Posts Tagged ‘Eye Disease’

Dry eye can’t necessarily be cured, but it can be treated

Your eye doctor can help you live with dry eye

Your eye doctor can help you live with dry eye

Dry eye disease is common and can develop for many reasons. Usually, the condition is chronic and cannot be cured. Instead, treatment for dry eyes focuses on relieving symptoms. Dry eye is when the front surface of your eye does not get covered with the right layer of tears and the perfect mixture of oils and water of those tears. If any of these are off, dry eye disease can develop.

Symptoms of dry eye disease may include a stinging, itchy or burning sensation in your eye, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and mucus in or around your eye. As you’ve experienced, excess tearing can also be a symptom. Normally, tears are produced very slowly. But if that process fails to make enough tears, a different tear production system may be activated. And, unfortunately, this reflex mechanism usually produces too many tears.

Treatment can be done with several techniques, including artificial tears or even medication such as cyclosporine (Restasis). Sometimes antibiotics may even be used to reduce inflammation that can lead to oil production problems. But before you begin treatment, check with you doctor as some medications you may currently be on could be causing dry eye as a side effect.

Work with your eye care provider to find the appropriate dry eye treatment. These therapies won’t cure dry eyes, but they should help reduce symptoms enough so you can be comfortable and function normally in your daily activities.

For information on dry eye disease and treatment, contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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Video game has medical purpose

Vision disease testing has a new ally

Vision disease testing has a new ally

Wait a minute parents, could this be? Could there really be a video game out there that actually serves a purpose other than entertainment? Well apparently the answer is, yes there is.

Tariq Aslam, a consultant at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, realized that it was difficult to get children to have a proper eye exam in test for problems such as glaucoma, drug side effects, and other conditions. They could not sit still or respond correctly to get an accurate testing and therefore were being wrongly diagnosed and improperly treated.

He realized that the ideal way to overcome a short attention span and lack of cooperation was to get children involved in playing a computer game, which would automatically measure their peripheral vision depending on exactly how they played.

So far the 17 children age 4 to 14 have participated in the test and early feedback has been positive. Aslam is optimistic for the future and the ability to get this testing to developing countries and the equipment is inexpensive.

For more information on disease testing for children, contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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Stem Cell Research Shining a Bright Light on Age-Related Macular Degeneration

stem cell researchThe leading cause of visual impairment and blindness of older people around the world is age-related macular degeneration and now scientists may be on the verge of a medical break through.

Stem cell research has been a focus of many diseases and disabilities in its attempts to cure or prevent, but scientists may have finally been discovered a new use for stem cells. The notion to transplant stem cells into patients with AMD will help slow or even regenerate retinal pigment epithelium, the cells that die off and lead to AMD.

This research is still in the beginning stages and a very long ways away from becoming a viable treatment or cure, but the potential is bright. The next step in this research is to focus on a generation of ’safe’ as well as viable hiPS-derived somatic cells, the cells that mimic the RED cells that degenerate, before they can take this treatment to trial.

For more information on AMD or help in diagnosis, please contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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