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How Genetics Are Involved
Inherited retinal dystrophies are disorders agreed down through families. Learn how this affects which one you may have, diagnosis, and possible treatment.

Gene and Cell Therapies Used in action
Gene therapy offers new hope for people with some forms of inborn retinal dystrophy. Find out what’s available now and how to find a medical trial.

What Type of Inherited Retinal Dystrophy Do You Have?
Inherited retinal dystrophy affects your vision. Find out more about the common types.

Early Diagnosis and Why It Matters
For most types of inherited retinal dystrophy, there is no cure. Find out why early diagnosis is still critical for your quality of life.

Being Diagnosed With Inherited Retinal Dystrophy
Being diagnosed with a hereditary vision disease is life-changing. Learn how someone with retinitis pigmentosa manages life with low vision.

Caffeine May Raise Risk of Inherited Glaucoma
Caffeine might increase the risk of an eye disease in people who have a genetic susceptibility.

Gene Therapy Helps Blind Man Regain Some Sight
For the first time, doctors used a form of gene therapy to restore partial vision in a person who has been blind for 40 years.

New Hope Against a Rare but Incurable Eye Cancer
A cutting-edge experimental drug cuts nearly in half the risk of death among patients with a rare but aggressive cancer of the eye.

End Ban on Cornea Donations from Gay Men: Study
A corneal transplant can cure some forms of blindness and visual impairment. The United States bans men from donating if they have had gay sex in the past five years; Canada has a 12-month restriction.

Special Contact Lenses Help Kids’ Nearsightedness
Bifocal contacts with a powerful corrective prescription slowed the progression of nearsightedness in youngsters by 43% compared to single-vision contacts, the results showed.

Summer Eye Care
Follow these expert tips to protect your eyes from the summer sun.

CRISPR Used Inside Person’s Body For First Time
If initial attempts appear safe, doctors plan to test the procedure on 18 children and adults, the AP reported.

New Drug Could Help Stop Blindness From Thyroid Eye Disease
It’s the first treatment specifically approved for thyroid eye disease. The drug was approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It will be marketed under the brand name Tepezza.

Fatty Diets Tied to Vision Loss in Seniors
A study has linked diets high in red meat and fatty foods to age-related macular degeneration in seniors.

Twenty Years Later, LASIK Has Its Pros and Cons
In the 20 years since LASIK has been around, doctors in the U.S. have performed more than 19 million of these procedures. There haven’t been many high-quality, long-term studies done on the outcomes, but the research that does exist finds the procedure to be safe and effective.

‘Smart’ Contact Lenses Might Also Monitor Eye Health
A team of scientists in South Korea has packed incredibly small electronic circuitry, batteries and antennae into a soft contact lens. The goal: to check eyes for signs of vision trouble or help deliver medicinal eye treatments.

Vision Problems Strike More Than 2 Billion Globally
Untreated distance vision injury in low- and middle-income regions is about four times higher than in high-income regions, and $14.3 billion (U.S. dollars) is wanted to treat the 1 billion people with vision impairment or blindness due to cataracts, and short- and far-sightedness, the explanation said.

CRISPR to be Used to Fight a Type of Blindness
Even though they have normal eyes, patients with this type of blindness lack a gene that turns light into signals to the brain that enable sight, the Associated Press reported.

Eyedrops Sold at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Recalled
Altaire says the products, which are designed to be sterile, may not be, raising the risk of infections and even death, the FDA says.

Eye Injuries From Fireworks Have Nearly Doubled
The number of eye injuries caused by fireworks nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is urging Americans to take proper safety precautions this holiday.

LED Blue Light Poses Eye, Sleep Risks: Report
The blue light in LED lighting used in many consumer products may harm your sleep and pose a risk to your eyes, a new report warns.

Viral Post Shows Risk of Sleeping in Contacts
Sleeping in contacts — even those meant for extended wear — raises your risk of infection 6 to 8 times, but nearly one-third of wearers admit to doing it sometimes.

Study: Dry Eye and Migraines Might Be Linked
Doctors caring for people with a history of migraine headaches should be aware that they may be at risk for dry eye disease at the same time, researchers said.
Study: Heavy Smoking May Damage Vision
In a small new study, people who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day showed significant changes in their red-green and blue-yellow color vision and had greater difficulty seeing contrasts and colors than nonsmokers.

Wear Contacts 24/7? You Risk Infection, Blindness
Despite the introduction in the 1990s of silicone hydrogel contacts, which allow more oxygen to pass through, the overall risk of corneal infection has held steady over decades, experts say. About one in every 2,500 lens wearers is affected.

Change Within Eye A Hint of Macular Degeneration?
The investigators discovered that calcifications in the retina — the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye — raise the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Work Together With Your Uveitis Doctor
Good communication with your eye doctor is the key to successful uveitis treatment.

Did da Vinci’s Genius Stem From ‘Lazy Eye’?
A scientist believes that Leonardo da Vinci had strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes, which may have forced the artist to rely on only one eye, a perspective that may have been a creative boon.

Mediterranean Diet May Help Preserve Your Vision
The Mediterranean diet’s combination of fruits, legumes, whole grains, olive oil and fish seems to reduce the risk of late-stage age-related macular degeneration, a new study finds.

Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection
Cases of an eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis have tripled in southeast England since 2011, a new study found. For one in every four of people infected, the disease results in a loss of most of their vision or blindness, the research team said. It’s typically caused by poor contact lens hygiene.

Contact Lens Stuck Under Woman’s Eyelid for Years
Doctors determined she had a cyst. When they removed it, the cyst broke open and revealed a hard contact lens, according to a paper published recently in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

LASIK: Know the Rewards and the Risks
Around 9.5 million Americans have had LASIK surgery since it was first approved by the FDA in 1999. Around 600,000 LASIK surgeries are done each year, but that’s down from a peak of 1.4 million in 2000. It remains one of the most popular elective surgeries in the country, and its satisfaction rating among patients who’ve had the procedure is remarkably high.

Fireworks Nearly Cost This Fireman His Life
Fireworks were involved in an estimated 12,900 injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2017, and about 8,700 of those occurred during the weeks before and after the Fourth of July, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Laser Pointer Burns Hole in Boy’s Retina
Vision in the 9-year-old boy’s injured left eye is 20/100 and doctors who treated him said it’s not possible to restore normal vision to that eye. The boy’s right eye has 20/20 vision.

FDA Approves 1st Artificial Iris
The surgically implanted device can be used on adults and children whose iris is missing, has been damaged by a congenital condition called aniridia, or has been injured, the agency said in a news release.

A Bit of Dark Chocolate Might Sweeten Your Vision
The observed change in vision was small, but significant. However, the study authors stressed that it’s too early for ophthalmologists to recommend chocolate as medicine for the eyes.

FDA Approves Contact Lenses That Shade the Sun
A special additive automatically darkens the lenses when exposed to bright light, while they become clear again in normal or dark lighting conditions.

Stem Cells Show Promise For Macular deterioration
A new stem cell transplant might help preserve or even restore dream being lost to the dry form of age-related macular degeneration.

Patients Regain Sight From Stem Cell Transplant
Stem cells from a human embryo were changed into a patch of a specific type of eye cell and grown in the lab.

Ick! U.S. Woman Has First Case of Human ‘Eye Worm’
For days, the woman’s left eye felt forced. It felt like there was a hair or something in her eye.

How to Fight Dry, Itchy Eyes This Winter
Add dry eyes to the health woes of winter.

FDA OKs Gene Therapy for Rare Form of Blindness
It’s the first gene therapy approved in the United States for a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene, and only the third gene therapy ever approved.

Could a Hot Cup of Tea Preserve Your Vision?
The study of U.S. adults found that people who drank hot tea on a daily basis were 74 percent less likely to have glaucoma, compared to those who were not tea fans.

Staring at Solar Eclipse Burned Holes in Woman’s Retinas
A New York woman suffered severe vision damage after looking at the sun for 21 seconds during the eclipse without protective eyewear.

Staying Active May Lower Odds for Glaucoma
For each 10-minute increase in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week, the risk of glaucoma fell by 25 percent, according to the study.

Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses Are No Treat
If you’re tempted to buy Halloween-styled contact lenses without a prescription — don’t do it, eye experts warn.

Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention
The often-undetected eye condition could lead to school troubles

FDA Panel Supports Gene Therapy for Kids With Rare Eye Disease
If approved, it would be only the 2nd gene therapy OK’d in the United States

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