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Cutting Corneas Can Save Eyes

Currently there's a shortage of donor corneas for those that need a transplant.  But a new procedure to help restore vision for two different corneal diseases may also address this supply problem. Two specific diseases, keratoconus and Fuch's dystrophy, affect different layers of the the cornea.  After the part of the cornea needed to treat [...]

By |February 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nonprescription "Circle Lenses" Prompt Concerns Of Vision Impairment

The Chicago Tribune (1/14, Stein) reports that "circle lenses," the contacts shaped like abnormally large eyes that have proven popular with teenage girls in Asia, are now "hitting American shores, where over-the-counter sales of nonprescription cosmetic contact lenses are illegal." The improperly fitting contacts have drawn scrutiny over fears that they "can cause short- or [...]

By |January 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

UK Eye Expert Calls For More Patients To Be Made Eligible For Keratoprosthesis

The UK's Daily Mail (12/23) reported that, according to UK eye expert Sheraz Daya, "more patients who have been left blind after damage to their corneas could be helped with artificial eye implants." Daya "has called for patients whose sight has not improved through either transplants or stem cell treatment to be made eligible for [...]

By |December 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Scariest Word in Eye Care

Astigmatism – a long, hard to pronounce word that strikes fear to the faces of patients every day.  Follow up questions include, “Am I going to go blind?” Rest assured, astigmatism is not a disease or pathology, it is simply a condition that causes blurry vision quite similar to nearsightedness or farsightedness.  In fact, astigmatism [...]

By |December 20th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stem Cells Grown on a Contact Lens May Restore Vision

Image via Wikipedia Stem cells that have been grown on contact lenses could be a cure for a common cause of blindness, claim scientists. Australian researchers said that this breakthrough could "dramatically improve" the vision of patients with damage to their cornea, the clear front surface of the eye, caused by disease or injury. The [...]

By |November 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We're One Step Closer to 'The Terminator' With Artificial Corneas

For the first time, corneas created in the lab have been successfully transplanted and have the potential to restore sight to millions of visually impaired people waiting for transplants from human donors, researchers say. "This is the first time we have been able to regenerate a cornea in humans,” said researcher May Griffith, PhD, of the [...]

By |November 10th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Vision Correction Options for Baby Boomers on the Horizon

Presbyopia - the unavoidable age related condition that affects everyones near vision at some point in their lives.  Usually after your 40th birthday, it becomes increasingly difficult to see up-close objects and text, with more than 60 million people in the United States facing this condition.  As of now, your vision correction options are limited [...]

By |October 22nd, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Solution to Contact Lens Trouble

At Clarin Eye Care Center, we often recommend multipurpose contact lens solutions such as Alcon's OPTI-FREE RepleniSH, AMO Complete or the new BioTrue from Bausch + Lomb.  However, according to a study in the Archives of Ophthalmology, the incidence of complications from wearing contact lenses was lowest with a hydrogen peroxide based solution, such as Clear Care. [...]

By |October 20th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lower Your Risks

Did you know that sleeping in your contact lenses is the single biggest risk factor for contact lens-related complications?  Everyday I see patients with red, painful eyes due to over wearing their contact lenses.  Some mistakenly think they just need a fresh lens, but what is going on is potentially blinding. Your eyes only receive [...]

By |October 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments