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Cataract patients happier when preop fasting is eliminated

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) guidelines were updated in 2011 to require fasting before undergoing general anesthesia to reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonia. However, fasting doesn't guarantee gastric emptying.

Deficiency in Vitamin B12 can cause vision problems

A deficiency in vitamin B12 leads to many health issues and one of those issues is damage to the nervous system including damage to the optic nerve. B12 deficiency disrupts the nervous signal traveling from the eye to the brain causing a condition [...]

New treatment for diabetic retinopathy enters Phase II Trial

REGENXBIO has announced the start of Phase II trial for its RGX-314 to treat chronic retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy and wet macular degeneration. RGX-314 is administered via SCS Microinjector for targeted delivery of gene therapy [...]

Study shows a majority of diabetics failing to get regular eye exams

A large study conducted by the Wills Eye Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that most diabetics do not have yearly eye exams despite being at an increased risk of developing serious eye diseases. 

FDA approves Eysuvis as Dry Eye Treatment

Kala Pharmaceutical announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Eysuvis for the short-term treatment of dry eye syndrome. Unlike other prescription therapies, Eysuvis is a corticosteroid, Corticosterioids are commonly used as [...]

Simple treatment for those who suffer from pattern glare

People who feel discomfort when looking at a particular pattern or design suffer from a condition known as pattern glare. Symptoms of pattern glare are headache, eye-pain, light sensitivity and nausea. Symptoms are caused when the offending patterns [...]

Intravitreal injections linked to increased risk of posterior capsule rupture in cataract surgery

Cataract surgery comes with some risks and posterior capsule rupture (PCR) is one of those common complications. Patients who have received multiple intravitreal injections may face an increased risk of experiencing posterior capsule rupture years [...]

New wearable device aids dry eye sufferers

A new wearable eyelid device that is blink-assisted can help those suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) in dry eye syndrome patients. The device addresses the underlying cause of dry eye by using targeted and adjustable thermal energy [...]

Eating healthy foods benefits vision

The old adage, "You are what you eat", does ring true when it comes to your eye health. Paying attention to what you what you put on your plate can help protect your eye health.

Eyedrops may reduce vision loss due to retinal vein occlusion

Researchers are currently testing new eyedrops that have the potential in preventing vision loss from retinal vein occlusion. The team at Columbia University Irving Medical Center published their findings in Nature Communications.

Popular Bladder Drug Linked to Serious Vision Problems

New evidence shows that the drug commonly prescribed to treat interstitial cystitis or bladder inflammation, Elmiron, may cause serious vision problems. It has specifically been linked to pigmentary maculopathy.

Epimacular Brachytherapy Not Beneficial in Treating Wet Macular Degeneration

Wet macular-degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Europe and North America and anti-VEGF injections are the main therapies used to treat the disease. Epimacular Brachytherpay (EMB) was developed as a possible alternative treatment for [...]

Contact Lens Tracks Diabetes

While contact lenses are known to help correct vision, researchers have developed a contact lens that checks blood sugar levels and delivers drugs to the eye to treat diabetic retinopathy. Studies conducted on rabbit test subjects have been positive [...]

Your eyes benefit from exercise

Most people are well aware of the numerous benefits that exercise has on physical and mental well-being but new research suggests that exercise is beneficial in maintaining ocular health as well. Exercise was found to slow or prevent macular [...]

Higher incidence of depression among people with diabetic retinopathy

Patients dealing with diabetic retinopathy are more prone to depression than the general population according to findings from researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Data from over 95,575 patients over the age of 18 was [...]

No increased risk for stroke in ranibizumab patients

Researchers recently examined patient records to see if there was any link between an increased risk of stroke or acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and the use of ranibizumab (Lucentis) in patients being treated for exudative age-related macular [...]

Molecule may play a role in macular degeneration

Researchers have discovered a molecule known as interleukin-4 (IL-4) that is supposed to be anti-inflammatory and suppress blood vessel growth, but may actually do the opposite in people who have macular degeneration. A team of researchers at the [...]

Reprogramming skin cells may hold key to future of retinal transplants

A new technique has been developed by researchers to directly reprogram skin cells into light-sensing rod photoreceptors. This revolutionary technique would remove the need for stem cells. 

Tooth enamel protein responsible for dry macular degeneration deposits?

Amelotin is a protein that is associated with tooth enamel. It causes the formation of mineralized calcium in tooth enamel. Researchers are finding that it may also be responsible for calcium deposits in the back of the eye that are found in people [...]

Gland in eyelid plays role in blood glucose levels

A study that will be published in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society sheds light on a possible link between the loss of the gland in the eyelid that helps to lubricate the eye and elevated blood glucose levels in [...]

Cataract surgery patients who take prescription opioids face increased risk of complications

Researchers from the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University conducted a cross-sectional retrospective cohort study that compared prescription opioid users and non-prescription opioid users who underwent cataract surgery by a single surgeon [...]

Coronavirus and Your Eyes

It's easy to take a virus that has only struck 4,744 people (as of March 16, 2020) in a country of 320 million. Until you look at the rate of replication.

Seniors benefit from yearly eye exams

Swedish researchers examined 1,200 adults over the age of 70 who were satisfied with their vision and found that over 60% of the subjects could greatly improve their vision by getting prescription lenses or updating their current prescription.

Increased stroke risk tied to diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics often suffer from diabetic retinopathy which damages the small blood vessels in the retina. This damage can lead to blindness and has also been linked to an increased risk of heart attack. Now researchers are finding a link to an increased [...]

Self-moisturizing contact lens helps dry eye symptoms

A revolutionary self-moisturizing contact lens has been developed by researchers at Tohoku University in Japan. The smart contact lens utilizes electro-osmotic flow to maintain a layer of fluid between the contact lens and the eye.

5 Healthy Habits to Help You Live Longer

A research team led by Harvard scientists has compiled a list of five habits that will potentially lead to people living longer and living free of the three chronic diseases: heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. The report they published this [...]

Smart contact lens under development

How far can technology take vision? South Korean researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology have created a soft contact lens prototype that may be able to monitor eyes for possible vision problems or even act as a delivery [...]

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea are a Bad Mix

New research shows that diabetics with sleep apnea are at high risk of developing an eye condition that can lead to vision loss and blindness. The eye condition is diabetic macular edema, and the study, conducted in Taiwan, found that the degree of [...]

Eye injuries from BB and Paintball rise dramatically

While BB guns and paintball gums are often dismissed as harmless toys, these "non-powder" guns can actually cause serious, life-changing injuries and the cases of these injuries have risen dramatically in recent years. Despite the overall rate of [...]

3 Steps to success with Macular Degeneration

For patients dealing with age-related macular degeneration, making a change in diet, adding an AREDS2 supplement as part of the daily routine and taking advantage of specific diagnostic testing can help prevent the disease from progressing further.

Diabetic patients benefit from intravitreal bevacizumab injections after cataract surgery

Diabetic patients who undergo cataract surgery may lessen the likelihood of macular edema by undergoing post-op injections of intravitreal injections of bevacizumab. Diabetic patients are at an increased risk of developing cataracts and in fact, 20% [...]

Artificial Intelligence can Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

A simple 10 minute test conducted by your eye care provider can detect diabetic retinopathy. The diagnostic test uses Artificial Intelligence to look for signs of diabetic retinopathy. The IDx-DR system was approved last year by the U.S. Food and [...]

9 Risk Factors for Poor Vision in Children

Vision problems are often associated with adults but children can be affected by vision problems as well and there are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood that a child will develop vision problems.

Human brains more sensitive to sounds than monkeys

Curious as to how human brains process auditory stimuli when compared to primates such as the rhesus macaques, researchers from MIT and the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research studied three rhesus macaques and four human participants.

Keep an eye on your eye health

Getting an annual eye exam is not something that most Americans do. In fact, only 50 percent do. But an annual eye exam can not only help keep your vision sharp, it can also catch early signs of disease and other issues before they become larger [...]

Don't wear your contact lenses in the water!

The New England Journal of Medicine recently detailed the case of a woman in the U.K. who was diagnosed with Acanthamoeba Keratitis, a rare eye infection causing corneal disease that can lead to permanent vision loss. The woman contracted the [...]

Avoiding Eye Injuries in Tennis

Tennis is not ordinarily a sport that people equate with a risk of eye injuries. But the 2019 men' WImbledon doubles championship match revealed the pain and risk of not wearing protective eyewear or sunglasses when playing tennis.

Eye health tied to brain health

A long-term study known as the Adult Changes in Thought Study is a cohort study that focused on dementia and Alzheimer's. The study was launched in 1994 by researchers at Washington Health Research Institute and the University of Washington and [...]

Does your Eye Vitamin have what's on the label?

VisiVite regularly tests its competitors’ products, and the results are often not pretty. This is especially true of the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.

What Causes Eyelid Twitching?

Symptoms of fluttering or twitching of the eyelids is common. Usually affecting only one side of the face. the pulsing can be mild and intermittent, or severe and constant.

Non-surgical cataract treatment option

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide and millions of people with cataracts do not have the access or means to undergoing cataract surgery. Researchers are developing lutein eyedrops that may offer a non-surgical solution to [...]

Seniors with vision loss at higher risk of anxiety and depression

Do cataracts that reduce vision cause anxiety and depression? Recent study findings published in JAMA Ophthalmology point to an increased risk of anxiety and depression amongst senior citizens who suffer from vision loss. In addition, patients who [...]

Caffeine protects against cataract formation

Does caffeine enter the lens of the eye? If so, that would explain how drinking caffeine might offer protection against the development of cataracts. The results of a study were shared at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons [...]

Lighting up reduces color vision

In addition to having a huge impact on cardiovascular and pulmonary health, indulging in a smoking habit can also affect a person's ocular health. The study, published in Psychiatry Research, took a look at the impact that heavy smoking has on color [...]

Macular Degeneration Anti-VEGF Injections do not raise risk of stroke or death

A recent study concluded that anti-VEGF therapy for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD) does not increase the risk of stroke, myocardial infarction or death. The retrospective study results were published in the online edition of JAMA [...]

Eye and Body Health - Without the Alcohol

One of the mysteries of aging was that the French people, despite a diet rich in fat and having among the highest percentage of smokers in the world, lived longer than many of their counterparts living in “healthier” countries. The differences [...]

Hyacinths hold hope for blindness cure

The fragrant loveliness of the humble hyacinth may prove to yield the cure for different causes of blindness. Researchers from the University of Surrey, Kingston University and Indiana University have discovered that homoisoflavonoids, which are [...]

Ophthalmology Takes on Congress

More than 400 ophthalmologists belonging to the American Academy of Ophthalmology traveled to Washington. DC, to meet with their local members of Congress.  The purpose of this trip was to make the lawmakers aware of the unnecessary roadblocks many [...]

How Safe are Eyelash Extensions?

One of today's hottest trends is eyelash extensions. What fashion-forward woman would not want to wake up with long beautiful lashes, kissing the mascara wands goodbye? But this luxury does not come without potential risks. Eyelash extensions have [...]

Eggs-actly - Macular Degeneration risk reduced with egg intake

Eating a serving of eggs a few times a week may be exactly what you need to help maintain ocular health as you age according to a new study in the journal, Clinical Nutrition.   The authors found that eating at least two eggs in a weekly diet helped [...]

Opposite Results: Do Calcium Supplements Increase Macular Degeneration Risk?

Previous studies have pointed to daily calcium doses being linked to increased risk of macular degeneration, a potentially blinding condition of the eye. But a new National Institutes of Health study states that calcium supplementation is not a risk.

Glaucoma - The Sneak Thief of Sight

Imagine an eye disease that causes no symptoms, permits people to have 20/20 vision, and has nothing to do with whether you wear eyeglasses or not. And it can make you go blind.

Vision loss from by stroke may be reversible

Many stroke victims experience vision impairment following their stroke. A new study offers hope that this impairment may be reversible. Vision impairment following a stroke is estimated to affect almost 60% of stroke victims.

LASIK does NOT cause Depression

Recently, there was a news story about a young, beautiful meteorologist who took her own life after suffering the side effects from SMILE eye surgery.  SMILE stands for "small incision lenticular extraction," in which the vision is corrected by [...]

The Art of Synesthesia

Last week, I was reading an article written about a 28 year-old artist from Kansas City, Missouri who claims that she can see music in colors.  She makes a living painting pictures for people of their favorite songs. 

Smoking Damages Vision

A recent study provides yet another reason for smokers to kick the habit: Smoking damages your vision. The study, published in Psychiatry Research, found that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can cause eye damage.

At what age is it time to turn in the car keys for good?

Eleven years ago this week, my best friend from grade school lost her son. He and his best friend were killed by an 84 year-old driver who probably should not have been behind the wheel.  

SAVE $10 on The Secret to Long Life in France?

Resveratrol, and The Goddess of Longevity Among VisiVite's most popular once-daily supplements is Reziva® trans-resveratrol. The name, Reziva comes from Ziva, the Slavic goddess of longevity.

Device will allow test driving multifocal intraocular lens implants

Scientists at the Spanish Research Council have created a lightweight binocular visual simulator known as the SimVis that allows cataract patients to get a realistic idea of what their vision will be like after receiving a multifocal lens.

Stem Cell Treatment For Eye Diseases - Promises and Dangers

In a report in The Scientist magazine published in May 2017, a writer described that three women were blinded when they were given a procedure where their own adipose stem cells were injected into their eyes. Stem cell treatments like this are [...]

Crying in the Eye Doctor's Office

Some days, working as a Technical Coordinator for a high level Ophthalmologist in the New York area can be quite emotional.  The word "Tears" comes up quite frequently in my daily routine.  "My eyes tear too much"  "My eyes feel dry, like I have no [...]

Fear of Vision Loss

On a daily basis, my patients, especially those 60 years and older, worry and wonder whether they will be able to see well, or see at all, throughout the rest of their remaining lives. Yesterday in my office, two patients openly cried, for different [...]

Reduction in eye pressure sustained after laser cataract surgery

Traditional cataract surgery has often times been used to manage high Intraocular eye pressure (IOP) associated with glaucoma. However, when it comes to laser cataract surgery, the effects it has on IOP in the long-term had not previously been [...]

Dry Eye, Simply Explained

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has put out a 1-minute, easy-to-understand video about Dry Eye. It shows omega 3 therapy, as our found in Visivite's two dry eye formulas: The patented 4-capsule per day Dry Eye Relief TG-1000 and the 2-capsule [...]

Winter Dry Eye Relief - Save $10 through Jan 31st

Enjoy a $10 discount off a single bottle of VisiVite Dry Eye Relief TG-1000 by clicking THIS LINK. Your discount will automatically be applied during checkout. Many people know that their dry eye and dry skin are worse in winter, but they don't know [...]

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Known as the "silent sneak of sight" because it causes no pain or symptoms until it is in its late stages, glaucoma is a prevalent and devastating visual disease.

4 New Year's Resolutions for Eye Health

1. Eat Right Eating a sugary, fried and red meat diet isn't just bad for your heart and longevity. The same foods that trigger inflammatory mediators in the rest of your body adversely affect the delicate tissues of the eye, especially the macula [...]

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Embarrassed you don't know AREDS 2?

Don't be ashamed. Your friends are talking about AREDS 2 for eye health, and you nod your head, pretending to know all about it.

Diabetic? Get your eyes checked!

Whether you wear eyeglasses or not does not determine your eye health. And this is especially true with diabetics, who frequently make the mistake of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Many diabetics merrily go along without checking their blood [...]

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URGENT - Romaine Lettuce Warning

On November 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM ET, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an absolute edict against eating ANY Romaine lettuce. This is a result of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7.
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