Public service announcement encourages people to get tested for glaucoma
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  August 9, 2017  
  Ophthalmology / Optometry  
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 Public service announcement encourages people to get tested for glaucomaPublic service announcement encourages people to get tested for glaucoma
 
Upstate Medical University has produced a public service announcement that calls attention to the importance of being tested for glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
 
 
 UNC-Chapel Hill receives $1.6 million grant to help African-American patients with glaucomaUNC-Chapel Hill receives $1.6 million grant to help African-American patients with glaucoma
 
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant worth nearly $1.6 million over four years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help reduce vision problems in African-Americans caused by glaucoma.
 
   New LF-OCT technology enables more accurate imaging of cellular processes in the eyeNew LF-OCT technology enables more accurate imaging of cellular processes in the eye
 
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution live imaging technique that can be used for early detection of retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetes-related conditions, glaucoma or vascular occlusions, for example.
 
   Quantel Medical wins FDA approval for innovative Easyret photocoagulatorQuantel Medical wins FDA approval for innovative Easyret photocoagulator
 
Quantel Medical today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 25, 2017 for the innovative new Easyret fully integrated 577nm yellow photocoagulator, which is used to treat certain forms of macular edema and peripheral retinal pathologies.
 
   Blue light from digital devices decreases sleep qualityBlue light from digital devices decreases sleep quality
 
There's no doubt we love our digital devices at all hours, including after the sun goes down. Who hasn't snuggled up with a smart phone, tablet or watched their flat screen TV from the comfort of bed? A new study by researchers at the University of Houston College of Optometry, published in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, found that blue light emitted from those devices could contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction.
 
 Global blindness rates expected to soar within a few decades
 
Global blindness rates expected to soar within a few decadesBlindness is expected to become three times more prevalent across the globe within the next four decades, warn researchers. According to a study published in Lancet Global Health, an estimated 36 million cases of blindness in 2015 is set to rise to 115 million by 2050, if funding for treatment is not increased.
 
 
 Researchers receive $1.8 million grant to improve diabetes care for disadvantaged populations
 
Researchers receive $1.8 million grant to improve diabetes care for disadvantaged populationsResearchers from the University of Chicago Medicine have received a five-year, $1.8 million grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to develop a program that could help improve diabetes care for low-income racial and ethnic minority patients.
 
 
 Five things that parents should know about pediatric eye surgery requiring anesthesia
 
Five things that parents should know about pediatric eye surgery requiring anesthesiaHealthy eyes play an important role in a child's development, and sometimes more than just a new pair of glasses may be required.
 
 
 Cell signaling molecules may be key to repairing diabetic nerve injury
 
Cell signaling molecules may be key to repairing diabetic nerve injuryMolecules that help cells communicate with each other--called cytokines--might be the key to repairing diabetic nerve damage, according to a new study published in Experimental Neurology. painful side effects.
 
 
 SLUCare retina specialist shares tips to protect eyes while viewing historic eclipse
 
SLUCare retina specialist shares tips to protect eyes while viewing historic eclipseWith the first total eclipse of the sun in four decades less than a month away, the buzz is growing as schools announce they will close for the day, social gatherings are being planned and people are deciding on their "must see" viewing location.
 
 
 UAB specialists offer tips on eye safety while viewing the eclipse
 
UAB specialists offer tips on eye safety while viewing the eclipseWatching the captivating sight of the moon's passing between the sun and Earth, where the moon fully or partially covers the sun, could cause serious and potentially long-term harm to the eye if not viewed properly.
 
 
 Researchers rejuvenate plasticity of the mouse brain by manipulating one gene
 
Researchers rejuvenate plasticity of the mouse brain by manipulating one geneLike much of the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists at University of Utah Health report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex, increasing its ability to change in response to experience.
 
 
 Genetics of Eyesight
 
Genetics of EyesightEyesight refers to the capability of an individual to view things. The eyes collect the light from an object that is processed by the brain. The retina is a light-responsive layer that acts as a screen located at the back of each eye.
 
 
 Common Health Risks and Associated Symptoms of Diabetes
 
Common Health Risks and Associated Symptoms of DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects blood glucose control, and has become a growing problem across the world. From 1980 to 2014, the prevalence of diabetes grew from 4.7% to 8.5% worldwide, with the number of individuals affected by this disease increasing from 108 million to 422 million, respectively.