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Posts Tagged ‘National Eye Institute (NEI)’

Novel Ways to Treat Diabetic Edema

Having diabetes is never a good thing. A person has to monitor blood glucose, take medication, and watch what he or she eats. Diabetes can also wreak havoc with vision. One condition that a diabetic has to be on the lookout for is diabetic edema. Diabetic edema is a result of complications of diabetic retinopathy. […]

Faulty Molecules Switches & Certain Genomic Regions Contribute to AMD

It is safe to say that no one wants to be blind. While age related macular degeneration (AMD) isn’t as well-known as glaucoma and cataracts, it, too, is a form a blindness that no one wants. It affects the straight on vision that is needed for activities like reading and driving and while medication can […]

Retail is Dead. Long Live Retail

Sadly, Toys R’ Us recently ceased operations. Sears’ post-bankruptcy strategy is to have smaller stores which concentrate on appliances. Sounds like traditional brick and mortar retail is in trouble, doesn’t it? First of all, not every brick and mortar retailer is in trouble. WalMart and Target are doing very well. Still, the trend is that […]

Macular Degeneration Research Findings

Glaucoma and cataracts get all the news when it comes to visual impairment and blindness. That being said, attention needs to be paid to macular degeneration, since 11 million people in the U.S. and 200 million people worldwide have the disease. It is the leading cause of blindness in those age 65 and over. Researchers […]

Omega-3 Supplements—Are They Beneficial For Your Eyes?

Omega-3 are polyunsaturated fats that are found in cold water fishes, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as nuts, like walnuts and flaxseed. These fats help prevent cardiovascular disease and may help keep eyes healthy. Yet, there is a limit to their benefits. A study sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggested that […]

Low Vision Research Initiatives

It would seem that once a person’s vision deteriorates to point of being legally blind, the next step is to surrender the driver’s license. Not so fast. Here’s another instance where vision research and technology are improving quality of life. One company, Ocutech, located in Chapel Hill, NC is helping persons with low vision drive […]

Cornea Research News

More often than not, the news on television or on the Internet isn’t good. There are political feuds, crime, and natural disasters–just to name a few. The exception is medical research. Most of the news from the medical field is good. It deals with new treatments or new insights about the workings of the human […]

Slowing the Increase in Myopia

Myopia is the Rodney Dangerfield* of vision conditions. Unlike glaucoma or macular degeneration, myopia isn’t ‘given respect’ because the majority of treatments don’t involve surgery. Most of the time, either eyeglasses or contact lenses do the trick. If a person is fed up with glasses or contact lenses, there’s vision correction surgery (e.g., LASIK). The […]

Anti-VEGFs Produce Good Outcomes

The number of people who will become visually impaired in the U.S. is expected to be 8 million. In addition to that, another 16 million will have difficulty seeing due to refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be corrected with glasses or contacts. In 2015, 3.2 million Americans had vision […]