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New Contact Lens Detects Glaucoma Progression

The Sensimed Triggerfish system, approved by the FDA in March, includes a soft silicone contact lens equipped with sensors that continuously monitor eye pressure for up to 24 hours. More...

Calcium Supplements: Do They Increase AMD Risk?

A 2015 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that older people who took more than 800 mg/day of calcium as a supplement were more likely to be diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More...

Downward Dog Don'ts for People Who Have Glaucoma

People who have glaucoma may unknowingly be increasing pressure in their eyes when they perform certain yoga moves, say researchers at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai. More...

Relief for Stubborn Dry Eye

If artificial tears and lifestyle modifications donít relieve your dry eye, your ophthalmologist may recommend one or more of the following treatments, depending on the severity, cause and type of your dry eye. More...

Can You Prevent Cataracts?

Being physically active, especially over the long term, can lower your risk of developing cataracts, and being inactive can increase it, studies are showing. More...

Study: Telemedicine Improves Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Rates

Compared with those who received traditional surveillance, those who received telemedicine were significantly more likely to be screened for diabetic retinopathy. More...

How Behavior Activation for AMD Works

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and depression are frequent companions. AMD -- a disorder that can lead to progressive central vision loss -- is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. And depression is a leading cause of disability. Up to 30 percent of people with AMD in both eyes, called bilateral AMD, also become depressed as low vision interferes with activities they once found enjoyable. More...

Eye Exams: A Critical Part of Preserving Vision

If you are age 50 or older, you should have an eye exam every year. It's especially important to see an ophthalmologist regularly if you have a family history or other risk factors for an eye disease that can lead to blindness, or if you have other health problems that may impact your vision. More...

Can You Prevent Cataracts?

Because smoking contributes to the risk of cataracts, stopping the habit is a vital step in cataract prevention. Other measures, such as taking certain medications or vitamins, are less certain. More...

Do I Need a Procedure to Prevent Glaucoma?

Glaucoma, a leading treatable cause of blindness, usually involves excess pressure in the eye that may lead to irreversible optic nerve damage. More...

Cataract Surgery: Do You Need Pre-op Testing?

Preoperative testing for cataract surgery may sound like a prudent idea, but besides being costly, it may lead to testing with only marginal benefits. More...

Eight Steps to Avoid Microbial Keratitis

Did you know that almost a million patients end up in doctors' offices and emergency departments each year because of microbial keratitis, a bacterial inflammation of the eye's cornea, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Left untreated, microbial keratitis can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss. But the good news is that microbial keratitis is preventable More...

Advice on Coping with Low Vision

If you've recently been diagnosed with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or low vision, it's normal to feel anger, fear or grief for your loss. Here are tips to help deal with your diagnosis. More...

The Truth About Nutritional Supplements for AMD

There's no sufficient evidence that supplements can prevent age-related macular degeneration or slow progression of milder forms of the eye disease. But that hasn't stopped some drug manufacturers from marketing their over-the-counter eye supplements as essential for vision health and maintenance as well as short-changing some of the ingredients in their formulas. More...

Sleep Apnea May Cause Eye Damage

Research now suggests that the intermittent upper airway obstruction that characterizes sleep apnea also contributes to oxygen deprivation that damages the optic nerve. More...

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