loss, researchers say. About one in 10 Americans has diabetes. Having a dilated eye exam yearly or more often can prevent 95 percent of diabetes-related vision loss, the study authors said. "Vision loss is tragic, especially when it is preventable," study lead author Dr. Ann Murchison said in a news release from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). "That's why we want to raise awareness and ensure people with diabetes understand the importance of regular eye exams," said Murchison. She is director of the eye emergency department at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. The study included information from nearly 2,000 people aged 40 and older with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that 58 percent didn't ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Eye Conditions, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Retinal Disorders, Diabetic Retinopathy, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Retinopathy

Paintball Causes Many Vision-Robbing Eye Injuries

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Paintball guns pose the greatest risk of vision loss among the sports most commonly associated with eye injuries, a new study finds. Basketball, cycling and baseball injuries to the eye occur more often than paintball-related eye accidents. But the popular air guns are far more likely to impair sight when an eye injury occurs, at least in the short term, researchers say. The findings emphasize the importance of eye protection, said Dr. Matthew Gardiner, director of emergency ophthalmology services at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston. "It's important to be aware of the threat to vision in these activities and wear safety glasses," said Gardiner, who wasn't involved in the study. "Simple preventive measures can solve almost all these problems." The new report is the most extensive analysis of its kind, said lead author Dr. R. Sterling Haring, a research fellow ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Retinal Disorders, Ophthalmic Surgery, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Health Tip: Are Your Screens Causing Eye Strain?

Posted 31 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Staring at your TV, computer, smart phone or tablet can cause a problem known as computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain. The American Optometric Association says to watch for these warning signs: Feeling that your eyes are strained. Developing headaches. Having blurred vision. Developing dry eyes. Having pain in your shoulders and neck. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Dry Eye Disease, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Corneal Abrasion

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Doctors call a scratch on your eye a "corneal abrasion." It's important to see your doctor if you have any of these possible warning signs, provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians: Pain in your eye. A gritty feeling, as if you had sand in your eye. Blurry vision. More tears than usual. Redness of the eye. Sensitivity to light. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Corneal Abrasion

Undiagnosed Eye Problems Pose Risks for Migrant Farm Workers

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Vision problems are common among migrant farm workers, but many never get eye exams, a new study shows. Researchers studied 289 Hispanic migrant farm workers in North Carolina who did not use eyeglasses. About three-quarters of them had never had an eye exam. Of those, 70 percent said they never considered having one, and 14 percent cited cost or lack of insurance. Vision tests found that about 2 percent of the farm workers had moderate to severe problems with distance vision. About 7 percent had impaired near vision. Predictably, older workers had more problems with their eyesight. Twenty-one percent of those 40 and older had moderately to severely impaired near vision. About 5 percent had distance vision problems. Among younger workers, 0.5 percent had trouble with either near or distance vision. "Vision examinations indicate that a number of farm workers ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Myopia, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Health Tip: Remember Eye Protection at Work

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Some jobs pose a heightened risk of eye injury, especially if the job involves machinery or chemicals. The American Optometric Association recommends: Familiarizing yourself with workplace dangers that could threaten your eye safety. Using devices such as work screens or machine guards at work. Wearing appropriate protective gear for your eyes. Making sure eye protection is in good condition, replacing any that's damaged. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Keratitis, Corneal Ulcer, Corneal Abrasion, Visual Defect/Disturbance

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