Skip to Content

Join the 'Retinal Disorders' group to help and get support from people like you.

Retinal Disorders News

'Halo' Effect Common After Lasik Eye Surgery

Posted 5 days ago 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, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Myopia

Lengthy Space Missions May Harm Astronauts' Vision

Posted 9 days ago 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

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

Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Laser pointers may look harmless enough, but when children play with them kids can end up with blurry vision, blind spots or potentially permanent vision loss, eye experts report. A new study details the cases of four children, aged 9 through 16, whose horseplay with laser pointers caused dramatic injury to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly. The cases "bring to light this is happening more frequently," said study author Dr. David Almeida, an ophthalmologist in private practice in Minneapolis. "It was previously thought this was a one-in-a-million event. It's still probably a rare to uncommon reaction, but it's not a never reaction," Almeida said. Part of the problem is unreliable labeling of laser pointers, which are typically sold in office supply stores and online, the study found. Prior ... Read more

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

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

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Glaucoma, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Macular Degeneration, Retinal Disorders, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Visual Defect/Disturbance, Color Vision Defect (Acquired), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block, Refraction - Assessment

When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – People with diabetes who remain inactive may have higher odds for a vision-robbing eye condition, new research suggests. While the study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers say a "couch potato" lifestyle does seem to raise the risk for diabetic retinopathy. According to the U.S. National Eye Institute, the condition "involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision." Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss for people with diabetes. Could exercise – or a lack of it – affect risk for the disease? To find out, a team led by Paul Loprinzi at the University of Mississippi tracked outcomes for 282 U.S. diabetes patients. The patients averaged 62 years of age. Nearly one-third (29 percent) had mild or more severe diabetic retinopathy. Using an accelerometer device to ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Eye Conditions, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Retinal Disorders, Diabetic Retinopathy, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Retinal Hemorrhage, Retinopathy Prophylaxis, Retinal Vasculitis

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

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Macular Degeneration, Uveitis, Iritis, Keratitis, Optic Nerve Disorder, Ocular Herpes Simplex, Macular Edema, Corneal Abrasion, Diagnosis and Investigation, Retinal Disorders, Corneal Ulcer, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Chorioretinitis, Strabismus, Myopia, Diabetic Macular Edema

Nearly 10 Million Americans Are Severely Nearsighted

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – About 9.6 million Americans are severely nearsighted, a new study finds. Rates of nearsightedness – also known as myopia – in the United States rose from 25 percent in the early 1970s to 40 percent around 2000, the study authors said. Most cases of nearsightedness can be corrected with eyewear or surgery. However, severe nearsightedness can cause complications that threaten vision. The new study is based on federal data, plus an analysis of an American Academy of Ophthalmology database. The researchers estimate that nearly 820,000 Americans have a degenerative form of myopia called progressive high myopia, which can cause weakening of the retina. More than 40,000 of these individuals may also develop an even more serious condition called myopic choroidal neovascularization. This is "a severe complication of myopia with abnormal fragile blood vessels growing ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Retinal Disorders, Chorioretinitis, Pupillary Dilation, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Myopia, Chorioditis, Retinal Hemorrhage

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

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

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Conjunctivitis, Retinal Disorders, Eye Redness/Itching, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Vitreomacular Adhesion, Color Vision Defect (Acquired), Refraction - Assessment

Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Inherited Eye Disease

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 3, 2015 – A new study finds that gene therapy quickly improves eyesight for patients who've lost their vision from an inherited condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). But the improvements aren't permanent: Researchers said the gains began to diminish after one to three years. "Gene therapy for LCA demonstrated we could improve vision in previously untreatable and incurable retinal conditions," study leader Dr. Samuel Jacobson, of the University of Pennsylvania's Scheie Eye Institute, said in a U.S. National Eye Institute release. "Even though the current version of the therapy doesn't appear to be the permanent treatment we were hoping for, the gain in knowledge ... is an opportunity to improve the therapy so that the restored vision can be sustained for longer durations in patients," Jacobson added. Scientists started the research in 2007, looking at 15 people ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Retinal Disorders, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Leber's Disease

Study Clears Certain Antibiotics of Serious Eye Risk

Posted 26 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 – Cipro and other drugs in the same class of antibiotics don't appear to raise the risk of an eye problem called retinal detachment, according to a new study that contradicts previous research. Retinal detachment – separation of the retina from its connection to the back of the eye – can cause vision loss. A group of researchers recently concluded that use of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones was associated with a significantly increased risk of retinal detachment. This new study challenges that finding. The latest investigation involved an analysis of data from millions of people in Denmark. Of nearly 600 people diagnosed with retinal detachment, 72 had used fluoroquinolones. Most had taken Cipro (ciprofloxacin), while others had used ofloxacin (Floxin, Ocuflox), fleroxacin (Quinodis and Megalocin) or moxifloxacin (Moxeza, Avelox, Vigamox). People who used ... Read more

Related support groups: Cipro, Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin, Levofloxacin, Avelox, Ofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Retinal Disorders, Gatifloxacin, Norfloxacin, Gemifloxacin, Sparfloxacin, Floxin, Factive, Lomefloxacin, Nalidixic Acid, Cipro XR, Maxaquin, Cipro IV, Noroxin

FDA Approves Jetrea for Symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion in the Eyes

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

October 18, 2012 – On Oct. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Jetrea (ocriplasmin), the first drug approved to treat an eye condition called symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA). VMA can contribute to eye problems if the vitreous (jelly in the center of the eye) starts to move away from the macula (a part of the retina responsible for reading vision). This movement can lead to damage of the macula due to pulling or tugging on the macula. Jetrea is an enzyme that breaks down proteins in the eye responsible for VMA. The breakdown of these proteins allows a better separation between the vitreous and macula and can reduce the chances that tugging will occur. The alternative treatment for this condition is a surgical procedure called a vitrectomy. “Today’s approval represents a significant advancement in treatment for patients with symptomatic VMA,” said Edward Cox, M. ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Retinal Disorders

Man's Best Friend Points the Way in Genetic Research

Posted 15 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15 – Dogs may soon become man's best friend on a level that goes far beyond companionship and loyalty. Researchers report that the canine genome, similar in many ways to the human one, is starting to shed light on a wide range of human diseases. What makes dogs particularly interesting to scientists is their breed structure – a type of artificial selection – which creates distinct and diverse lines of animals that range from the muscular German shepherd to the nervous Chihuahua, from the hard-working collie to the perpetually pampered poodle. According to a review article published Aug. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the fact that most purebred dogs have descended from small, closely related parentage with large litters means recessive diseases are common among them. To those interested in genetics, that's exciting. It makes less common recessive diseases ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Osteoarthritis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Epilepsy, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Autoimmune Disorders, Lupus Erythematosus, Retinal Disorders

Page 1 2 Next

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retinal Hemorrhage, Retinal Vasculitis, Eye Conditions