Retinitis Pigmentosa Treatment or Cure Possible?

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In degenerative conditions like retinitis pigmentosa, the cells (mainly rods) which absorb light and convert the light energy into electrical energy gradually die. The resultant loss of vision is irreversible. For now, there is no treatment available for retinitis pigmentosa. Scientist all over the world are working on solutions to enhance vision and prevent blindness … Read more

Topical Anesthetics Can Be Used for Corneal Abrasions

Topical Anesthetics Can Be Used for Corneal Abrasions

Traditionally, anesthetic eye drops are not used to treat pain caused by corneal abrasion. The topical anesthetics like paracaine and proparacaine when instilled after a corneal abrasion provides relief from pain immediately but it is not prescribed for further use to prevent some possible complications. A review of some recent studies suggests that it may not … Read more

Can Zika Virus Cause Blindness?

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Zika virus is known for causing congenital abnormalities especially microcephaly in babies born to mothers who were infected with Zika Virus during pregnancy. The virus affects the eyes also. Some ocular manifestations are uveitis, chorioretinal atrophy, intraretinal hemorrhages, optic neuritis, iris colobomas and lens subluxation. Because of the variety of ocular tissues damaged by Zika virus, there … Read more

Multi-Pronged Approach to Treat Blindness Considered As Incurable

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This is not science fiction. The future is closer than we think. Dr. José-Alain Sahel, chairman of Pitt’s Department of Ophthalmology and director of UPMC Eye Center plans to treat blindness caused by diseases such as glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration by his research centred around three approaches: 1. Cameras and processors which … Read more

Eye Test to Detect Memory Problems and Dementia Early

Eye Test to Detect Memory Problems and Dementia Early

The results of a research done at Moorefields Eye Hospital in London was presented recently at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2016 in Toronto. The researchers have found a correlation between the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer with some measurable cognitive abilities. This makes sense because retina is an extension of the central … Read more

How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes Glaucoma

How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes Glaucoma

Scientists at Hokkaido University have found out how ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome’ (OSAS) causes glaucoma. OSAS is a condition in which the person’s breathing stops during sleep for a significant period of time because of upper airway obstruction. Glaucoma is a condition in which optic nerve is damaged irreversibly leading to visual field defects and … Read more

How to Prevent or Slow Down the Progression of Childhood Myopia or Short-sightedness

How to Prevent or Slow Down the Progression of Childhood Myopia or Short-sightedness

Myopia is a condition in which a person cannot see distant objects clearly. In children, it is caused by focusing on near objects like books and electronic devices for long periods. Prolonged near work causes the spasm of the focusing muscle or ciliary muscle in the eye. This is also associated with irreversible elongation of … Read more