Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Eye Health and Glycemic Index

Friday, June 02, 2006

For the past decade epidemiologic studies and clinical trials have been suggesting that diets high in the full-spectrum of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant nutrients lower the risk of degenerative eye diseases. New studies published in the 2006 April and May issues of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition now suggest an association between consumption of high glycemic carbohydrate foods and both cortical and nuclear lens opacities and macular degeneration.

Women Unaware of Menopause/Dry Eye Connection? Surely They Jest!

Friday, May 26, 2006

The Society for Women's Health Research recent dry eye survey revealed that 62% of menopausal and peri-menopausal women experience dry eye symptoms. The society news release, and all the media coverage headlines, focused on the fact that 84% of the menopausal women surveyed supposedly claimed not to have any idea painful dry eyes could be linked to menopause.

The Digital World and Vision Problems

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.

AMD Clinical Study Review

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.

BioTears U.S. Patent Granted

Friday, April 28, 2006

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent #7,029,712 for Biosyntrx's BioTears Oral GelCapsĀ®, 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...

Our Dry Eye World Is Also Flat

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.

Ophthalmology's Mountain Man

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.

Lactoferrin and Contact Lens Fusarium Infections

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.

ASCRS 2006: Manus Kraft, MD Lecture

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.

Spring Training for Eye Surgeons

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.

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