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  • Patients with hypotrichosis may experience significant eyelash growth, thickening with bimatoprost, researchers say

    Following a previous story, MedPage Today (3/12, Bankhead) reported that, according to clinical trial results presented at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting, “patients with skimpy eyelashes experienced significant growth and thickening when they applied bimatoprost (Latisse), a drug normally used to treat glaucoma.” Researchers from Therapeutics Clinical Research in San Diego, CA, explained that […]

    Continue Reading March 15, 2009

  • AOA’s InfantSEE program helps detect vision problems in children less than one year old.

    North Dakota’s Dickinson Press (3/6) reported that, according to optometrists, “catching sight problems early is best.” The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) InfantSEE program “helps detect vision problems in children less than a year old.” While “the program was launched in the summer of 2005,” some “are still unaware it exists.” Participating optometrists “volunteer their time […]

    Continue Reading March 9, 2009

  • Vigorous exercise may help prevent AMD, cataracts, studies suggest.

    Writing in the Los Angeles Times (2/10) Booster Shots blog, Jeannine Stein observed that, according to two studies published in the Jan. issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, “vigorous exercise…may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.” Both “studies looked at data from almost eight years of follow-up from the National Runners’ Health […]

    Continue Reading February 12, 2009

  • Cataract surgery may not increase risk of progressive age-related macular degeneration, study suggests.

    MedPage Today (2/2, Bankhead) reported that “cataract surgery does not increase the risk of progressive age-related macular degeneration,” according to a study published online in the journal Ophthalmology. Investigators “reviewed data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), which involved 4,577 patients (8,050 eyes) who were followed every six-months for as long as 11 years.” […]

    Continue Reading February 3, 2009

  • Glaucoma leading cause of irreversible vision loss in U.S

    In the Health News blog in Ohio’s Plain Dealer (1/7), Robert D. Newcomb wrote that in the U.S., “glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss.” It affects “more than three million Americans,” half of which “may not even realize they have the disease.” Those at highest risk for the condition include people over […]

    Continue Reading January 8, 2009

  • AOA recommends yearly eye exams.

    AOA recommends yearly eye exams.UPI (1/7) reports that people who have hyperopia (farsightedness) may need glasses if they “can…see far away objects clearly, but find close up ones blurry.” Other symptoms of hyperopia “include eyestrain, headaches, and excessive blinking.” Conversely, those whose “close-up vision is fine,” but whose “distance vision is less than perfect,” may […]

    Continue Reading January 7, 2009

  • CDC study predicts dramatic rise in diabetes-related vision problems

    MedPage Today (12/8, Phend) reported that, according to a study published in the Dec. issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, the “prevalence of retinopathy, glaucoma, and other vision problems related to diabetes” is “projected to rise dramatically over the next four decades.” For the study, Jinan B. Saaddine, M.D., M.P.H., of the Centers for Disease […]

    Continue Reading December 9, 2008

  • Contact Lens Contamination

    Contamination may be common in contact-lens storage cases, research suggests.HealthDay (11/27, Preidt) reported that, according to a study presented recently at an ophthalmology meeting, “contamination is common in contact-lens storage cases.” Researchers from the Soroka Medical Center in Israel conducted tests “of contact-lens disinfection solution in the storage cases” and discovered that “Pseudomonas — a […]

    Continue Reading December 1, 2008

  • AOA estimates 125 million Americans may suffer from computer-vision syndrome.

    In continuing coverage from a previous edition of First Look, the San Diego Union-Tribune (8/17, Somers) reported that, according to the American Optometric Association, “An estimated 125 million Americans suffer from what is now commonly referred to as…computer-vision syndrome.” Optometrist Jeffrey Anschel, O.D., pointed out that while “[t]he eye focuses on the hard edge of […]

    Continue Reading August 18, 2008

  • Half of U.S. adults may have clinically significant refractive errors

    MedPage Today (8/11, Bankhead) reported that nearly “half of all U.S. adults have clinically significant refractive error[s] in vision,” according to a study published in the Aug. issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. For the study, Susan Vitale, Ph.D., of the National Eye Institute, and colleagues, “analyzed 1999-2004” National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey […]

    Continue Reading August 14, 2008