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A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.
Many Medicare patients undergo unnecessary routine preoperative tests before cataract surgery

Many Medicare patients undergo unnecessary routine preoperative tests before cataract surgery

More than half of all Medicare patients who have cataract surgery undergo unnecessary routine preoperative testing, despite strong evidence that these tests are usually not beneficial and increase national health care costs, reports a study published on April 16 in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]

Haag-Streit Surgical receives FDA 510(k) clearance for intraoperative-OCT camera

HAAG-STREIT SURGICAL announced its intraoperative-OCT camera has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for marketing on the largest medical device market in the world. [More]
Omeros announces commercial availability of Omidria in U.S.

Omeros announces commercial availability of Omidria in U.S.

Omeros Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies and disorders of the central nervous system, announced today the nationwide commercial availability of Omidria (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1%/0.3%. [More]
UC Davis' John S. Werner wins 2015 Verriest Medal from International Colour Vision Society

UC Davis' John S. Werner wins 2015 Verriest Medal from International Colour Vision Society

John S. Werner, a UC Davis neuroscientist and international authority on visual perception, has been selected to receive the 2015 Verriest Medal from the International Colour Vision Society for his contributions to understanding the structural and functional basis of color vision, how and why vision changes across the life span, and factors that contribute to loss of vision associated with disease. He will receive the award at the society's biennial symposium in Sendai, Japan, in July. [More]
Study sheds light on cataract development

Study sheds light on cataract development

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). [More]
IRIDEX's new Cyclo G6 laser system now available for treatment of patients with glaucoma

IRIDEX's new Cyclo G6 laser system now available for treatment of patients with glaucoma

IRIDEX Corporation announced the first commercial sales of its new Cyclo G6 laser system, designed to treat patients diagnosed with a range of glaucoma disease states. The Cyclo G6 system includes a glaucoma dedicated laser along with a family of single use probes, including the newly patented MicroPulse P3 disposable. [More]
Medicine-loaded nanoparticles could help patients achieve corneal transplant success

Medicine-loaded nanoparticles could help patients achieve corneal transplant success

There are about 48,000 corneal transplants done each year in the U.S., compared to approximately 16,000 kidney transplants and 2,100 heart transplants. Out of the 48,000 corneal transplants done, 10 percent of them end up in rejection, largely due to poor medication compliance. This costs the health care system and puts undue strain on clinicians, patients and their families. [More]
Severe mortality-associated diseases less prevalent in members of long-lived families

Severe mortality-associated diseases less prevalent in members of long-lived families

Recent research from the Long Life Family Study (LLFS) confirms that severe mortality-associated diseases are less prevalent in the families of long-lived individuals than in the general population. The Journals of Gerontology, Series A will publish these findings in the article titled, "Are Members of Long-Lived Families Healthier than Their Equally Long-Lived Peers? Evidence from the Long Life Family Study" on March 5, 2015. [More]
NHS savings plan led to cuts in some ‘ineffective’ treatments

NHS savings plan led to cuts in some ‘ineffective’ treatments

The drive to reduce NHS spending led to a drop in some treatments considered ‘low-value’, according to new research. [More]
Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of visual impairment due to Macular Edema secondary to Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO). [More]
IRIDEX Cyclo G6 Laser System receives FDA clearance for treatment of glaucoma

IRIDEX Cyclo G6 Laser System receives FDA clearance for treatment of glaucoma

IRIDEX Corporation today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its first laser system designed solely for use in treating glaucoma and its symptoms. Specifically, the Company was granted 510(k) clearance for the IRIDEX Cyclo G6 Laser System (with delivery devices). [More]

Abbott's new TECNIS Multifocal IOLs now available in the U.S. for people with cataracts

Two new intraocular lenses (IOLs) that restore vision to people with cataracts are now available in the United States. The new TECNIS Multifocal IOLs, developed by Abbott, provide people with cataracts options to have a full range of near, intermediate and distance vision, while customizing their treatment based on their personal vision needs and lifestyle. [More]

University of Colorado, Mile High Ophthalmics sign licensing agreement for new cataract surgery device

A new device designed to perform safer, more effective cataract surgery is going on the market following a licensing agreement between the University of Colorado and Mile High Ophthalmics LLC. [More]
TSRI researchers identify enzyme that produces inflammatory lipid molecules in the brain

TSRI researchers identify enzyme that produces inflammatory lipid molecules in the brain

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute has identified an enzyme that produces a class of inflammatory lipid molecules in the brain. Abnormally high levels of these molecules appear to cause a rare inherited neurodegenerative disorder, and that disorder now may be treatable if researchers can develop suitable drug candidates that inhibit this enzyme. [More]
DMEK eye surgery at University Hospitals makes a world of difference for Ohio resident

DMEK eye surgery at University Hospitals makes a world of difference for Ohio resident

"I was blind as a bat," said 73-year-old Parma, Ohio, resident John Barsa, who suffered from corneal edema, causing an abnormal accumulation of liquid in the eye leading to swelling of the cornea. [More]
FSH acquires VERION Image Guided System, LenSx Laser surgical technology

FSH acquires VERION Image Guided System, LenSx Laser surgical technology

Fresno Surgical Hospital today announced it has acquired the VERIONTM Image Guided System and LenSx Laser surgical technology. The hospital is the only area hospital to offer this ophthalmology surgical equipment. [More]

Exudation-free period key to cataract surgery success in AMD

Cataract surgery can benefit patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration previously treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factors if they have been treated and are exudation-free for more than 12 months, study findings indicate. [More]

Welch Allyn, LKC Technologies sign distribution agreement for RETeval DR screening device

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, and LKC Technologies, Inc., the worldwide leader in visual electrophysiology and inventor of the RETeval DR diabetic retinopathy assessment device announced an exclusive distribution agreement. [More]
Study explores association between statin use and cataracts

Study explores association between statin use and cataracts

Few classes of drugs have had such a transformative effect on the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as have statins, prescribed to reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. [More]

DEX implant improves visual acuity in patients with diabetic macular oedema

Patients with diabetic macular oedema benefit from intravitreal dexamethasone implants, a study shows, with the treatment improving best-corrected visual acuity with an acceptable safety profile. [More]
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