Genomic Study Revealing Among Diverse Populations with Inherited Retinal Disease

An international team of researchers, led by scientists at University of California San Diego and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, has broadened and deepened understanding of how… Source link

A new treatment for glaucoma?

A Northwestern Medicine study in mice has identified new treatment targets for glaucoma, including preventing a severe pediatric form of glaucoma, as well as uncovering a possible new class of… Source link

Learning how transplanted neurons fit in

New projects funded through the National Eye Institute’s Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) aim to enhance the survival and integration of regenerated neurons in the visual system … Source link

AMD: Reading ability crucial indicator of functional loss

In geographic atrophy, a late form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reading ability is closely related to the altered retinal structure. This has been demonstrated by researchers from the… Source link

Why Is Dry Eye So Difficult to Treat?

Many people with dry eye feel misunderstood and unsatisfied with their treatment, a new survey shows. Here’s why treating the disease is so difficult and what ophthalmologists say could help. (Feed… Source link

Eye Exams May Help Identify Seniors at Risk of Dementia

Eye exams in aging adults may catch more than just vision problems. A new study bolsters evidence that certain types of vision problems may point to an elevated risk of dementia. The Academy recommends all healthy… Source link

Early Signs of Heart Disease Appear in the Eyes

Eye doctors may be able to detect signs of heart disease during a comprehensive eye exam, experts say. A new study finds that people with heart disease tend to have retinas marked by evidence of eye stroke.  Eye… Source link

Toxic DNA Buildup May Drive Macular Degeneration

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research from the… Source link

EyeCare America: Healthy Eyes Happy Lives Infographic

One in six Americans age 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. The risk of eye disease increases with age, yet many… Source link

Most People Don’t Use Marijuana for Glaucoma, Study Shows

If perception is reality, then it’s a good idea to know what people think about marijuana’s role in glaucoma therapy. A team of ophthalmologists and epidemiologists in Colorado, one of the 34 states that have… Source link

Living Retina Achieves Sensitivity and Efficiency Engineers Can Only Dream About

If you wanted to design the most perfect, low-energy, light-detecting device for a future camera or a prosthetic retina, you’d reach for something called ‘efficient coding theory,’ to set out the array of sensors. Or you could just look at a mammalian retina. In a pair of papers on retinal structure, Duke University neurobiologists have […]

NIH-funded study shows screening device accurately detects amblyopia (lazy eye)

A handheld screening device that detects subtle misalignment of the eyes accurately identifies children with amblyopia (lazy eye), according to a study published in the Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. “The findings suggest that pediatricians and other primary care providers could use the device to catch  amblyopia at an early age […]

Being Diagnosed With Inherited Retinal Dystrophy

Read the story of a woman diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a type of inherited retinal dystrophy. Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of related eye disorders that cause progressive vision loss. These disorders affect the retina, which is the layer of light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye . In people with retinitis pigmentosa, vision […]

BEC Beauty: Why Evoke is the Best Anti-Aging Treatment in 2021

Research Study: Progression of Myopia in School-Aged Children After COVID-19 Home Confinement

A recent study has cited that there has been a significant decline in the vision of children. This is linked to the COVID-19 home confinement and additional screen time. The most common condition that has developed is Mytopia, also known as nearsightedness. The study indicated that younger children’s refractive status may be more sensitive to […]

Seeing Yellow Spots?

The eye is a complex and delicate structure. When light enters your pupil it gets focused through a lens before hitting your retina. There are unique cells in your retina that convert light into electrical signals that are sent to the brain via the optic nerve. Even slight damage to these complex systems can lead […]

Research Study: Vision Loss Can Effect Brain Function

A recent research study from the JAMA Network titled “Association of Vision Impairment With Cognitive Decline Across Multiple Domains in Older Adults” cites that vision loss can impact the health of the brain. These findings suggest that the association between vision and cognition differs by the measure of vision and that impaired contrast sensitivity is […]

The “COVID-Vision” Crisis

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people switched to working from home and virtual learning. This increased their screen time and hours spent on the computer each day. According to a report by Eyesafe, the average screen time per person rose 60% to more than 13 hours a day, in March 2020. Optometrists say they have […]

Myopia management: Looking after the “other” pandemic

Short sightedness – technically called myopia – affects around three in 10 adults in the UK. It means that distant objects can appear blurry whilst close work generally remains unaffected. On the face of it, this doesn’t sound worrying. However, myopia can create long-term eye health problems, and a recent study estimated that myopia will affect the […]

Low vision patients not routinely tested for dry eye disease despite high risk

Researchers conducted a retrospective chart review of randomly selected patients (aged 26 to 97 years) qualifying under the Quebec health insurance system as low vision, with a BCVA of 20/60 or less in at least one eye, visual field diameter of 60 degrees or those with hemianopsia. The final analysis included 201 adult patients, (mean […]

FACETITE Introduction

FaceTite is a new procedure that is comparable to a surgical facelift, without the large scars. FaceTite provides dramatic improvement in skin laxity on the face and neck, which was previously only attainable through a surgical procedure such as a facelift. FaceTite utilizes minimally invasive radiofrequency energy to melt fat and contour skin. LEARN MORE  

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MORPHEUS8: Introduction on Non-Surgical Enhancement

Morpheus8 is a “subdermal adipose remodeling device” (SARD) that pairs microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy to reach deep below the skins surface to remodel aging skin through the production of collagen and elastin. Unlike microneeding devices or stand-alone radio frequency treatments, Morpheus8 reaches a deeper level of skin with the advanced benefits of both technologies resulting in […]

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EVOKE: Revolutionary and Non-Invasive Facial Remodeling

Evoke is a revolutionary and non-invasive facial remodeling treatment that dramatically restores a youthful appearance. The treatment is one of a kind as it goes where no other non-invasive cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedure can—deep into the dermal layer and into the Fibro Septal Network (FSN). The fibrous bands are critical to the aging process as […]

Announcing Opening of BEC Beauty!

Belmont Eye Center is happy to announce the recent opening of our beauty clinic BEC Beauty! We will offer cutting-edge technologies to fight signs of aging and provide all over beauty enhancements. This includes Morpheus8, Facetite, Accutite, Botox, Dermal Fillers and Evoke.   Visit our webpage to learn more:

Cataracts Infographic

See below infographic on cataracts.

Nearsighted vs. Farsighted: How to Tell the Difference

Most visual difficulties can be attributed to nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or a combination of the three. It can be confusing to remember the differences between nearsightedness and farsightedness. In short, nearsightedness means the ability to see things nearby with relative clarity, while farsightedness is the ability to only clearly see objects that are far away. Learn the differences […]

Why Blurry Vision Occurs in People With Diabetes

When people have diabetes, it means that their bodies do not make enough insulin or insulin can’t be absorbed properly. This is known as high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. People with diabetes can also experience low blood sugar, which is called hypoglycemia.1 Along with blood sugar levels, diabetes can affect many organs and blood vessels […]

Blind man regains some vision, with help from light-sensing algal protein

A blind man who received a gene for a light-sensing algal protein can now see and touch objects with the help of special goggles, researchers reported recently. His vision gains are modest—he cannot see colors or discern faces or letters. But if the treatment helps other study participants, it may offer advantages over other vision […]

Commit to Improving Your Vision for Healthy Vision Month

Did you know more than 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam? Getting regular eye exams can catch vision problems early, when they may be easier to treat. That’s why NEI is interested in making vision health a priority, by encouraging adults to take action to protect their vision and inspiring health […]

Diet Tips to Keep Your Vision Healthy

Good eye health starts with taking care of your body. Key nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. To get them, fill your plate with key essentials such as:   Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards […]

May is Healthy Eye Vision Month: 20/20/20 Trick

May is Healthy Eye Vision Month. Between work, virtual learning, and keeping up with loved ones, the past year has meant more screen time for many of us — and that can lead to eye strain. So give those eyes a rest with the 20/20/20 trick!   Between work, virtual learning, and keeping up with loved ones, the […]

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Scientific Resources from Women in Ophthalmology

In celebration of Women Eye Health and Safety Month, learn about some interesting scientific resources from Women in Ophthalmology:

April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month: What You Need to Know

April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month. Why devote extra attention to the issue? Women are at greater risk for some eye diseases than men. According to recent studies published in The Lancet Global Health, women carry the greater burden of visual impairment for the majority of diseases studied. There are several potential reasons for […]

Is Dark Mode Better for Your Eyes?

The default setting on most devices is to display black text on a white background. Setting your device to dark mode means that it will display white text on a dark background. Dark mode is intended to reduce blue light exposure and help with eye strain that comes with prolonged screen time. There’s no definitive […]

Neuroscientists Unveil Tech for the Vision Impaired: Bionic Eyes, Textured Tablets and More

Devices shift away from Robocop-like wearables to simpler, more accessible assistive solutions There are many, many wearable and portable devices aimed at improving life for the blind and visually impaired (in some cases, even restoring vision). Such devices have been developed for pretty much every part of the body: fingers, wrists, abdomen, chest, face, ears, […]

Johnson & Johnson Vision Receives Approval of World’s First and Only Drug-Releasing Combination Contact Lens for Vision Correction and Allergic Eye Itch: ACUVUE® Theravision™ with Ketotifen

– The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has approved the first combination contact lens that provides vision correction and an antihistamine drug to help relieve symptoms for people experiencing itchy allergy eyes: ACUVUE® Theravision™ with Ketotifen. – This is the first regulatory approval by any health authority for the novel technology, which […]

Is It Safe to Drive with Vision in Only One Eye?

If you only have vision in one eye, you can still drive a noncommercial vehicle in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, to drive a noncommercial vehicle, you must still pass an eye exam, and prove that you have adequate peripheral vision for driving. In some instances, you may also be able to operate […]

Ageing and vision loss: looking to the future

With an ageing global population, vision impairment has risen to the forefront as a pronounced public health concern. In 2020, 1·1 billion people had distance vision impairment or uncorrected presbyopia. By 2050, this figure is expected to increase to 1·8 billion people. Common causes of vision impairment, including cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, […]

Eye health and the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

Being blind in a pandemic creates all kinds of problems. Social distancing, and the 6 feet (2 metre) rule, is not so easy if you cannot see. Those of us who are blind rely on other senses, like our hearing or touch, to compensate. That’s not so easy either if we are isolated from each […]

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VIDEO: Research Eye Stem Cell Transplant To Treat Blindness

COVID-19 Dry Eye Effect

Did you know that wearing a face protective mask could be causing dry eye? In short, the air you exhale while wearing a mask needs to go somewhere. If a mask sits loosely against your face, the air is likely going up and out of the top of the face mask and then over the […]

What to know about eye pain

Many different conditions can be linked to eye pain. Many are not serious and can be treated at home. However, it is important to be educated for serious symptoms that may require emergency medical care. LEARN MORE ABOUT EYE PAIN  

Are You an Eye Trivia Expert?

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February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many older adults in your community. Low vision can make it hard to do things like reading, shopping, cooking, or writing. And it can’t be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery. But there’s good news! Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision stay independent and make the most of their […]

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