News on Cataracts, Cataract Surgery, Eye Health and Eyes

Stem cells for eyeNatural Vision in a Damaged Eye restored with Stem Cell Treatment

Monday, 26 August 2013 News

A Newcastle patient underwent stem cell surgery where doctors took a small sample of cells from his good eye and grew them in a laboratory before transplanting into the damaged eye. Read more…

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Puffy eyesEye smiles: Korean Women Have Surgery to Make Eyes Puffy and Baggy

Wednesday, 7 August 2013 News

Korean women are reportedly spending large sums of money on cosmetic eye surgery to create eye-bags – puffy pouches of skin under each eye. The Koreans think the eye-bags are both cute and make a person look younger, by making the eyes look brighter and bigger. Read more…

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Bionic contact lensBionic Contact Lens will Turn Touch Into Vision

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 News

Much in the way Braille allows people who are blind to “see” the written word, a bionic contact lens invented by Israeli researchers “presses” images onto the surface of the eye to help the brain decipher through touch what the wearer is looking at. Read more…

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Eyes of the Future: how technology has changed the way you might purchase sunglasses

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 News

You try on several pairs of sunglasses to see how the frames look on you from multiple angles. Only you’re not actually wearing physical glasses but rather examining a lifelike 3D model of your own head on the iPad. 3D fit iPad app lets you try on sunglasses on 3D model of your face. Click here to watch a video. ______Read more …

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The newly discovered layer of the cornea is a significant advancement in our understanding of the human eyeAll eyes are on new body part discovery hidden deep in the eye that will make eye surgery safer

Monday, 17 June 2013 News

A previously unknown layer of the cornea has been discovered in the human eye, a breakthrough experts say could rewrite the ophthalmology textbooks covering the anatomy of the human eye. Read more…

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ACryingEyeNewHow to Maintain Good Eye Health

Wednesday, 5 June 2013 News

One of the simplest ways to maintain good eye health is keeping you hydrated at all times. Read more…

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a child undergoes an eye examinationEyesight loss among Aborigines a disgrace, says researcher

Friday, 27 May 2011 News

Aboriginal children begin life with significantly better sight than other Australians. But by the age of 40, because of a lack of eye care and the right glasses, 40% of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders cannot read small print. Read more…

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a blueberryEat these ten foods every day for optimal eye health

Monday, 12 July 2010 News

It is a challenge to keep up with diet trends and health studies. Here is a list of functional foods that keep all the parts of your body in optimal health. Read more…

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an eye telescopeImplantable eye telescope could treat vision problem

Monday, 12 July 2010 News

A minute telescope which is implanted into the eyes to solve the problem of sight has been approved for use in U.S. The new mechanism is for developed for the people who have irrevocable and advanced form of macular degeneration in which blind spot start to develop in the central vision of both eyes. Read more…

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a healthy diet and cataractsHealthy diet linked to lower risk of cataracts in women

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 News

A new study has suggested that women who eat foods rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals may have a lower risk of developing the most common type of cataract. Read more…

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a tiger cubTiger Cub Gets Cataract Eye Surgery

Monday, 24 May 2010 News

This Siberian tiger cub has made Chinese medical history. According to state media, the five-month old became the youngest animal in China to ever undergo eye surgery.

Doctors removed cataracts from both of the cub’s eyes at a hospital in eastern China.
Zoo keepers knew he had a problem when he’d run into walls, and rely only on smell to find food. Read more…

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Study links hormone replacement therapy and elevated cataract risk.

(OSN Supersite, 3 March 2010)

Postmenopausal women undergoing long-term hormone replacement therapy may have an elevated risk of cataract, according to a large Swedish study.

Study data showed a higher cataract risk among women on hormone therapy who consumed more than one alcoholic beverage daily.

“A longer duration of hormone replacement therapy usage was associated with an increased risk of cataract extraction,” the study authors said. “Higher intake of alcohol seemed to potentate the harmful effect of hormone replacement therapy on cataract development. If other studies confirm this association, an increased rate of cataract extraction should be added to the list of potential negative outcomes associated with hormone replacement therapy.”

The prospective cohort study included 30,861 women aged 49 to 83 years who completed a questionnaire about hormone status, use of hormone replacement therapy and lifestyle. The study identified 4,324 women who underwent cataract surgery during the 98-month follow-up interval.

Study data showed that women who had ever used hormone replacement therapy had a 14% higher risk of cataract than women who had never used therapy. Current users had an 18% higher risk of cataract than women who never used hormone replacement therapy.

Results showed that among women who consumed alcohol, current hormone replacement therapy users had a 29% higher risk of cataract extraction than those who did not use therapy. Current users who consumed more than one alcoholic beverage daily had a 42% higher risk of cataract.

Current hormone replacement therapy users who smoked had a 29% higher risk of cataract than women who neither used therapy nor smoked. Current users who never smoked had a 26% higher risk of cataract than women who neither used therapy nor smoked.

Women who currently used hormone replacement therapy and alcohol and were smokers were at a 38% higher risk of cataract.

Naturally secreted estrogen appears to protect the eye from cataract, but estrogen from outside sources in the form of hormone replacement therapy “is not to be regarded as a physiological substitution and could have other effects on the lens,” the authors said.

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The Doc Who Blinded Bach with Cataract surgery

(Linda Roach, EyeNet, American Academy of Ophthalmology)

cataract surgery in 1750History has not been kind to John Taylor, the flamboyant 18th-century British oculist who raised self-promotion to a high art. Many of his contemporaries commonly saw Taylor (1703–1772) as a bombastic quack who, critics believed, blinded Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and probably many others. Self-anointed as French royalty (“chevalier”) and self-promoted as “Ophthalmiater, Pontifical, Imperial, and Royal,” Taylor swept ostentatiously into public squares throughout Europe, conducting surgeries, promising cures—and then quickly leaving town.

Dr. Albert, director of the University of Wisconsin Eye Research Institute and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, talked with EyeNet about Taylor’s mixed contributions to the history of ophthalmology.

Before becoming an itinerant oculist, Taylor trained in London under William Cheselden, who was the first to describe iridectomy. “There is no doubt that [Taylor] had some skill as an operator, and he invented a cataract needle and other instruments,” the 1911 BMJ article notes.

But did the Ophthalmiater really blind Bach and Handel with cataract surgery?

Summarizing his reading of historical records, Dr. Albert said that Taylor apparently twice performed couching for cataracts on Bach’s eyes in Leipzig in 1750. The second surgical bout led to inflammation, Bach’s health collapsed and his vision never returned. He died several months later. Taylor operated on Handel in 1758 for blindness that many historians believe was caused years earlier by a stroke. “In both cases the surgery and the associated medical treatment probably did contribute to deterioration of vision and health, although more clearly so in Bach’s case than in Handel’s,” Dr. Albert said.

And the same hands that harmed Bach also restored the vision of another creative force of the 18th century: Edward Gibbon, who began working on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire after the surgery.

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