Health News

FDA Alerts: Avastin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals that repackaged intravitreal injections of Avastin ( bevacizumab ) have caused a cluster of serious eye infections in the Miami, Florida area.
An Eye for Driving After 65
As parents and grandparents age, inevitably questions arise about their vision and their ability to remain safe on the road. Many vision care providers take the lead, helping to avoid an awkward conversation with a family member.
Protein Contributes to Deaf-Blindness
The discovery of a new role for a protein that mutates in a common genetic disorder that leaves individuals deaf and blind could explain the cause of the most severe cases of the disorder.
Hypertension and Diabetes Increase Glaucoma Risk
Coping with diabetes or hypertension alone can prove trying. But those same individuals also may be at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.
Gene Explains Night Blindness
Night blindness can be so debilitating that some sufferers struggle to drive after dark. The finding of a mutated gene that causes the vision loss in low-light environments explains how night vision is possible.
Genetic Link to Blinding Eye Disease Found
Genetic findings can often highlight certain populations that may be at a heightened disease risk. A gene mutation that can cause a blinding eye disease may be more likely to affect those of Jewish descent.
Preventing Vision Loss with Age
It can be alarming when your vision starts to decline with age. Unfortunately there hasn't been much you could do about it. A new method of predicting who is at risk might help with earlier treatment though.
Frequent Visits Suggested for Glaucoma Patients
Glaucoma doesn't progress overnight. It's usually a steady deterioration. That's why frequent visual field tests may aid in detecting progression of the disease sooner.
Monitoring Eye Degeneration at Home
In many cases vision loss is preventable if patients get regular eye exams. A new device will allow degenerative eye disease patients to better track vision changes, preventing unnecessary vision loss.
Fabry Disease Affects Spanish Patients Differently
A disease may not affect all populations in an equal manner. A recent study shows that Spanish patients with a rare genetic metabolic disease do not necessarily exhibit the same symptoms as those in other European countries.