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Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said changes in the eye's retina may help spot people at risk for a narrowing of the large blood vessels in the legs – a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). "PAD is estimated to ...

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 ...

FDA Approves 'Bionic Eye' to Help Against Rare Vision Disorder

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – An implanted, sight-enhancing device some are calling a "bionic eye" is the first to gain approval for use in the United States, officials announced Thursday. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the new Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System can help patients with a genetic eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa regain some sense of vision. About 100,000 ...

Retinal Implant Approved for Inherited Eye Disease

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with advanced retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a rare genetic disease that damages light-sensitive cells that line the eye's retina. Normally, these cells convert rays of light into electrical impulses that are sent along the optic nerve to the brain, which assembles ...

Experimental Chemical Helps Blind Mice See

Posted 25 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25 – A novel chemical temporarily restored some vision to blind mice, and this success may eventually lead to a treatment to help people with degenerative blindness see again, according to a new study. Those who could benefit include people with retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic disease that is the most common ...

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