Eye Health News

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RCNi: The flying nurses bringing eye health care to developing countries

Nurses who work aboard a charity’s flying eye hospital have spoken of their passion for helping children and adults in developing countries to avoid blindness.

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, an MD-10 jumbo jet, landed at Stansted Airport this week as part of a campaign to promote better healthcare in developing countries.

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US News: For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another

Drugs that preserve vision in people with the eye disease called age-related macular degeneration might increase the risk of another eye condition – glaucoma, a new study suggests.

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CBC: Implant offers new help for blurry close-up vision

Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who’s really a good candidate to toss their specs?

“It’s not bringing anybody back to being 20 again,” cautioned Dr. Shilpa Rose, a Washington ophthalmologist who tests whether patients’ eyes are healthy enough to qualify. “But it decreases the need to rush to get that pair of reading glasses every time you want to send a text or read an email.”

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Neurology Now: Poor Eyesight and Poor Brain Health May Be Linked In Older Adults

Almost 300 million people have some form of visual impairment whether age-related problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or cataracts or visual deficits from childhood that may get worse in old age.

Previous studies examined the link between visual impairment and physical health. Now a new long-term study of people with visual impairments examines the link between vision problems and changes in cognitive health.

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Radio Canada: Former refugee brings eye care to Syrian refugees

A series of one-day eye care clinics is bringing free eye care to Syrian refugees in the province of Ontario in a project initiated by a young medical student who was a refugee himself.

Tarek Bin Yameen, formerly from Yemen, was assisting a Syrian family resettle in northern Ontario. The church group sponsoring the family informed him that a six-year-old girl had an eye condition which, if left untreated, could lead to permanent vision loss.

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CBC: Canadian researchers develop eye drops that last longer

The eye does a good job of defending itself against foreign substances, and that includes important drops used to treat such conditions as dry eye or glaucoma.

Literally, in the blink of an eye, most of the medicine that goes in comes right back out.

With that in mind, researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton say they have developed a better way to deliver medicine to the surface of the eye.

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CBC: 5 things you should know about eye health and eye exams

Dr. Todd Wilbee is an optometrist who sees patients in Windsor and Essex County — including during the month of May, which is Vision Health Month.

He recently spoke to CBC Radio’s Windsor Morning about why it is important to go for eye exams and the kind of health problems that can be detected by professionals like himself.

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Toronto Sun: Turning a blind eye to vision care in Canada

Canada is failing to ensure everyone — especially children — has access to proper vision assessments and affordable corrective lenses, prominent pediatrician Lee Ford-Jones says.

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Healio: Risk for Vision Loss Remains High for Adults with Diabetes Worldwide

A quarter of people with diabetes surveyed are not discussing eye complications with their health care professional, with many presenting when vision problems have already occurred, according to recent study findings.

Experts from the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Bayer Pharma AG collaborated to conduct the DR Barometer Study, in advance of World Diabetes Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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Hindustan Times: Cataracts Up Depression Risk in Older Women

Older adults, especially women who have cataract, are more vulnerable to depression, claim researchers in a recent study published in the Optometry and Vision Science journal.

According to researchers from Soochow University in China, the link between cataract and depression is independent of other factors and appears strongest among older adults with lower education.

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Medscape: Eye is the Focus of World Diabetes Day in 2016

On World Diabetes Day, a consortium of international medical organizations is highlighting the fact that a quarter of people with diabetes are not discussing eye complications with their healthcare professional, despite a worldwide survey indicating that vision loss is feared twice as much as other common complications of diabetes.

Supported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), with funding from Bayer, the new Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer survey questioned almost 4340 adults with diabetes and 2329 healthcare professionals in 41 countries. Individual reports for specific countries are available here.

The results provide some unique insights into the current management of DR and diabetic macular edema (DME), especially with regard to access to eye exams and the knowledge of healthcare professionals when it comes to visual complications of diabetes.

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Ophthalmology Times: Care Lacking for Diabetic Eye Diseases Worldwide

Millions of adults around the world run the risk of losing their eyesight because of inattention to complications of diabetes, according to a team of international researchers.

“A quarter of people with diabetes surveyed are not discussing eye complications with their health care professional, with many presenting when vision problems have already occurred,” the report said.

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