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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.
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

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]
Eylea receives Health Canada approval for treatment of CRVO and DME

Eylea receives Health Canada approval for treatment of CRVO and DME

Bayer Inc. announced today that it has received approval from Health Canada for Eylea (aflibercept, solution for intravitreal injection) for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). This new indication comes just six weeks following the October 16th approval of Eylea for the treatment of visual impairment due to macular edema secondary to central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). [More]
Massachusetts Eye and Ear offers femtosecond laser technology to Boston-area patients

Massachusetts Eye and Ear offers femtosecond laser technology to Boston-area patients

Patients choosing cataract surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear may now elect to have laser-assisted cataract surgery with the femtosecond LensSx® Laser. The hospital is one of the few in New England to offer the advanced technology, which enables surgeons to more precisely perform cataract surgery aided by a computer-controlled laser. [More]
Eye screenings of underserved populations reveal one in five has early stage diabetic retinopathy

Eye screenings of underserved populations reveal one in five has early stage diabetic retinopathy

Eye screenings of people with diabetes in underserved communities revealed that one in five had early stage diabetic retinopathy, according to a new study by a research consortium including investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. [More]
Leading causes of blindness can be detected by looking at how eyes respond to watching TV

Leading causes of blindness can be detected by looking at how eyes respond to watching TV

One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide could be detected by how our eyes respond to watching TV according to a new study from researchers at City University London. [More]
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