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Keyword: cataracts

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  • SECOND NEW EYE UNWRAPPED

    06/20/2012 9:23:42 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 61 replies
    self | June 20, 2012 | swampsniper
    Just back from the doctors office, got the wrapper off of my left eye. When everything settles down I'm gonna have close to 20/20 in both eyes!It's a different world and it sure is pretty!
  • POSTING WITH THE NAKED EYE

    05/31/2012 1:35:04 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 57 replies
    self | May31, 2012 | swampsniper
    Lat Tuesday I had the cataracts in my right eye removed and a new lens implanted. I checked in yesterday to get the wrappings removed.It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I had no clue just how nearly blind I was. I can close my "new" right eye and the view I get from the cloudy left is dismal, before surgery my left eye was the best. I napped a lot yesterday, at first I couldn't quite get my vision right, but every time I woke up things were a little bit clearer. This morning is...
  • Scientific evidence supports effectiveness of Chinese drug for cataracts

    01/12/2011 9:58:43 AM PST · by decimon · 20 replies
    American Chemical Society ^ | January 12, 2011 | Unknown
    Scientists are reporting a scientific basis for the long-standing belief that a widely used non-prescription drug in China and certain other countries can prevent and treat cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye that is a leading cause of vision loss worldwide. Their study appears in Inorganic Chemistry, an ACS journal. In the study, Tzu-Hua Wu, Fu-Yung Huang, Shih-Hsiung Wu and colleagues note that eye drops containing pirenoxine, or PRX, have been reputed as a cataract remedy for almost 60 years. Currently, the only treatment for cataracts in Western medicine is surgical replacement of the lens, the clear...
  • Bad News, and Some Good

    08/04/2010 6:03:43 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    self | August 04, 2010 | swampsniper
    I've been noticing some long distance vision problems for several months. I had an exam today, cataracts in both eyes. The doc says new specs will keep me going for a while but plan on surgery within 2 years or so.The good news is that there are no signs of glaucoma, and my optic nerves and arteries look good.I've probably been missing a lot, when your eyes just gradually start having problems you don't always notice how bad they are.
  • A Common Cholesterol Drug Fights Cataracts, Too (statins)

    02/09/2010 4:46:53 PM PST · by decimon · 7 replies · 317+ views
    American Friends of Tel Aviv University ^ | February 9, 2010 | Unknown
    Broad new TAU study finds statins cut cataract risk in men almost in halfStatins, a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels, have been successfully fighting heart disease for years. A new study from Tel Aviv University has now found that the same drugs cut the risks of cataracts in men by almost 40%. "Doctors have known for some time that there is some sort of preventative effect that statins have against cataracts," says Dr. Gabriel Chodick of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, who led the study....
  • Op Lets People Upgrade Their Eyes To HD

    12/05/2009 4:19:11 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 1,247+ views
    Sky News ^ | Thursday December 03, 2009 | Thomas Moore
    Patients are having their eyes fitted with an artificial lens that allows them to see in high definition. Surgeons begin the process by implanting the lens into the eye using the standard procedure for cataracts. Then, for the first time in Britain, they can fine-tune the focus of the lens several days later. The technique gives patients vision so sharp that it is even better than 20/20 - the best an adult can usually hope for. Bobby Qureshi, the first ophthalmic surgeon in the UK to use the lens, described it as "a hugely significant development". It can correct both...
  • More than meets the eye (Eye Doc is 'most popular author on death row')

    08/06/2007 4:52:18 PM PDT · by gobucks · 2 replies · 205+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 2 Aug 07 | John Barry
    The blue-masked man bends forward in his rolling chair, back stiff, eyes pressed to microscope. On his surgical table lies a woman wrapped in blue like a package, except for naked right eye, lid peeled back, pupil widely dilated, bathed in light. He is busy with two slender instruments. One obliterates a lens, opaque as butter. The other suctions out milky debris. He slips a tube into the same incision and deposits a folded thing that spreads like the wing of a moth. The folded thing becomes a clear lens. It all takes five minutes. The woman sees again. The...
  • Obesity can lead to blindness

    01/03/2006 6:08:35 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 723+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | January 2, 2006
    Overweight and obese people should be aware that their unhealthy lifestyle could put their eyesight at risk, scientists say. It is common knowledge that expanding waistlines are linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But research shows that obesity is also linked to eye problems, which could lead to loss of eyesight. Two Israeli ophthalmologists are now warning that the prospect of eye disease should also be a powerful incentive to lose weight. Professor Michael Belkin and Dr Zohar Habot-Wilner, from the Goldschleger Eye Institute at the Sheba Medical Centre, reviewed more than 20 studies involving thousands...
  • Statins may reduce risk of cataracts

    06/21/2006 12:25:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 491+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 20, 2006 | LINDSEY TANNER
    AP MEDICAL WRITER CHICAGO -- Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by millions of Americans, might also reduce the risk of cataracts, a preliminary study suggests. Adults who took statins were found to be 45 percent less likely to develop the most common type of age-related cataracts. Other researchers warned that something other than statins might explain the results and that the study does not prove cause-and-effect. The results were a surprise because of earlier concerns that some cholesterol medication might increase the risk of cataracts, a common clouding-over of the lens of the eye that can lead to poor vision...
  • Dark, Leafy Greens Help Shield Eyes from Cataracts

    12/03/2004 10:10:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 696+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Alison McCook - Reuters Health
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research provides further evidence that substances in kale, spinach and other green vegetables help protect aging eyes from cataracts. In an experiment, investigators found that human eye cells treated with antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin showed less damage after being exposed to ultraviolet rays, the sunlight ingredient considered a major contributor to cataracts. Cataracts occur when proteins in the eye's lens begin to clump together, forming a milky cloud that obscures vision. Currently, around 20 million Americans have cataracts, and research suggests that the more sunlight you are exposed to in life, the greater...
  • Sleek New Devices Help Low-Vision Patients See

    04/06/2004 12:46:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 165+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 6, 2004 | KENNETH CHANG
    With a stylish exterior of metallic blue and gray, the device looks like a personal digital assistant but slightly larger. Julius Mendalis, 84, a lawyer for the company that makes Arizona Iced Tea, paid $795 for this gadget, and he loves it, though he is not a man of technology, rarely uses computers and does not surf the Web. It is helping him read again. The Quicklook, an amalgamation of a tiny digital video camera and a four-inch liquid-crystal display screen, acts as an electronic magnifying glass, enlarging the text of a newspaper or a legal brief to an inch...
  • General Motors Plans Expansion to Launch Cadillacs in China

    11/04/2003 11:54:24 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 195+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/4/03 | Elaine Kurtenbach
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) - It's time for the communist cadres' Red Flag limos to pull over. Cadillacs are on the way. General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it plans to boost its manufacturing capacity in Shanghai by 50 percent to build Cadillacs, expanding its push into the luxury end of the world's fastest growing auto market. GM, which already markets Buicks and Chevrolets here, said it would sell both imported and domestically assembled Cadillacs. To meet rising demand, it plans to expand production capacity at its factories in Shanghai and in southern China. Producing Cadillacs inside China would allow customers to...
  • High dose asthma inhalers linked to cataracts

    09/18/2003 10:40:08 AM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 200+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 09/18/03 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    Using high doses of steroid asthma inhalers significantly increases the risk of developing cataracts, suggests a new UK study. People who used high doses of inhaled corticosteroids for a long time increased their chance of developing the eye disorder by nearly 70 per cent compared with those not on the drugs. Researchers compared the medical records of around 15,000 people with cataracts, with 15,000 people without cataracts from an electronic database run by British general practitioners. "People with cataracts were quite a lot more likely to be exposed to steroids - in particular high doses were quite strongly associated with...