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How Do You Get Pink Eye?

Created on: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: pink eye, viral conjunctivitis, inflammation, kaufman eye institute

If you've seen a case of pink eye, you know it looks even worse than it sounds.

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, develops when the transparent membrane, or conjunctiva, lining the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball gets inflamed

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An interesting way a surfer removed a pterygium (a growth of tissue on the eye). Don't try this at home folks!"

Created on: Monday, July 14, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: giant wave, growth on the eye, pterygium, kaufman eye institute

Instead of getting surgery, an adventurous surfer in Hawaii sought a different approach to treat his eye condition — he dipped his head into the rushing water while surfing a gigantic, 30-foot (10 meters) wave, according to a new report of his case.

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Computer Use Associated With Dry Eye, Changes In Tear Mucin5AC.

Created on: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: long term computeruse, dry eye, kaufman eye institute

Medscape (6/12, Hackethal) reports that according to a study published online June 5 in JAMA Ophthalmology, the use of “a computer for long hours is linked to dry eye disease and decreased concentrations of Mucin5AC (MUC5AC) in tears.” The study, which involved “96 volunteers (60 men, 36 women) employed as Japanese office workers, who completed questionnaires about their dry eye symptoms and daily computer use, which they categorized as short (<5 hours), intermediate (5 – 7 hours), and long (>7 hours),” is the first to associate “MUC5AC, which belongs to a group of protective substances in tears called mucins, with dry eye disease and computer use.”

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Cataract Surgery

Created on: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: cataracts, decreased mortality after cataract surgery, kaufman eye institute

This study was conducted by a group in Australia (Blue Mountain Eye Study) stating the mortality rate of patients with visual impairments who have had cataract surgery has decreased by 40% over the patients that haven't had cataract surgery. The study was performed on patients over the age of 49 and modifications to the study were made to compensate for health conditions; i.e. high blood pressure, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, and body mass index. It's not clear why the decrease, however if patients are able to see they tend to become more physically active, have a boost of confidence as well as the will to thrive.

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Keratitis-Causing Bacteria May Survive Longer In Contact Lens Solution Than Once Thought

Created on: Friday, May 16, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: keratitis, bacteria in contact lens solution, p. aeruginosa

HealthDay (4/18, Preidt) reports that according to a study presented at a meeting of the Society of General Microbiology, “bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known.” Researchers found that strain 39016 of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is associated with microbial keratitis, appeared to survive in contact lens “solution for more than four hours.” The study authors “suggested that tests of contact lens solutions should determine if they can kill all P. aeruginosa strains.”

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Two New Therapies Promising For Alleviating Dry Eye Disease Symptoms

Created on: Friday, May 16, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: new therapy alleviating dry eye, eye inflammation, kaufman eye institute

Medscape (5/2, Melville) reports that according to research presented April 27 at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2014 Symposium, “two new therapies tackle the tough-to-treat symptoms of dry eye disease by targeting the inflammation associated with the condition.” One study involved “EBI-005, a novel topical interleukin (IL)-1 receptor blocker.” The other study focused on “lifitegrast ophthalmic solution 5.0%.”

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Black InkTattoos and Eye inflammation and Sarcoidosis

Created on: Monday, April 28, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: black ink tattoos, uveitis, eye inflammation, sarcoidosis, kaufman eye institute

Uveitis is a type of inflammation in the eye that can cause blurred vision and light sensitivity. Uveitis can also be an indication of inflammation in the body. A rare cause of uveitis has been linked to tattoos. A John Hopkin's uveitis eye doctor has suggested that people who have a uveitis reaction to tattoos may also have an atypical or mild type of sarcoidosis. In these cases, only the black ink part of the tattoo becomes raised.

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Worsening Glaucoma could be related to your sleep position

Created on: Monday, April 14, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: glaucoma, sleep position, eye condition, kaufman eye institute

Researchers have suggested that worsening of glaucoma in your left or right eye could be related to sleeping on your left or right side. Studies have shown that sleeping on your side versus sleeping on your back can cause the eye pressure to be elevated up to 2mmHg in the downward facing eye. Further studies showed that subjects tended to sleep with their worst eye downward. Sleeping on your back may help prevent furthering glaucomatous eye damage.

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Is there a connection between smartphones and eye strain?

Created on: Monday, January 20, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: smartphones, tablets, computers, eye strain, fatigue, vision, eye health, kaufman eye institute

We probably all heard this one as a kid: "Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll strain your eyes!" Now fast forward to the age of smartphones, and everyone is constantly looking at a screen that's only a few inches away from their eyes.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month

Created on: Monday, January 13, 2014
Author: Kaufman Eye Institute

Tags: glaucoma, vision loss, eye exams, optic nerve, intraocular pressure, prevention, treatment

This month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. January is an important time to raise awareness and spread the word about glaucoma, its symptoms and its treatment. The disease is considered the "silent thief of sight" as there are virtually no symptoms associated with it and once vision is lost, it's gone for good. As much as 40% of vision can be lost before any sort of change is noticed. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but with early detection and treatment, its effects can be slowed down and further vision loss can be prevented. Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of these individuals don't even know that they have the disease. With these numbers growing, it is very important to not only receive regular eye examinations, but to help raise awareness about the disease as well.

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