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Optometrists Diagnose Rare Disorder

By | May 30, 2016|

Fabry disease is a rare genetic disorder, but one of its hallmark signs is easily visible in the cornea during a routine exam. Doctors of optometry who are able to diagnose this often overlooked disease can help patients receive critical treatment.

Fabry disease, which is estimated to occur in 1 in 40,000 live births, is a […]

Zika Linked to Infant Eye Damage

By | May 30, 2016|

Infants infected with the Zika virus may be born not only with unusually small heads, but also with eye abnormalities that threaten vision, researchers reported on Tuesday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

The study described damage to the retina or optic nerve in 10 of 29 newborns examined at Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil. […]

Myopia Epidemic, Worldwide

By | October 15, 2015|

Throughout the world there is an epidemic of myopia (nearsightedness).

According to Dr. Jeffery Cooper, a myopia researcher, in the early 1970s there was about 25% myopia among U.S. young adults. Compare that to 41% in 2004. Genetics cannot explain such a change!

Taiwan is now 80% myopic. In South Korea in 1955 myopia affected 18%. In […]

Dry Eye Syndrome: Introduction

By | April 20, 2015|

At one time we eye people worried about making thinner lenses for high prescription glasses. Later we fretted over the rising incidents of cataracts and eye disease in our aging American population. Then we agonized over LASIK. Currently the nagging conundrum is chronically uncomfortable eyes – inappropriately labeled dry eye when what’s really meant is […]

Macular Pucker

By | February 2, 2015|

Macular pucker is a protracted visceral stress condition common to bungee jumpers.

Sorry, just kidding.

Macular pucker is actually an eye disorder – an anomalous facet of a normal happening.

When we are born the inside filling of our eyes is a clear but firm jelly called the vitreous. The vitreous is contained in a membrane which adheres […]

Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) 2

By | June 16, 2014|

Just as with AREDS, I believe AREDS 2 has a multitude of problems. Instead of studying just one or two variables the study has as many as six. Then it is stated over and over again within the abstract, methods and results that there is no true placebo group. Why not simplify the project so […]

Migraines and Vision

By | February 10, 2014|

You’re feeling a little strange, and something is funny about your vision. Well, funny only if you have a bad sense of humor.

At ten minutes you postpone a run for groceries because … well you’re just not seeing well. Maybe you should take a break. You reach for the morning paper. You can’t quite catch […]

Sunglasses, Part 2

By | June 26, 2013|

The American sunglass industry has done a good job of regulating itself, although some of their advertising is a bit grandiose. Still the sunglass industry has not stepped beyond those claims made by plenty of other industries.

In this article I address how sunglasses can help with reflections. Some sunglass producers tout elimination of 100% of […]

Sunglasses, Part 1

By | June 25, 2013|

The American sunglass industry has done a good job of regulating itself. The world has followed. The industry has seen to the use of good science, but it is appropriate to know which claims of superiority have validity and which are shaded distortions, pun intended.

Let’s start by considering the UV filtration aspect of sunglasses.
The prefix […]