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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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Doctors Spot New Vision Problems in Babies Struck by Zika

Posted 25 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – New eye problems in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers. The virus is known to cause microcephaly, in which infants are born with a smaller-than-normal head and brain. And previous research has found that one-third of Brazilian babies with microcephaly have eye problems such as ocular lesions, optic nerve abnormalities and chorioretinal atrophy, a withering of the retina and choroid. The choroid provides oxygen and nutrients to the retina. Now, this new report on three Brazilian infants with microcephaly identified three new eye problems: retinal lesions, bleeding in the retina and abnormal blood vessel development in the retina. The three infants also had the eye problems found in previous research. Since last spring, Brazil has been the epicenter of a Zika outbreak, and nearly 5,000 babies have been diagnosed with ... Read more

Related support groups: Hydrocephalus, Optic Nerve Disorder, Retinal Disorders, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Zika Virus Infection, Visual Defect/Disturbance

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