Diabetes medication may protect against a common cause of blindness Metformin may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration Researchers from Taiwan have shown that people with type 2 diabetes who took a common diabetes medication, metformin, had a significantly lower rate of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study suggests that the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects of metformin can protect against AMD while it controls diabetes. The research will be presented today at AAO 2018, the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

For those in the habit of getting their neck adjusted by a chiropractor, there's an interesting case to know about: High velocity neck manipulation has been shown to create stress on the eye and lead to spotty vision. FULL STORY For those in the habit of getting their neck adjusted by a chiropractor, the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center has interesting information to know about: High velocity neck manipulation has been shown to result in stress on the eye and lead to spotty vision.

Safety and Bioavailability of Carotenoids By Michael J. Tolentino, MD, and Andrew J. Tolentino As you know, lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (M) are carotenoids that accumula te as pigment in the center part of the retina called the macula. Macular pigment (MP) protects against macular degeneration, enhances visual performance, filters high-energy blue light, and potently neutralizes free radicals. Accumulation of macular pigment, while important for vision, requires dietary intake to initiate and maintain adequate levels, so understanding bioavailability and safety of these carotenoids is crucial.

Supplementation Enhances Vision of Pre and Post Cataract Surgery Patients By Mihir Parikh, MD When vision is restored with successful cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation, patients generally expect to have good vision for the rest of their lives. However, population studies do not necessarily support that assumption. A leading cause of permanent vision loss in the developed world is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and the risk of AMD increases with advancing age.

Thirty-seven store owners and wholesale distribution companies in Texas have agreed to stop selling "unlawful and potentially dangerous" contact lenses in Texas, according to the state's attorney general. Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a press release that his office had secured "Assurances of Voluntary Compliance" from the businesses. The owners have made refunds available to consumers and will pay more than $140,000 in civil penalties and attorneys’ fees.

First-Aid Treatment for Eye Injuries It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Accidents can happen anytime, especially involving kids. They can get into all sorts of things, believing they are invincible. More often than breaking their bones, kids suffer eye injuries that can leave them seriously hurt.

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