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Stem cell therapies for Glaucoma: New Trend in Neuroprotection

Glaucoma is the main cause of blindness worldwide as a generic form of optic neuropathy. Presently, there is no exact remedy for glaucoma. Damage to optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells caused by it is everlasting. As the stem cells can divide indefinitely and separate into various cell types, so they can be used easily for cell-replacement therapy. Recent innovations in stem cell research shows generation of pluripotent stem cells by reprogramming technology from adult somatic cells and these have opened new therapeutic potentials.
Eye spy – Retinal Stem Cells The retina of the eye is an important tissue which senses light and then sends the visual info to the brain. Any damage to these retinal cells can cause various eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, that can eventually lead to blindness and vision loss. Researchers are in a way to find a replacement or preservation of damaged retinal cells to treat these eye diseases. Stem cells can be useful because they can …
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Make Clear Eye Contact, Wear Proper Contact Lens

German ophthalmologist Adolf Fick embarked the journey of optometry with a pioneering method of refractive error correction, the “contact glasses”. The first breakthrough occurred when Bausch+Lomb launched the SofLens in the United States, using patents held by the National Patent Development Corp. and with that, the modern contact lens industry was born.
Throwing an insight to the lenses: Contact lenses are the medical contraption taken over directly on the cornea of eye to amend refractive blunders by adding or subtracting converging power to the eye's lens. Depended on the type of material, lenses are opted for patients by five types:
Soft lenses are made of hydrogels, a gel-like and water-containing plastic molecules. They are very thin lenses and flexible and imitate to the eyes front surface.
Silicone hydrogel lenses are the progressive type of soft contact lenses which allow more oxygen to reach the cornea and are more permeable than regular hydrogel lenses.
Gas permeable lenses

Allergies? Your Eyes don't have to Suffer this Season!

When someone talks about allergies, people expect them to sneeze. But not only our nose is the part of our body that has an allergy attack – that can also occur in our eyes.
Eye Allergies: What’s that? When airborne pollutants like dust and pollen meet the clear membrane, which covers the eyes (conjunctiva), then a substance called histamine is produced by the eyes to repel the allergen. Consequently, the eyelids and conjunctiva become itchy, red and swollen which is known as Eye Allergy. The eyes can tear and burn also.
Types Include: Seasonal allergies happen at certain times of the year - usually early spring through summer and into autumn. Triggers are allergens in the air, commonly pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds, as well as spores from molds.
Perennial allergies happen year-round. Major causes include dust mites, feathers and animal dander. Other elements like perfumes, smoke, chlorine, air pollution, cosmetics and also certain medicines can be a factor for eye allergies.

Ready to know the Secret behind Eye Health

There's not a viable alternative for the personal satisfaction great vision offers. Adding certain supplements daily consume less calories - either through supplements or food - can help protect the vision. Research recommends that antioxidants and other imperative supplements may lessen the danger of macular degeneration and cataracts. Particular antioxidants can have extra advantages also; for instance, vitamin A ensures against visual deficiency and vitamin C may assume a part in counteracting or reducing glaucoma. Omega-3 basic unsaturated fats seem to help the eye in many ways, from lightening manifestations of dry eye disorder to guarding against macular harm. The under said vitamins, minerals and different supplements have been appeared to be fundamental for good vision and may shield the eyes from locate looting conditions and maladies: Beta-carotene, Bioflavonoids (Flavonoids), Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E…

Eye Care in Optometry

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Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) is the independent primary health care professional for the eye.  Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, eye and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Employment in optometry is projected to grow by 33 percent through 2020. Optometry also ranks at #12 on CNNMoney's list of America's 100 top jobs. They make a health assessment, offer clinical advice, prescribe spectacles or contact lenses and refer patients for further treatment, when necessary. A recent study namely ‘Efficacy of vision therapy in children with learning disability and associated binocular vision anomalies’was aimed to report the frequency of binocular vision (BV) anomalies in children with specific learning disorders (SLD) and to assess the efficacy of vision therapy (VT) in 94 children with a non-strabismic binocular vision anomaly (NSBVA). In result they …

Cloudiness to Eye - Light through Cataract Surgery

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The lens of our eye refracts light rays that come into the eye by which we can see. If you there is cataract, then the lens become cloudy and the vision will be blurry, hazy or less colorful. To remove and replace the lens with an artificial one i.e. intraocular lens (IOL), the cataract surgery is performed. But the lens may be become cloudy again after the surgery. This is known as posterior capsular opacification (PCO). It's also called scar tissue or secondary cataract.

According to JOEL HUNTER, MD in his article ‘On Wisdom and Cataracts’ – “The way the lens inside the eye is designed, continues to grow with age, and since it’s in a closed capsule the new layers that are forming in the lens each year compress the older ones deeper down. This is the reason that no person has an eye that can see both distance and near after a certain age (usually between 42 and 48). And it is also the reason that the lens develops a yellow tint to it in the 40s that becomes increasingly c…

Era of Modern Ophthalmology through Traditional Plant Remedies

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The administration of eye problems by chemical drugs with no side effects is yet to test for therapeutic framework. But the natural and traditional medicines can possibly defeat the confinements related with regular medications. Accordingly; numerous endeavors have been made to distinguish new therapeutic plants from various sources due to their viability, less symptoms and generally minimal effort. Around 200 plants worldwide have been recorded to help treatment of eye issue.
The investigation ‘A REVIEW ON AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR EYE DISORDERS FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN ERA’ reveals that, in the Ayurvedic system of medicine mentioned in ancient Indian books (Charak Samhita, Sushrut Samhita, Bhav prakasha, Ras Tarang, Nayan Drastam and Astanghrida) there are so many plants used in ophthalmic disorders. In Ayurveda (Indian system of medicine) various vision disorders like Adhimanth (Glaucoma), Abhishyand(Conjunctivitis), Timir (Cataract), etc. have been described. Their…