• By Maya Chupkov
    Seniors are at heightened risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. The Academy is providing the following five eye-loving tips to protect against AMD-related vision loss.
    By Shirley Dang
    New research has revealed a number of genes that may be connected to glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.
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    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging parents to avoid buying toys that can cause serious eye injuries and even blindness in children.
    No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children’s toys can cause serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2014, and and almost half of these inju…
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    People who have diabetic retinopathy often don't notice changes in their vision in the disease's early stages. But as it progresses, diabetic retinopathy usually causes vision loss that in many cases cannot be reversed.
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    Programmable digital glasses for lazy eye work as well as eye patching, study shows, improving vision by about 2 lines on the reading chart after 3 months. First new effective lazy eye treatment in 50 years.
    By Dayle Kern
    One in four Americans age 65 or older has diabetes, putting them at increased risk for vision loss and blindness. Fortunately, diabetes-related vision loss is largely preventable with regular care. Yet, studies have found a majority of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes do…
    By Dan Gudgel
    Tattoos – especially black-ink tattoos – may be associated with uveitis more often than previously thought, according to research from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This research does not mean that black-ink tattoos cause uveitis, but it definitely points to somethin…
    By Maya Chupkov
    Scientists William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura have won a shared 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discoveries that helped stop blinding parasitic infections around the world.
    By Shirley Dang
    The American Academy of Ophthalmology has issued a warning to costume shoppers about over-the-counter costume contact lenses after a new study found that several varieties tested positive for chlorine and other harmful chemicals.
    By Dan Gudgel
    Recent research shows it may be possible to reduce the size of the natural blind spots that everyone has in their vision, by exercising the vision in those areas. Want to find your own blind spots? Read on to find out how.
    By Dayle Kern
    News is buzzing today with reports that British doctors have begun a clinical trial of a new stem cell operation for people with age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. While preliminary results of the clinical trial are not yet available, the potential for this type of th…
    By Maya Chupkov
    Rapper Fetty Wap, new USC football player Jake Olsen, and Miss North Carolina Kate Peacock all recently shared moving stories about their rare eye diseases and being teased about it growing up.
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    New research conducted in China supports the theory spending time outdoors may help slow down the development of nearsightedness, also called myopia.
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    It’s a fact of life for adults. Just like wrinkles, slowing metabolism and graying hair, your eyes are eventually affected by age. It’s important to understand how your eyes change with age and what you can do to keep them in the best health possible.
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    Horror stories from contact lens users who lost part or all of their vision due to infection continue to make headlines in the news. The Wall St. Journal reported Tuesday on the bad habits of contact lens wearers that can cause red, crusty infected eyes, and in the worst cas…
    By Maya Chupkov
    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo recently underwent treatment for a recurring stye on his left eye, according to news reports, just weeks before the start of the 2015 NFL season. Tips on what to do if you get a stye.
    By Dayle Kern
    A new study has found that advanced forms of a diabetic eye disease are rare among children living with diabetes. Due to this, researchers of the study are recommending that most children with type 1 diabetes delay annual diabetic retinopathy screenings until age 15 or 5 yea…
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    Good vision remains vital to a child’s success in the classroom, making it essential to find and correct eye problems before they interfere with school. “CBS This Morning” explored this topic in a back-to-school eye exam segment featuring ophthalmologist Anne Sumers, M.D., s…
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    Cutting corners on contacts hygiene raises the risk of serious eye infections. In the most severe situations, contact lens keratitis or corneal ulcers could ruin vision permanently or require corneal transplant surgery.
    By Dan Gudgel
    The parents of a five-year-old from Ohio are helping her pack in visual experiences before her sight is possibly taken away in the next five to ten years.
    By Dayle Kern
    The news has been buzzing with reports of a new eye drop that may one day allow for cataracts to be treated without surgery. But don’t cancel that cataract surgery consultation just yet. While this research may show initial promise, it has yet to be tested in humans or appro…
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    Implantable miniature telescope can help end-stage macular degeneration patients.
    By Dayle Kern
    The Argus II retinal prosthesis, commonly known as the “Bionic Eye,” is now being tested in people with late-stage dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Until now, the device had only been used in people with retinitis pigmentosa, which is less common than dry AMD.
    By Dayle Kern
    Have you ever taken a shower or swam in the pool while wearing your contact lenses? Or neglected to change out your contact lens solution? The American Academy of Ophthalmology and BuzzFeed would like you to stop it. Right now. And there’s a good reason: Keratitis, or inflam…
    By Dayle Kern
    As the latest installment of  Pixar’s beloved Despicable Me movie franchise debuts this weekend, a lot of buzz seems to be circulating about one new character due to this distinct eye color. Meet Bob the Minion, who has one green eye and one brown eye, a condition which…
    By Dan Gudgel
    The first round of results has been released from an ongoing study comparing current drug options for treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). The study showed that all patients got significant improvement in vision with regular treatment with any of the three anti-VEGF dr…
    By Dayle Kern
    Commercial airplane pilots have been reporting more and more powerful lasers from the ground are being pointed at their aircraft. CNN recently reported that these incidents happen approximately 10.5 times a day across the United States, and just yesterday the Federal Aviatio…
    By Shirley Dang
    When Jameson Lamb and his friends began lighting fireworks one 4th of July, it all seemed like harmless fun. Little did they know that Jameson would be accidentally shot in the eye with what they thought was an already extinguished Roman Candle.
    By Dan Gudgel and Dayle Kern
    The Argus II is a three-part device that allows some perception of light and motion in patients who have lost their vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. Surgery is done to place a small electronic device on the patient’s retina. Later, the patient wears a camera mounted on a…
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    Metformin — a popular oral medication used to treat type 2 diabetes — has been characterized by some as an anti-aging drug because of its ability to mimic the physiological effects of reduced calorie intake. Previous studies have shown that it can delay or reduce the risk of…
    By Hyun Shin
    Being diagnosed with a serious eye condition can be a daunting experience. But you may find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. You might even share the same condition as a famous actor, recording artist or TV host. Here’s a list of nine celebrities who have dealt chro…
    By Dan Gudgel
    Animal studies are ongoing, Human trials hopefully next. A one-shot treatment for colorblindness may begin human trials as soon as 2017, if current testing goes well. Jay Neitz, Ph.D. and Maureen Neitz, Ph.D., who are both professors of ophthalmology at the University of Was…
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    More than 60 percent of patients who underwent surgery to remove an eye due to a rare cancer reported phantom eye syndrome symptoms, which include seeing images and shapes with the eye that was no longer present.
    By Dayle Kern
    In April 2015, comedian Roseanne Barr announced to the public that she has not one, but two chronic eye diseases that have the potential to rob her of her sight. Barr said that she had been diagnosed with both glaucoma, which can erode peripheral (side) vision, and age-relat…
    By Shirley Dang
    Red, watery eyes are the hallmark of both allergies and dry eye. For a long time, scientists thought of these conditions as separate, but it turns out they may have something in common: the seasons. “We’ve found what appears to be a connection between spring allergens like p…
    By Dayle Kern
    Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and morbidity in older adults, especially those with a chronic eye disease such as glaucoma. To investigate this problem, a multidisciplinary group of researchers used virtual reality technology to develop a new method for…
    By Shirley Dang
    According to recent media reports, a cosmetic laser procedure that changes the color of a person’s eyes from brown to blue is being performed in small patient trials in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is alerting consumers that the procedure has…
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    Lorie Gordon had always worn spectacles. But in her 20s, her eyes worsened to the point where she couldn't read a prescription bottle or see details in her son's faces. Gordon underwent a corneal transplant to get a healthy cornea. Now she can read again, take care o…
    By Hyun Shin
    A new study shows that high drug cost could be keeping glaucoma patients from taking their medication as prescribed, putting them at risk for irreversible blindness. Researchers believe that one way to solve this problem may be switching to more affordable, generic drug opti…
    By Shirley Dang
    Study shows Chinese students in poorer area have better vision than middle-class neighbors.
    Each year as the New Year approaches, people around the world resolve to make changes that will result in longer, happier and healthier lives. This year EyeCare America would like to add “Get a Glaucoma Eye Exam!” to the list of healthy resolutions and Glaucoma Awareness Mon…
    By Dayle Kern
    Hockey players have a high risk of eye injury – flying pucks, high sticking and speedy skating all contribute to the chance to hurting their eyes and possibly damaging their vision. New research has provided evidence that visor use can significantly lessen these risks. Wheth…
    Medical doctors have long known that there is a connection between the eye condition uveitis and multiple sclerosis (MS). But, a recent study has provided more information about how common it is for people to have both these conditions, and what order they are diagnosed in i…
    By Dayle Kern
    Americans spend billions of dollars each year on vitamins, some of which are eye vitamins. But not all of these products have the ingredients and dosages that have been proven effective in clinical trials.
    By Dayle Kern
    Research studies indicate that doctors are using smartphones in their practice, including one study which used an iPhone to look for diabetic retinopathy.
    By Shirley Dang
    Implanted eye devices could one day allow aging patients to see up close again.
    November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology along with EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, want people to know that a simple eye exam can help prevent unnecessar…
    By Shirley Dang
    While they may be the perfect finishing touch on a costume, non-prescription cosmetic contact lenses (also called decorative or plano lenses) can wreak havoc on your vision, causing scratches, sores, infections and potentially blindness.