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Staying Active May Lower Odds for Glaucoma

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – You probably know that exercise benefits your heart and waistline. But how about your vision? Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed long-term data on American adults, and found that the most physically active folks were 73 percent less likely to develop glaucoma than the least active individuals. For each 10-minute increase in ...

Health Tip: Keep Your Eyes Healthier

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

-- As you grow older, your eyes are more prone to diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to keep your eyes healthier: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and a don a hat with a wide brim when you are outside. Stop smoking. Eat eye-healthy foods. Maintain ahealthy weight and get enough exercise. Strive for normalblood ...

Coming Soon: Glaucoma Self-Care, From Home?

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – For many glaucoma patients, repeat trips to a doctor's office to check on their eyes can be a real pain. But new research supports the usefulness of a device that allows glaucoma patients to measure their own eye pressure – in the comfort of their own home. Researchers found that among 100 glaucoma patients, most were able to successfully use the handheld device, called ...

Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age. University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters ...

Health Tip: Applying Eye Drops

Posted 9 May 2017 by

-- Applying eye drops without the excess trickling down your face can be tricky. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology suggests: Wash your hands, then take the bottle of eye drops and slowly rotate it for 30 seconds. Lean your head back and gently pull down the lower eyelid. Use your index finger to pull down the lid, or use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch the lower ...

U.S. Glaucoma Cases Expected to Surge by 2030

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans, but that number is expected to surge to more than 4 million by 2030, eye experts say. Glaucoma is a group of incurable eye diseases that gradually lead to vision loss. There are two main types of glaucoma, but the most common form, which typically affects older people, causes an increase in pressure inside the eye that ...

Contacts May One Day Be Used to Deliver Glaucoma Medication

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – A special type of contact lens has been designed to gradually deliver medication to the eye, researchers report. This kind of contact lens could help people who have a hard time using eye drops to treat conditions such as glaucoma, the study authors explained. The new study showed that the drug-dispensing lenses were able to effectively lower the eye pressure in monkeys ...

Blindness Biggest Fear for Many Americans

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Blindness is what many Americans fear most, a new survey shows. "These findings underscore the importance of good eyesight to most and that having good vision is key to one's overall sense of well-being," said lead researcher Dr. Adrienne Scott and colleagues. Scott is an assistant professor of opthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. ...

Routine Eye Exams See Vision Problems You Miss

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Routine eye checkups often pick up unnoticed problems, particularly in older adults, a new study says. "In asymptomatic patients, comprehensive routine optometric eye examinations detect a significant number of new eye conditions and/or results in management changes," said the study's author, Elizabeth Irving, and her colleagues from the University of Waterloo in ...

Could 'Zaps' to the Brain Help Fight Glaucoma?

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 – Electrical pulses to the brain may help restore vision in some partially blind patients, German researchers report. Glaucoma and other types of damage to the eye's optic nerve typically cause permanent damage. But, the new technique appears to kick-start the brain's visual control centers, the researchers explained. A 10-day treatment regimen – entailing upwards of nearly ...

25 Million Americans Will Struggle With Vision Problems by 2050

Posted 19 May 2016 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Putting Medicine in Your Eyes

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by

-- 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. ...

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

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by

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 ...

Scientists Spot Three More Genes Linked to Glaucoma Risk

Posted 11 Jan 2016 by

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 ...

Mobius Therapeutics Receives Final FDA Approval for New Glaucoma Drug Mitosol

Posted 9 Feb 2012 by

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Mobius Therapeutics, LLC, a St. Louis-based ophthalmic company, has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the platform product, Mitosol. This initial indication is for the use of Mitosol in glaucoma surgery. With FDA approval, Mobius Therapeutics can start marketing and production efforts for Mitosol immediately. "The ...

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