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Contacts May One Day Be Used to Deliver Glaucoma Medication

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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 with glaucoma at least as much as the standard eye drops used to treat the disease. "This promising delivery system removes the burden of administration from the patient and ensures consistent delivery of medication to the eye, eliminating the ongoing concern of patient compliance with dosing," study co-author Dr. Janet Serle said in a news release from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Serle is a glaucoma specialist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Glaucoma is ... Read more

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Blindness Biggest Fear for Many Americans

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

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. "The consistency of these findings among the varying ethnic/racial groups underscores the importance of educating the public on eye health and mobilizing public support for vision research," the researchers added in a news release. The nationwide online poll, commissioned by the nonprofit health research group known as Research!America, found that 88 percent of more than 2,000 respondents considered good vision vital to overall health. And 47 percent said losing their sight would have the most ... Read more

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Routine Eye Exams See Vision Problems You Miss

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

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 Ontario, Canada. More than half of people with no new symptoms or vision problems receive new prescriptions or treatment changes as a result of routine eye exams, the researchers found. The need for vision prescription changes was found for two out of five people, the study noted. Meanwhile, 16 percent were diagnosed with a new eye condition and 31 percent had a change in their ongoing care, researchers found. The study included data on nearly 6,400 patients who visited a university eye clinic over ... Read more

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Could 'Zaps' to the Brain Help Fight Glaucoma?

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

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 an hour a day of electrical pulses aimed directly into the eye – improved vision among patients who were losing their sight, the researchers said. "By giving currents through the eye, we force retinal cells connected to the brain to fire intensely," explained study author Dr. Bernhard Sabel, a member of the medical faculty at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg. "This activates the brain's [vision] cells to function better again. And, 'what fires together, wires together.' " ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Losing Your Vision?

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Some age-related vision loss is common. But because it tends to happen gradually, you may not be aware that your sight is ebbing. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these signs of worsening vision: Difficulty reading your mail, or paying your bills. Trouble seeing the television. Problems signing your name. Having a hard time seeing well enough to walk up and down stairs. Squinting frequently. Read more

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Health Tip: Help Protect Your Vision

Posted 24 May 2016 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 19 May 2016 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

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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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