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Study evaluates cost-effectiveness of strategies to treat infant tear-duct obstruction

Study evaluates cost-effectiveness of strategies to treat infant tear-duct obstruction

ScienceDaily (May 9, 2011) — When infants’ tear ducts are blocked, the decision about when to intervene and the cost-effectiveness of doing so depend on how likely it is the problem will self-resolve, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Ophthalmology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. It is not uncommon for babies to be born with blockage of the tear ducts, a condition known as congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (NLDO). In many cases, the condition will resolve spontaneously by the time a child is one year old Continue reading

Gene therapy shows promise against age-related macular degeneration

Gene therapy shows promise against age-related macular degeneration

ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2011) — A gene therapy approach using a protein called CD59, or protectin, shows promise in slowing the signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new in vivo study by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine. Continue reading

Bioengineering students’ invention may help diagnose painful eye condition

Bioengineering students’ invention may help diagnose painful eye condition

ScienceDaily (Apr. 25, 2011) — Rice University bioengineering students responded to an ophthalmologist’s cry for help with a device to diagnose dry eye, the itching and burning sensation that results when a person doesn’t produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. A team of five seniors made a portable unit that controls the air around a patient’s eyes so doctors can study and treat those who suffer from this painful condition Continue reading

Innovative technique gives vision researchers insight into how people recognize faces

Innovative technique gives vision researchers insight into how people recognize faces

ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2011) — It is no surprise to scientists that the largest social network on the web is called Facebook. Continue reading

New device holds promise of making blood glucose testing easier for patients with diabetes

New device holds promise of making blood glucose testing easier for patients with diabetes

ScienceDaily (Mar. 15, 2011) — People with diabetes could be helped by a new type of self-monitoring blood glucose sensor being developed by Arizona State University engineers and clinicians at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Continue reading

New device holds promise of making blood glucose testing easier for patients with diabetes

New device holds promise of making blood glucose testing easier for patients with diabetes

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Drop in temperature may explain the increase in dry eye suffering

Drop in temperature may explain the increase in dry eye suffering

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Identification of glaucoma gene brightens view for future therapies

Identification of glaucoma gene brightens view for future therapies

ScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2011) — Glaucoma — a leading cause of vision loss and blindness worldwide — runs in families. A team of investigators from Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida has identified a new candidate gene for the most common form of the eye disorder, primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) Continue reading

Obese women may be less likely to develop glaucoma

Obese women may be less likely to develop glaucoma

ScienceDaily (Feb. 14, 2011) — Obesity may be associated with higher eye pressure and a decreased risk of open-angle glaucoma in women but not men, according to a report posted online February 14 that will appear in the May issue of Archives of Ophthalmology. Continue reading

Obese women may be less likely to develop glaucoma

Obese women may be less likely to develop glaucoma

ScienceDaily (Feb. 14, 2011) — Obesity may be associated with higher eye pressure and a decreased risk of open-angle glaucoma in women but not men, according to a report posted online February 14 that will appear in the May issue of Archives of Ophthalmology. Continue reading