Does Aspirin Use Cause Macular Degeneration?

Scientists pouring over the data from the Beaver Dam Project found an unanticipated association between regular use of aspirin and advanced macular degeneration.  In this blog I will review the data and what it really means for aspirin users that are worried about macular degeneration. The Beaver Dam Eye Study is a fascinating project funded Read More→

Slower Eye Movements in Glaucoma Patients

A recent study in Eye and Brain, Nov 2012, found evidence that patients with glaucoma had a delayed reaction time with their eye movements.  Glaucoma is a disease where the nerve cells that send vision information from the eye to the brain progressively stop working, starting with peripheral vision and then moving towards the center.  Read More→

The Rate of Corneal Ulcer Infections Increasing in Contact Lens Wearers

One of the leading eye care centers in the nation, the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, has reported that the rate of corneal ulcer infections is increasing at its institution.  The cornea is the clear outer layer of the eye.  If an infection develops in the cornea it is called a corneal ulcer.  These infections are Read More→

Good News: Your Eyes are White and Bad News: Your Baby’s in a Coma

The FDA has issued a warning statement concerning the danger to small children from some “get the red out” eye drops and decongestant nose sprays.  The drops and sprays mentioned contain chemicals like, naphazoline, tetrahydrozoline, or oxymetazoline which constrict blood vessels.  Some of the common trade names for medicines containing these drugs are Visine, Naphcon, Opcon, Read More→

Could you Laser Away Your Glaucoma Drops?

Glaucoma is an eye disease where the pressure inside the eye (IOP) is too high.  This higher pressure damages the optic nerve resulting in the progressive loss of peripheral vision.  The loss of peripheral vision can usually be stopped if the IOP is lowered to the normal range which is between 10-21 mm Hg.  This can Read More→

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