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  • Coffee Linked to Vision Loss

    10/05/2012 4:32:22 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 72 replies
    Healthline, Yahoo! Health ^ | Friday, October 5, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among men and women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. The research, published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, http://www.iovs.org/content/53/10/6427.abstract?sid=9dd04ef5-beba-4204-b980-19a9afd4a3aa linked heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee with increased likelihood of developing exfoliation glaucoma, an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness. Specifically, the researchers reported that adults who drank three or more cups of coffee daily were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma, compared to those who abstained from...
  • New evidence that green tea may help fight glaucoma and other eye diseases

    02/18/2010 10:42:44 AM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 529+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Feb 18, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases. It appears in ACS's bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Chi Pui Pang and colleagues point out that so-called green tea "catechins" have been among a number of antioxidants thought capable of protecting the eye. Those include vitamin C,...
  • Undoing the Damage of Glaucoma

    08/08/2009 1:54:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 614+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 3 August 2009 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge ImageReversible? Compared to a healthy eye (left), an eye with glaucoma (right) shows evidence of damage to the optic nerve (white region). Credit: Lambiase et al./PNAS In people suffering from glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve can slowly degrade peripheral vision and, in the worst cases, eventually lead to blindness. But eyedrops containing nerve growth factor (NGF)--a protein that promotes the survival and growth of neurons in the developing brain--appear to prevent nerve damage in rats and restore some vision in three human glaucoma patients, the authors of a new study claim. Not everyone thinks the reported effect...
  • FDA OKs 1st Eyelash Drug Latisse -- Promotes Long Lashes, inspired by glaucoma drug

    12/27/2008 1:14:29 PM PST · by Clairity · 12 replies · 2,495+ views
    WebMD ^ | Dec. 26, 2008 | Miranda Hitti
    The FDA has approved Latisse, the first drug to promote eyelash growth, according to Allergan, the company that makes Latisse. Latisse, which will be available by prescription starting in the first quarter of 2009, contains the active ingredient of the glaucoma drug Lumigan, which is also made by Allergan. Eyelash growth is a known side effect of Lumigan. But Lumigan and Latisse are used differently. Lumigan is an eyedrop, and Latisse gets dabbed along the lash line on the upper eyelids to promote longer, thicker, darker lashes. Allergan states that "Latisse users can expect to experience longer, fuller, and darker...
  • A Blind Eye to Prevention

    10/22/2007 10:10:57 AM PDT · by lward99 · 4 replies · 93+ views
    A Blind Eye to Prevention By DIANA FURCHTGOTT-ROTH October 22, 2007 Manhattan resident Debora Grobman, a former federal prosecutor and white-collar criminal defense lawyer, had no idea that she was gradually going blind. But in 2006 a routine eye exam revealed that she was suffering from glaucoma, a degenerative eye disease. Her future vision is now dependent on laser surgery — she had one operation last year and may have another — and a daily regimen of five different types of eye drops. Last week Ms. Grobman spoke at a Washington D.C. conference sponsored by the Glaucoma Foundation and the...
  • Study Finds Genetic Key to a Kind of Glaucoma

    08/10/2007 7:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 301+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 10, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers have discovered the genetic flaws that underlie a major type of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. By pinpointing what goes wrong, their finding may provide a basis for devising new treatments. The finding is part of a continuing wave of discoveries about the genes underlying common diseases. The wave began this spring as researchers reported the first results using a new device, DNA-scanning chips containing information on up to 500,000 genetically variable sites across the human genome. By comparing the genomes of patients with those of people in good health, researchers can identify which of the variable sites...
  • New Treatment For Glaucoma Shows Promise In Laboratory, Say Researchers

    08/03/2007 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 08.02.07
    Iowa State University researchers have developed a new technique that successfully treated rats for blindness caused by glaucoma. Their experimental treatment will be used on canine patients in the next year. If successful, it is expected to move to human trials.   An estimated 3 million people in the U. S. are affected by glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the developed world and the number one cause of vision loss among blacks. People with elevated intraocular pressure are at greatest risk for developing glaucoma. Iowa State researchers leading the six-year project are Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic, a veterinary ophthalmologist...
  • Zebrafish study may point way to blindness cure

    08/03/2007 4:29:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 276+ views
    yahoo ^ | 08.01.07 | Ben Hirschler
    The ability of zebrafish to regenerate damaged retinas has given scientists a clue about restoring human vision and could lead to an experimental treatment for blindness within five years. British researchers said on Wednesday they had successfully grown in the laboratory a type of adult stem cell found in the eyes of both fish and mammals that develops into neurons in the retina. In future, these cells could be injected into the eye as a treatment for diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes-related blindness, according to Astrid Limb of University College London's (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology. Damage to...
  • 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...
  • Drug approved to combat elderly blindness

    06/30/2006 8:56:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,117+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 30, 2006 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The first drug shown to significantly improve the vision of patients threatened by a major cause of blindness in the elderly won federal approval Friday. The drug, called Lucentis, treats the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, a disorder where blood vessels behind the retina leak blood and fluid, worsening vision and often causing blindness. An estimated 90 percent of the 1.4 million Americans who have lost their eyesight due to the disorder have the wet form. Lucentis, made by Genentech, Inc., a South San Francisco, Calif., biotechnology company, inhibits the growth of blood vessels when...
  • Computer addicts could go blind!

    11/16/2004 6:01:55 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 38 replies · 1,278+ views
    Newkerala ^ | November 16, 2004 | Health India
    A new research has found that constant use of computers may be linked to the development of a progressive eye disease, specially in shortsighted people, which eventually leads to blindness, according to a report published in the British Medical Journal. Glaucoma is a relatively common eye disease that develops very slowly, characterised by progressive sight defects or visual field abnormalities over time. Its exact cause is unknown, although potential risk factors, including smoking and high blood pressure, have been suggested. Researchers at the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo categorized the use of computers in blocks of five years,...
  • Heavy computer use tied to glaucoma

    11/15/2004 7:11:56 PM PST · by NCjim · 27 replies · 1,037+ views
    CBC News ^ | November 15, 2004
    Men who spend hours staring at a computer screen may be at increased risk for glaucoma, a disease that can cause blindness, Japanese doctors say. Researchers studied more than 10,200 workers with an average age of 43 for signs of glaucoma, a gradual disease of the optic nerve leading to loss of peripheral vision. The workers were randomly selected for testing at their medical check-up. Participants filled out questionnaires about their eye health and use of computers at home and in the office. Dr. Masayuki Tatemichi of Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo and his colleagues found one-third of...
  • 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...
  • Britain Poised to Approve Medicine Derived From Marijuana

    01/26/2004 11:08:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 220+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2004 | DAVID TULLER
    A marijuana-based medication for people suffering from multiple sclerosis and severe pain is expected to be approved for sale in Britain early this year, British officials say. The drug, Sativex, developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, a British company, is a liquid extract from marijuana grown by the company under license from the government. Developed to be sprayed under the tongue, it would be the first drug in recent decades to include all the components of the cannabis plant, advocates of medical marijuana say. The British agency that regulates pharmaceuticals does not like to discuss potential drugs before they are approved. The...
  • Tight Neckties Linked to Glaucoma Risk

    07/28/2003 5:47:53 PM PDT · by anymouse · 7 replies · 548+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/28/03
    Men should think twice about how tight they wear a necktie because it could increase their chances of developing glaucoma, a group of serious eye diseases. Research reported in the British Journal of Ophthalmology on Tuesday showed that a tight necktie raises blood pressure in the eye, which is a leading risk factor in the illness that can lead to damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision. "A tight necktie increases IOP (intraocular pressure) in both normal subjects and glaucoma patients and could affect the diagnosis and management of glaucoma," said Dr Robert Ritch of the New York...
  • New Glaucoma Treatment [Developed by an Israeli company]

    07/17/2003 9:39:27 AM PDT · by yonif · 7 replies · 286+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 15:39 Jul. 16, '03 / 16 Tammuz 5763
    Normally, glaucoma can be treated with medication or laser surgery; however, some cases are not responsive to these treatments. That is where Optonol’s patented Ex-PRESS Miniature Glaucoma Implant comes in. The treatment significantly reduces intra-ocular pressure, by ridding the eye of excess fluid, which does not drain normally in glaucoma sufferers. The device can also serve as an effective, long-term alternative to the traditional treatments. The Ex-PRESS implant - 3mm long, 400 microns in diameter - consists of a microscopic conduit that drains excess fluid out of the eye and harmlessly deposits it into the surrounding tissues. The resultant pressure...