Friday, May 12, 2006
Studies have found that the majority of people who work at a computer experience dry eye or vision problems. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use. The increased use of recreational gadgets such as Personal Digital Assistants, small laptops, and cell phones used for text messaging and Web access may also be contributing factors to the visual fatigue and discomfort experienced by millions, according to leading expert, Jeffery Anshel, OD.
Friday, May 05, 2006
The biochemistry and molecular biology genome science associated with retinal health, and particularly macular degeneration, suggests a strong connection between dietary intake, gene regulation, and disease prevention and progression.
Friday, April 28, 2006
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent #7,029,712 for Biosyntrx's BioTears Oral GelCaps®, a dry eye, tear film integrity formulation. The U.S. patent was granted on all 20 of the inventors' claims. Nutrients included in the BioTears oral formulation have been suggested in clinical studies to systemically control the inflammatory process associated with dry eye synd...
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thomas L. Friedman's best selling book, The World is Flat, brilliantly speaks to the way technology and circumstances have flattened the 21st century world. The new Dry Eye A Practical Guide to Ocular Surface Disorders and Stem Cell Surgery text book, edited by East Indian Ophthalmologists: Amar, Athiya, and Sunita Agarwal, plus an impressive world-wide host of other dry eye expert co-authors, speaks to the new century ease of Internet uploading or downloading dry eye clinical data communications that help to flatten the world of dry eye science.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Many view mountain climbing as the "ultimate" challenge - another metaphor for life itself. Last Tuesday evening Randall J. Olson, MD, mountain climber, runner, all-round athlete, international lecturer and leader in ophthalmic education, was awarded the fifth "Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Ophthalmology," by Jerre Freeman, MD and Barrett Haik, MD of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Within the past month, the CDC has initiated four different research projects in response to the largest outbreak of ocular surface fungal infections ever reported in this country. As of this week, outbreaks have been reported in a number of states. Most of these recent infections seem to be associated with soft contact lens use. Every effort to prevent an eye disease called fusarium mycotic keratitis, a fungal infection of the cornea, should be made because it can lead to blindness if not properly treated.
Friday, March 24, 2006
One of the most popular lecturers at the 2006 ASCRS Symposium and Congress was the Manus C.Kraff Lecture On Science and Medicine Maximizing Memory and Brain Fitness given by the UCLA neuroscientist, Gary Small MD. Dr. Small has published more than 400 research articles in prestigious journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Top o' the morn! The educational focus on refractive intraocular lens (IOLs) at The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Congress, opening today in San Francisco, makes it appropriate to feature our new journal ad designed around spring training suggestions for the cataract and refractive surgeon. The ad focuses on the importance of an intact tear film for optimal visual clairity.
Friday, March 10, 2006
There is considerable scientific evidence that suggests age-related disease is associated with a reduced ability to cope with physiological challenges. One of the roles of the amino acid, carnitine, is to assist the physiological transport of long-chain essential fatty acids (think Omega-3s) across mitochondrial membranes. This facilitates fatty acid energy production and the transport of reactive oxygen species (ROS) compounds out of the mitochondria, preventing their toxic accumulation.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Long term epidemiological studies suggest oxidative stress from environmental factors like smoking and sunlight exposure, as well as low dietary intake of antioxidants, to be the major contributing factors in the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Recent evidence suggests the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) mitochondria to be the important cellular target of this oxidative stress.